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Make anonymous and non-confidential data from the Confederation, cantons and communes freely accessible (Open Government Data OGD)

The Open Government Data Office, affiliated to the Federal Statistical Office, is coordinating the implementation of Switzerland's OGD strategy for 2019–2023 in close cooperation with the Federal Department of Home Affairs (FDHA). The strategy aims to make a collection of open government data freely available to the public on the opendata.swiss portal.

The open government data strategy for 2019–2023

The "Switzerland's open government data strategy for 2019 to 2023" was adopted by the Federal Council on 30 November 2018. Publishing open government data enhances transparency, participation and innovation in all areas of society. In order to apply this principle in a sustainable and secure manner, the federal offices are gradually making their data available in open, free and computer-readable formats ("open government data") at opendata.swiss. Other existing data will gradually be made available to the public (e.g. data from the cantons, communes, cities or parastatal companies). It should be noted that this principle does not apply where there is an overriding legitimate interest, e.g. data protection reasons.

The strategy has five aims:

  • To promote the coordinated publication of data
  • To guarantee the quality of the data and its description(s)
  • To continue operation of the opendata.swiss centralised portal
  • To create and run a central register of government data
  • To encourage the use of data
Switzerland's open government data strategy for 2019 to 2023 (available in French, German and Italian)

The opendata.swiss portal

opendata.swiss is the Swiss public administration's central portal for open government data, i.e. data that is freely accessible. It contains data from all areas of the administration, e.g. health insurance premiums, demographic statistics, current weather data and public transport data.


Measures supported as part of the implementation

The organisation responsible (Federal Statistical Office) implements specific measures together with eGovernment Switzerland to promote cooperation with cantons and communes:

Measures Deadline
Promotion of data-driven innovation initiatives at the cantonal and communal levels through the creation of a community. 31.12.2023
Project to strengthen the joint dissemination of statistical data by the Confederation and the cantons. 31.12.2023
Hosting solution for small institutional providers of open access data. 31.12.2023

Competent organisation

Open Government Data Office

Federal Statistical Office
Espace de l'Europe 10
CH-2010 Neuchâtel
Contact: opendata(at)bfs.admin.ch
Open government data newsletter (available in French, German and Italian)
Open Government Data Office
Organisation of open government data activities according to the 2019–2023 strategy
Open government data documentation
2019 federal elections and votes: open government data offering
Cooperation in the German-language speaking region (D-A-CH-LI)