Swiss intelligence agencies

Federal Intelligence Service
(German) Nachrichtendienst des Bundes
(French) Service de renseignement de la Confédération
(Italian) Servizio delle attività informative della Confederazione
(Romansh) Servetsch d'infurmaziun da la Confederaziun
Agency overview
Jurisdiction Federal administration of Switzerland
Minister responsible
Parent agency Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sports

The Swiss intelligence community is a group of agencies with responsibilities to protect the interests and infrastructure of Switzerland.[1]

Federal Intelligence Service

As of 1 January 2010, there is a new security policy instrument in Switzerland, the Federal Intelligence Service (FIS) (German: Nachrichtendienst des Bundes, NDB; French: Service de renseignement de la Confédération, SRC; Italian: Servizio delle attività informative della Confederazione, SIC; Romansh: Servetsch da las activitads infurmativs da la Confederaziun, SIC). The new service was created by merging the Service for Analysis and Prevention (DAP) with the Strategic Intelligence Service (SND). Through the use of synergies and consistent adjustment to the needs of the service recipients a powerful intelligence service was created which is adapted to meet modern requirements and which forms the future contact for all levels of the Confederation and the cantons.

Partners and service recipients

The partners and service recipients of the FIS are the political and military leaders, the federal administration, in particular the departments:

Abroad the FIS maintains contacts to more than 100 intelligence, police and security services throughout the world. These bilateral and multilateral contacts have all been authorised by the Federal Council.


The legal foundations for the activities of the FIS and thus for its missions are according to the Federal Act on Responsibilities in the Area of the Civilian Intelligence Service (CISA)

And according to the Federal Act on Measures to Safeguard Internal Security (STA)

The thematic and geographic areas of interest are:


The Federal Intelligence Service produces an annual report called Switzerland's Security, available for download on the FIS website.

Military Intelligence Service

The Military Intelligence Service (German: Militärischer Nachrichtendienst; French: Service de renseignement militaire; Italian: Servizio informazioni militare) is the military intelligence branch of the Armed Forces.

Postal Service and Telecommunications Surveillance

The Postal Service and Telecommunications Surveillance (French: Surveillance de la correspondance par poste et télécommunication, SCPT; German: Überwachung Post- und Fernmeldeverkehr, ÜPF; Italian: Sorveglianza della corrispondenza postale e del traffico delle telecomunicazioni, SCPT; Romansh: surveglianza dal traffic da posta e da telecommunicaziun, STPT) is a service within the Federal Department of Justice and Police (since 1 January 2008) charged with coordinating wiretapping requests of the criminal investigation authorities.


In 2012, a senior IT technician stole crucial intelligence documents.

In 2014, an agent of the Federal Intelligence Services is involved in a hacking case against journalists acting for Giroud, the Swiss winemaker.


  1. "Federal Intelligence Service" (PDF). Swiss Confederation. Retrieved February 9, 2014.

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