|Preceded by Micheline Calmy-Rey|
Spouse Muriel Zeender Berset
|Name Alain Berset|
Preceded by Didier Burkhalter
|Born 9 April 1972 (age 43)
Fribourg, Switzerland (1972-04-09) |
Political party Social Democratic Party
Alma mater University of Neuchatel
Role Member of the Swiss Federal Council
Party Social Democratic Party of Switzerland
Office Member of the Swiss Federal Council since 2012
Similar People Didier Burkhalter, Simonetta Sommaruga, Johann Schneider‑Ammann, Ueli Maurer, Doris Leuthard
Education University of Neuchatel
President of Switzerland: How can democracy deal with inequality
Alain Berset (born 9 April 1972) is a Swiss politician of the Social Democratic Party. Since 1 January 2012, he is a member of the Swiss Federal Council, the seven member Swiss government, and head of the Federal Department of Home Affairs (the Swiss interior minister). Before being elected to the Federal Council in December 2011, he was a member of the Swiss Council of States for the Canton of Fribourg since 2003, serving as the chamber's president during the 2008/2009 term.
- President of Switzerland How can democracy deal with inequality
- Personal life and education
Personal life and education
Born in Fribourg on 9 April 1972, the son of a teacher and a bookseller, Berset studied political science and economics at the University of Neuchâtel, where he received a master's degree in political science in 1996 and a Ph.D in economics in 2005 with a dissertation about the role of international migration upon local working conditions.
Berset is married to Muriel Zeender Berset and father of three children. The family lives in Belfaux, a village near Fribourg.
Berset worked as assistant lecturer and researcher at the Institute for Regional Economics of the University of Neuchâtel from 1996 till 2000, when he moved to the Hamburg Institute for Economic Research for a year. In 2000 he became a member of the Constituent Assembly of the canton of Fribourg and president of its social democrat parliamentary group till 2004. He also served on the Belfaux communal parliament from 2001 to 2003. In 2002, he became strategic consultant to the Department of Economic Affairs of the canton of Neuchâtel. In 2003 he was elected to the Swiss Council of States for the canton of Fribourg as a member of the Social Democratic Party becoming the youngest member of the Council of States, and the party's parliamentary group's vicepresident in December 2005. He was also a member of the parliamentary assembly of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe. After his reelection in 2007, he was elected the State Council's vicepresident and served as its president during 2008/2009.
On 14 December 2011, he was elected with 126 votes out of 245 to the Swiss Federal Council, the seven member Swiss government, as one of the Social Democratic Party's two official candidates to succeed head of the Department of Foreign Affairs Micheline Calmy-Rey, who had resigned from the Federal Council. Berset became head of the Federal Department of Home Affairs as its former head Didier Burkhalter changed to the Department of Foreign Affairs.
Berset is the author of several books and some 30 articles on economic development, migration and regional development.