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"Fiction of the day off." Does Switzerland have a ministry of defense?

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Introducing the rubric "Weekend Pulp Fiction". It is planned to publish interesting in it (at least, “Military Review” thinks so) news and other facts about armies and other law enforcement agencies in various countries of the world, as well as about their departments.


Today, under the heading, there is a short report on the Ministry of Defense of Switzerland, a country that has declared itself militarily neutral de jure. In fact, in Switzerland there is no separate structure that would be called the Ministry of Defense. There is no minister of defense as such in Switzerland.

In this European state, there is a Ministry of Defense, Civil Defense and Sport in government structures. This is a single ministry with the widest range of powers in various fields, which became the heir of the Federal Military Department, which ceased to exist in 1997 year. The decision to merge was taken not only in connection with cost optimization, but also in connection with the demonstration of the Swiss neutrality mentioned above.

Since 2016, the ministry has been headed by Guy Parmelen, who is a professional agricultural worker. His specialty after receiving secondary vocational education is as follows: “master-farmer-wine-maker”. It was winemaking for a long time and was the main business of the life of Mr. Parmelen.

"Fiction of the day off." Does Switzerland have a ministry of defense?


So, Switzerland is the only country in the world where the head of the military department, the ministry of sports and the Ministry of Emergency Situations is one and the same person, who, moreover, did not have any relationship to sports or military affairs before the appointment. Yes, and to the work of what is usually called the Emergencies Ministry, Parmelen had a very indirect relationship - from 2012 to 2015, he was a member of the Board of Directors of the insurance company on fires and natural resources in one of the cantons of Switzerland.

In Switzerland, they believe that Parmelen was appointed to a very responsible post in connection with his tough position on immigration. It was the former winemaker who presented the program to minimize the quota for receiving refugees after 2014.
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  1. oleg-gr
    oleg-gr 6 November 2017 14: 13
    +7
    The Swiss Confederation is a small state. Many ministers do not feed. The appointment itself is curious. The winemaker commands sports, the Ministry of Emergencies and the defense department. This is a symbiosis.
    1. 210ox
      210ox 6 November 2017 14: 17
      10
      But the most militarized. By the way, they even made tanks themselves not so long ago. And even earlier it delivered mercenaries unintentionally. Here is neutrality to you.
      Quote: oleg-gr
      The Swiss Confederation is a small state. Many ministers do not feed. The appointment itself is curious. The agronomist commands sports, the Ministry of Emergencies and the defense department. This is a symbiosis.
      1. Anarchist
        Anarchist 6 November 2017 14: 22
        13
        But many, in all seriousness, consider them the heirs of the Templars! It was the Templars who combined military and banking activities during the Crusades ...
        1. hrych
          hrych 6 November 2017 15: 23
          +8
          They have wonderful armed forces, you won’t believe it, but they have more than 50 Northrops, 30 Khornets, more than 130 Leopards, etc. Given the mountain tunnels, airfields and dugouts, it’s not easy to take them.
          1. Going
            Going 6 November 2017 18: 13
            10
            Quote: oleg-gr
            The Swiss Confederation is a small state. Many ministers do not feed. The appointment itself is curious. The winemaker commands sports, the Ministry of Emergencies and the defense department. This is a symbiosis.


            Not that it is a small 7,5 million population and the army is not the weakest.
      2. NIKNN
        NIKNN 6 November 2017 15: 02
        +3
        They did it, I don’t argue, they just stopped. In the 90s, the parody of the medium tank z 68 was modernized. Release 60s-70s. Now they release only the Piran armored personnel carrier and derivatives based on it.
        However:
        Switzerland's military industry is aboutone of the components of the national economy, in which the significant research and production potential accumulated in the field of advanced technologies is concentrated. The country's defense industry enterprises provide the production of more than 400 items of weapons and military equipment (IWT), intended both for national armed forces and for export, which is carried out in almost 60 countries of the world. Nevertheless, despite the presence of its own developed military industry, about a third of the total expenditures on the purchase of arms and military equipment for national armed forces, especially such types as tanks, self-propelled howitzers, combat aircraft and helicopters, are imported. In recent years, the development of the Swiss military-industrial complex has been under a general reduction in defense spending and a reduction in government defense orders. In this regard, his a characteristic feature is the export orientation.
        Everything to improve the welfare of the people ... request
      3. svp67
        svp67 6 November 2017 15: 24
        +1
        Quote: 210ox
        But the most militarized. By the way, they even made tanks themselves not so long ago. And even earlier it delivered mercenaries unintentionally. Here is neutrality to you.

