Federal Office for Culture

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Federal Office for Culture
"Corporate Design Federation" - logo of the federal authorities of the Swiss Confederation
Headquarters Bern
Chief Isabelle Chassot
Deputy Yves Fischer
At sight Federal Department of Home Affairs FDHA
Website https://www.bak.admin.ch

The Federal Office of Culture (BAK) ( French Office fédéral de la culture (OFC) , Italian Ufficio federale della cultura (UFC) , Romansh Uffizi federal da cultura (UFC) ) is an administrative unit of the Federal Department of Home Affairs (FDHA). Its administrative seat is in Bern. The duties of the office are divided into two broad areas: promotion of Swiss cultural creation and preservation of cultural heritage. In 2014, the total budget was around 170 million francs.

The BAK promotes cultural creation in the fields of literature, theater, dance, music, film, art and design. In the area of ​​homeland security, the BAK supports monument protection and archeology. It also maintains valuable collections, libraries, archives and museums.

Isabelle Chassot has been the director since November 1, 2013 .


In 1975 the Federal Office of Culture was created as a simple administrative service to coordinate cultural activities. In the same year the so-called Clottubericht was published, an inventory of the cultural equipment of Switzerland commissioned by the Department of the Interior. The report recommended, among other things, the creation of a constitutional article that should regulate the responsibilities of the federal government in matters of culture. But it was not until 1999, after a few difficult votes and in the course of the total revision of the federal constitution , that the role of the federal government in matters of culture was determined at the constitutional level. In order to implement Article 69 of the Federal Constitution ("cultural articles"), the Culture Promotion Act (KFG) was drawn up under the leadership of the BAK and passed in Parliament on December 11, 2009. The KFG came into force on January 1, 2012.

Legal basis

The role of the federal government is regulated in particular by Articles 69, 70 and 71 of the Federal Constitution.

Although the cantons are responsible for cultural affairs in Switzerland (Art. 69 Para. 1 BV), the Confederation “can support cultural endeavors of national interest and promote art and music, especially in the field of education” (Art. 69 Paragraph 2 BV). In doing so, he always takes into account “the cultural and linguistic diversity of the country” (Art. 69 Para. 3 BV). The area of ​​film (Art. 71 BV) and the preservation and promotion of multilingualism (Art. 70 BV) are the responsibility of the federal government. If the public interest so requires, the federal government ultimately has the task of preserving and protecting «landscapes, townscapes, historical sites and natural and cultural monuments» (Art. 78 BV).


The Federal Office of Culture is divided into two areas: cultural mediation and cultural promotion. The organizational chart shows the following internal departments:

  • Preservation and communication of the cultural heritage
  • Cultural creation and cultural diversity
    • Culture and society
    • Cultural creation
    • Movie


  1. ^ The Head of Office website of the Federal Office of Culture. Retrieved November 26, 2018.
  2. ^ Organization chart (PDF) website of the Federal Office of Culture. Retrieved November 26, 2018.
  3. Marcel Amrein: Unexpected choice for the cultural office. In: Neue Zürcher Zeitung from May 8, 2013
  4. Further information under The BAK → Legal Basis ( Memento of June 9, 2007 in the Internet Archive ).
  5. ^ BAK organization chart (PDF, 65 kB) ( Memento from June 9, 2007 in the Internet Archive ).

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