Corina Casanova

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Official portrait of Chancellor Corina Casanova (2011)
Corina Casanova (back, first position from right) in the official Federal Council photo 2015

Corina Lydia Casanova (born January 4, 1956 in Ilanz ; resident in Vrin and Ruschein ) is a Swiss lawyer . From January 1, 2008 to December 31, 2015, she was Federal Chancellor of the Swiss Confederation , which as such headed the Federal Chancellery . She is a member of the Christian Democratic People's Party (CVP).

On June 29, 2015, the Federal Chancellery announced that Corina Casanova would waive a third term in the renewal elections on December 9, 2015. Walter Thurnherr was his successor .


Casanova grew up in the Graubünden villages of Tarasp and Ruschein , where she also attended primary school. At the canton school in Chur she obtained the Matura type B in 1977 . She then studied law at the University of Freiburg and graduated in 1982 with a licentiate . In 1984 she was admitted to the bar of the Canton of Graubünden . She then worked for two years in the law firm of the former Federal Court President Giusep Nay . From 1986 to 1990 she was a delegate of the International Committee of the Red Cross in South Africa , Angola , Nicaragua and El Salvador .

In 1992 Casanova joined the federal administration and became the information officer of the parliamentary services . From 1996 to 1999 she worked on the staff of Federal Councilor Flavio Cotti , head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA). She then worked in the same department as a personal assistant to Federal Councilor Joseph Deiss . In April 2002 the Federal Council appointed her Deputy Secretary General of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. She was elected Vice Chancellor on April 27, 2005, and took office on August 1, 2005.

After Chancellor Annemarie Huber-Hotz announced her resignation, the Federal Assembly elected Casanova on December 12, 2007 as her successor. On January 1, 2016, she handed over the office to Walter Thurnherr .

Casanova speaks six languages: Romansh ( Sursilvan and Vallader ), German, French, Italian, English and Spanish.


  • Prize for bilingualism 2013. Awarded by the forum for bilingualism .

Web links

Commons : Corina Casanova  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Nomination d'une Secrétaire générale suppléante. Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), June 27, 2002, accessed on June 29, 2015 (French).
  2. ^ Federal Chancellor Corina Casanova is not running for a third term. Federal Chancellery (BK), June 29, 2015, accessed on June 29, 2015 .
  3. Price for bilingualism . Retrieved July 30, 2019.