        So they help both with this and that ... to be honest.
    2. Scoun
      Scoun 6 November 2017 14: 24
      +2
      Quote: oleg-gr
      The winemaker commands sports, the Ministry of Emergencies and the defense department. This is a symbiosis.

      I think they have no universities besides those close to winemaking, so he is the Minister of Defense by the call and spirit of his ancestors.
      1. Going
        Going 6 November 2017 18: 14
        +9
        Many good universities and the main business is finance.
    3. creak
      creak 6 November 2017 14: 28
      +9
      Well, they have three languages ​​in common use (apart from the almost unused Romansh), and the reservists keep their weapons at home ... The country is one of the most calm and law-abiding - and a brand made in Switzerland has always been considered the standard of quality ... good
      1. den3080
        den3080 6 November 2017 14: 54
        +4
        just like that, I served urgent, there is a personal weapon, with this weapon you go to a demobilization and keep it at home.
        in Switzerland, almost all men have military small arms at home.
    4. poquello
      poquello 6 November 2017 14: 29
      +3
      Quote: oleg-gr
      The Swiss Confederation is a small state. Many ministers do not feed. The appointment itself is curious. The winemaker commands sports, the Ministry of Emergencies and the defense department. This is a symbiosis.

      wants to climb on a lamppost as a drink, put out a lantern and shoot birds
    5. Tusv
      Tusv 6 November 2017 14: 36
      10
      Quote: oleg-gr
      The winemaker commands sports, the Ministry of Emergencies and the defense department. This is a symbiosis.

      It happens ... Kuzhegetovich, also treated the army like slippers to the Louboutins. However, to say that he was a fig minister of the Ministry of Emergencies or now the Minister of Defense will not turn his tongue
      1. Mih1974
        Mih1974 7 November 2017 00: 10
        +2
        The campaign will come to the merger of the Ministry of Emergencies and the Defense Ministry, or even after Kozhugetovich’s departure, there some kind of unhealthy mess began to form.
        Moreover, I do not see the slightest obstacle to such a unification. After all, "civilian specialties" are already beginning to appear in the Army, which means that the Ministry of Emergencies can be well entered into the Ministry of Defense. Again, the cross-use of "rescuers" on fires in the Moscow Region or the provision of emergency situations by aerodromes or tracking / reconnaissance systems at technical catastrophes (similar to Fokusima) is more than justified. good . Also - a great option for an "alternative" (peaceful) service. good
    6. vadim dok
      vadim dok 6 November 2017 15: 00
      +4
      A small but VERY rich state! And in terms of per capita GDP, it is almost ahead of the rest of the planet! Don’t worry, it’s enough for them!
      1. sabakina
        sabakina 6 November 2017 15: 19
        +8
        Do we mind? Let them live, make watches, cheeses ...
        1. Xnumx vis
          Xnumx vis 6 November 2017 18: 18
          +1
          This is all a hobby - Clock, cheese, wine. The main thing - Money is stored in Alpine caves, trembling from lust for money and counting day and night! Day and night ... Where is the gold of Kom. The party disappeared in the womb of these Swiss caves!
          1. den3080
            den3080 6 November 2017 20: 32
            +2
            there a lot of things have “disappeared” and the Nazi gold bars and the money of all the dictators of African, Asian, Arab, and this has been going on for centuries. From that and wealth - under the legend of eternal safety and bank secrecy. But the money is actually put into circulation, and they are telling the Americans everything.
            Well, Lenin, Gaddafi, Saddam, Mobutu, Marquez, Hitler for gold will not come ... in the end, and America will fall apart someday))
    7. svp67
      svp67 6 November 2017 15: 26
      +3
      Quote: oleg-gr
      The Swiss Confederation is a small state. Many ministers do not feed.

