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Switzerland

Public Holidays 2016 and 2017

We currently have public holidays for 2016 and 2017 listed. Please scroll below to see these lists of holidays. 

Switzerland is one of the most prosperous and economically stable countries in Europe, and Swiss employees are entitled to generous time off for vacation and holiday leave. Holiday entitlement is discretionary according to either an employment contract or trade union collective bargaining agreement.

Holidays in Switzerland are categorized according to established common local holidays, regional observances and seasonal celebrations. Each municipality, city and region determines its own holiday entitlement for employees.

In addition, Switzerland observes seasonal celebrations including March Equinox, June Solstice, September Equinox and December Solstice. Although these observances are not categorized as official holidays, many employers allow time off for seasonal celebrations, which typically fall on a weekend.

Interestingly, the only official public holiday recognized in Switzerland is Swiss National Day observed on August 1. In Switzerland, the Federal Statute on International Private Law (PILA) determines the terms of employment contracts. Although employment contracts are not required by law, most employers and employees prefer to have written agreements setting forth terms of employment, salary, benefits and entitlement to common local holidays and territorial observances.

Holiday Entitlement in Switzerland

The majority of Swiss employees are allowed four weeks of paid holiday and vacation leave per year. The law provides that employees under the age of 20 may receive five weeks of paid vacation and holiday pay per year. Holidays in Switzerland are observed on their regular calendar date. If a holiday falls on a weekend, a paid holiday is not honoured during the following week.

The cost of living in Switzerland is significantly higher than most European countries. Due to the high cost of living, Swiss employers typically offer employees higher rates of pay in order to retain a loyal workforce. Recent financial surveys and employment statistics indicate that salaries for skilled professionals and unskilled laborers are approximately three times higher than salaries paid by neighboring countries. Statistics show that Swiss employees working in the major metropolitan centers of Geneva and Zurich are afforded the highest salaries and the most generous paid time off.

Public Holidays 2016

DateDayHolidayCantons
1 JanFriNew Year's DayAll Cantons
2 JanSatSaint Berchtold's DayAG BE FR GL JU LU
NE OW SH SO TG VD
ZG ZH
6 JanWedEpiphanyGR LU SZ TI UR
1 MarTueRepublic DayNE
19 MarSatSaint Joseph's DayGR LU NW SZ SO TI
UR VS
20 MarSunPalm SundayAll Cantons
25 MarFriGood FridayAll Cantons Except TI VS
27 MarSunEaster SundayAll Cantons
28 MarMonEaster MondayAll Cantons Except VS
3 AprSunNäfelser FahrtGL
1 MaySunLabour DayAR BL BS FR JU NE
SH SO TG TI ZH
5 MayThuAscension DayAll Cantons
15 MaySunPentecost SundayAll Cantons
16 MayMonWhit MondayAll Cantons Except VS
26 MayThuCorpus ChristiAG AI FR GR JU LU
NW OW SZ SO TI UR
VS ZG
23 JunThuFête d'IndépendanceJU
29 JunWedSt. Peter and St. PaulTI
1 AugMonNational DayAll Cantons
15 AugMonAssumptionAG AI FR JU LU NW
OW SZ SO TI UR VS ZG
8 SepThuJeûne genevoisGE
18 SepSunFederal Day of Thanksgiving,
Repentance and Prayer
All Cantons Except GE
19 SepMonLundi du JeûneVD
25 SepSunSaint Nicholas of Flüe DayOW
1 NovTueAll Saints DayAG AI FR GL JU LU
NW OW SG SZ SO TI
UR VS ZG
8 DecThuImmaculate ConceptionAG AI FR GR LU NW
OW SZ SO TI UR VS ZG
25 DecSunChristmas DayAll Cantons
26 DecMonSt. Stephen's DayAG AI AR BL BS BE
FR GL GR LU NW OW
SG SH SZ SO TG TI
UR ZG ZH
31 DecSatRestoration of the RepublicGE LU NW OW SG SH

Public Holidays 2017

DateDayHolidayCantons
1 JanSunNew Year's DayAll Cantons
2 JanMonSaint Berchtold's DayAG BE FR GL JU LU
NE OW SH SO TG VD
ZG ZH
6 JanFriEpiphanyGR LU SZ TI UR
1 MarWedRepublic DayNE
19 MarSunSaint Joseph's DayGR LU NW SZ SO TI
UR VS
14 AprFriGood FridayAll Cantons Except TI VS
17 AprMonEaster MondayAll Cantons Except VS
1 MayMonLabour DayAR BL BS FR JU NE
SH SO TG TI ZH
25 MayThuAscension DayAll Cantons
4 JunSunPentecost SundayAll Cantons
5 JunMonWhit MondayAll Cantons Except VS
15 JunThuCorpus ChristiAG AI FR GR JU LU
NW OW SZ SO TI UR
VS ZG
29 JunThuSt. Peter and St. PaulGR TI
1 AugTueNational DayAll Cantons
15 AugTueAssumptionAG AI FR JU LU NW
OW SZ SO TI UR VS ZG
7 SepThuJeûne genevoisGE
17 SepSunFederal Day of Thanksgiving,
Repentance and Prayer
All Cantons Except GE
18 SepMonDay after the Federal FastBE NE VD
25 SepMonSaint Nicholas of Flüe DayOW
1 NovWedAll Saints DayAG AI FR GL JU LU NW
OW SG SZ SO TI UR VS ZG
8 DecFriImmaculate ConceptionAG AI FR GR LU NW
OW SZ SO TI UR VS ZG
25 DecMonChristmas DayAll Cantons
26 DecTueSt. Stephen's DayAG AI AR BL BS BE
FR GL GR LU NW OW
SG SH SZ SO TG TI
UR ZG ZH
31 DecSunRestoration of the RepublicGE LU NW OW SG SH