Federal Act
on the National Languages and
Understanding between the Linguistic Communities
(Languages Act, LangA)

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of 5 October 2007 (Status as 1 February 2021)

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Art. 20 Plurilingualism in public service

1 The Con­fed­er­a­tion shall en­cour­age its em­ploy­ees to fur­ther their know­ledge of the na­tion­al lan­guages.

2 The Con­fed­er­a­tion shall en­sure that the lin­guist­ic com­munit­ies are fairly rep­res­en­ted in the fed­er­al au­thor­it­ies and ex­tra-par­lia­ment­ary com­mit­tees, and shall en­cour­age pluri­lin­gual­ism in the armed forces.

3 The Con­fed­er­a­tion and the can­tons shall make their ter­min­o­logy data­bases avail­able to each oth­er free of charge.

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