      Yes, how can I say ... There the situation is somewhat different. You correctly called it the CONFEDERATION, and each part of it means its GOVERNMENT, and as a result there will be plenty of officials there.
      1. Grandfather
        Grandfather 6 November 2017 15: 34
        +1
        "Fiction of the day off." Does Switzerland have a ministry of defense?
        there is! recently showed, on the "Veliky" drive ...
  2. newcomer
    newcomer 6 November 2017 14: 18
    +9
    Yes, that's all. This is a game style. look in neighboring countries, so this is not the worst option. winemaker, sounds much nicer than the profession of his German counterpart.
  3. assa67
    assa67 6 November 2017 14: 26
    +3
    gay parmellin, master farmer-winemaker ..... cool .... com
    the divisor of the division of heavy machine guns and self-propelled pistols ..... ah! puzzled, but do they really grow grapes? somehow you didn’t have the chance to try Swiss wine recourse
  4. bald
    bald 6 November 2017 14: 32
    +1
    Just well done !!! - We need to do what we like - “master farmer-winemaker” !!! To hell with confrontation - I’d go to him as a deputy!
  5. Thunderbolt
    Thunderbolt 6 November 2017 14: 39
    +4
    It’s a normal situation. He was chosen by the Federal Assembly, which means that he is a good administrator and business executive for that, and the Army Headquarters decides purely military issues there.
  6. SCHMEL
    SCHMEL 6 November 2017 14: 47
    +1
    Switzerland is a country of banks, watches, cheese and a minus loan interest rate, and there are real estate property of Russian oligarchs and officials what
    1. hrych
      hrych 6 November 2017 15: 17
      +1
      And there is the Prince of this world sitting in the oldest town on Earth, Cienne am
  7. Barshchik-M
    Barshchik-M 6 November 2017 14: 49
    +7
    Does Switzerland have a ministry of defense?

    I don’t know, but if you open their banks .... There are ten budgets of Russia, our thieves!
    If the world changes, then Switzerland must be surrounded and captured by their bankers! And interrogate with ... (well, how come)
    Then we will be able to master Siberia with this money (autobahns, railway infrastructure with gas and sewage ..))))
    1. vadim dok
      vadim dok 6 November 2017 15: 03
      +2
      DO NOT!
      1. hrych
        hrych 6 November 2017 15: 15
        +1
        Quote: vadim dok
        DO NOT!

        It becomes much simpler, approximately, like in Goldfinger about 007, a blow is struck, their gold is taken out of circulation, and ours takes their value, thanks to a huge rise in price. wassat By the way, it will be later laughing
      2. Gml
        Gml 6 November 2017 15: 33
        +3
        DO NOT!
        If Switzerland weren’t, the oligarchs would have invented it.
    2. creak
      creak 6 November 2017 15: 03
      +2
      Quote: Bathhouse attendant-M
      Then we can master Siberia with this money

