We currently have public holidays for 2016 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
Date Day Holiday Cantons
1 Jan Fri New Year's Day All Cantons
2 Jan Sat Saint Berchtold's Day AG BE FR GL JU LU
NE OW SH SO TG VD
6 Jan Wed Epiphany GR LU SZ TI UR
1 Mar Tue Republic Day NE
19 Mar Sat Saint Joseph's Day GR LU NW SZ SO TI
20 Mar Sun Palm Sunday All Cantons
25 Mar Fri Good Friday All Cantons Except TI VS
27 Mar Sun Easter Sunday All Cantons
28 Mar Mon Easter Monday All Cantons Except VS
3 Apr Sun Näfelser Fahrt GL
1 May Sun Labour Day AR BL BS FR JU NE
SH SO TG TI ZH
5 May Thu Ascension Day All Cantons
15 May Sun Pentecost All Cantons
16 May Mon Whit Monday All Cantons Except VS
26 May Thu Corpus Christi AG AI FR GR JU LU
NW OW SZ SO TI UR
23 Jun Thu Fête d'Indépendance JU
29 Jun Wed St. Peter and St. Paul TI
1 Aug Mon Swiss National Day All Cantons
15 Aug Mon Assumption AG AI FR JU LU NW
OW SZ SO TI UR VS ZG
8 Sep Thu Jeûne genevois GE
18 Sep Sun Federal Day of Thanksgiving,
Repentance and Prayer
All Cantons Except GE
19 Sep Mon Lundi du Jeûne VD
25 Sep Sun Saint Nicholas of Flüe Day OW
1 Nov Tue All Saints Day AG AI FR GL JU LU
NW OW SG SZ SO TI
UR VS ZG
8 Dec Thu Immaculate Conception AG AI FR GR LU NW
OW SZ SO TI UR VS ZG
25 Dec Sun Christmas Day All Cantons
26 Dec Mon St. Stephen's Day AG AI AR BL BS BE
FR GL GR LU NW OW
SG SH SZ SO TG TI
UR ZG ZH
31 Dec Sat Restoration of the Republic GE LU NW OW SG SH