Government Council of the Canton of Zurich
Words of welcome by the President
In 2019 the Canton of Zurich celebrates three prominent figures whose traces can still be found in our canton hundreds of years later. The religious reformer Huldrych Zwingli, Government Councillor Alfred Escher and Gottfried Keller, the first chancellor of the canton, all shaped Zurich’s political, economic, social, religious and cultural life far beyond their times. Thanks to the brilliant ideas and indefatigable creative energy of such pioneering thinkers, our canton has become the central hub of Swiss public transport, the country’s most important financial centre and – revolving around the ETH, the University of Zurich and our universities of applied sciences – , Switzerland’s centre of knowledge and innovation. Our canton is attractive and superbly positioned, both in Switzerland and internationally. Safeguarding this status for the future requires constructive collaboration within the Government Council and with the public, including stakeholders ranging from education and the arts, healthcare, transport and the environment, thus assuring law and order and financial security.
Carmen Walker Späh, President of the Government Council