with the term Italian Switzerland or italienischsprachige Switzerland is meant the italienischsprachigen regions of Switzerland. In Italian Switzerland approximately 350,000 inhabitants live; thus less than 5% Swiss.
The Italian language is in Switzerland an official office language. It is on an equal footing before the state of the Germans as well as the French language.
Italian Switzerland in the federal state government
- Stefano Franscini (1848 - 1857)
- Giovanni Battista Pioda (1857 1864)
- Giuseppe Motta (1911 - 1940)
- Enrico Celio (1940 1950)
- Giuseppe Lepori (1954 - 1959)
- Nello Celio (1966 - 1973)
- Flavio Cotti (1987 - 1999)
as in the Second World War Upper House of Parliament Motta died in the middle, wanted to absolutely select one a Tessiner to its successor, around irredentistischen Requirements of Mussolini - to meet Italy. The search for a suitable politician became difficult. Finally the Presidential Election Council selected in the federal politics to anhin completely unknown Tessiner the Council of State Enrico Celio.
The requirement of Italian Switzerland is embodied since 1999 even in the condition,if from an appropriate agency of the regions the speech is there.