      Another Stolypin ...
      We’ll master it - in the sense we’ll steal it, like Vostochny Cosmodrome, and instead of a sewage system there will be a toilet in the yard, and instead of roads, directions will be available only for infantry fighting vehicles or armored personnel carriers.
  8. Herculesic
    Herculesic 6 November 2017 15: 03
    0
    As they say, it’s good, but not enough, and indeed, they gave little information, although for such a thank you.
  9. APASUS
    APASUS 6 November 2017 15: 17
    0
    One gets the feeling that European politicians are degrading all over Europe, and de Gaulle-level politicians in Europe not so long ago, but what happened? Americans were all crushing through wiretapping, politicians were just catching up with the population (it seems that the tech giants in Europe are too stupid, don’t pull) or a smart hand puts forward its near-minded ones to the ruling places. (Then what are the goals - universal submission?)
  10. midshipman
    midshipman 6 November 2017 15: 25
    +4
    In Switzerland there is an interesting life, beautiful nature and friendly people. Three times on my questions I had to be there on business trips. Once flew with the Deputy Minister of one ministry. On Sunday we went to the park and sat on the lawn on the green grass to admire the greenery. I look my friend took out a penknife and began to pick a hole. I asked: "Why are you spoiling the lawn?" And he answered me: "I came a second time and you know how disgusting they are from their cleanliness and order. Therefore, I brought the seeds of burdock and decided to plant them quietly. Suddenly they will come up? There will be a miracle." I supported him and said that this is how Americans scattered the seeds of hogweed along the roads. From which the inhabitants of Russia can not get rid of. I have the honor.
    1. Gml
      Gml 6 November 2017 15: 35
      15
      disgusted by their purity and order. So I brought the seeds of burdock and decided to quietly plant them. Suddenly rise
      And that’s all you need to know about tourists from Russia.
    2. vlad_vlad
      vlad_vlad 6 November 2017 16: 46
      +5
      midshipman Today, 15:25 New
      In Switzerland there is an interesting life, beautiful nature and friendly people. Three times on my questions I had to be there on business trips. Once flew with the Deputy Minister of one ministry. On Sunday we went to the park and sat on the lawn on the green grass to admire the greenery. I look my friend took out a penknife and began to pick a hole. I asked: "Why are you spoiling the lawn?" And he answered me: "I came a second time and you know how disgusting they are from their cleanliness and order. Therefore, I brought the seeds of burdock and decided to plant them quietly. Suddenly they will come up? There will be a miracle." I supported him and said that this is how Americans scattered the seeds of hogweed along the roads. From which the inhabitants of Russia can not get rid of. I have the honor.


      so we have:
      - a cap-country where "there is an interesting life, beautiful nature and friendly people"
      - midshipman, who is in SOVIET? time was there 3 times with the deputy minister
      - the deputy minister, who is a petty gopnik
      - Midshipman, who tied everything to us on the subject of Moscow Defense in Switzerland

      the result:
      - midshipman has the honor

      Thanks midshipman! Your comments brighten up life!
      1. creak
        creak 7 November 2017 10: 06
        +2
        Quote: vlad_vlad
        so the Americans scattered the seeds of hogweed along the roads. From which the inhabitants of Russia can not get rid of. I have the honor.

        And with such an intellectual level led ministries?
        They also say that Americans not only scattered cow parsnip along the roads, but still continue to throw garbage on the sidelines of these roads and spoil the entrances ... They create a good mood for us not to be disgusted “from cleanliness and order” ...
      2. Galleon
        Galleon 7 November 2017 12: 18
        +3
        The naval itself was of a naval better opinion. Still, we were brought up and we live by the principle of not "saw der.mo - write it down," but "saw der.mo - take it away." And what does the fleet have to do with it? This is the course of action for all officers.
  11. Holoy
    Holoy 6 November 2017 15: 36
    +1
    But the Army in Switzerland is probably the most powerful now, if we exclude nuclear weapons ...
  12. John Doe
    John Doe 6 November 2017 16: 02
    +1
    This is not a country where the majority of the population is in the army reserve and has undergone military training?
  13. mavrus
    mavrus 6 November 2017 16: 39
    +1
    Quote: oleg-gr
    The Swiss Confederation is a small state. Many ministers do not feed. The appointment itself is curious. The winemaker commands sports, the Ministry of Emergencies and the defense department. This is a symbiosis.

    In my opinion, it's funnier when in a big country ... a gynecologist is put at the head of the Ministry of Defense :)))
  14. Machete
    Machete 6 November 2017 16: 51
    +1
    Not so exotic, if you look at the Minister of Defense of Germany.
    I even feel sorry for the Germans with their great military history.
  15. Razvedka_Boem
    Razvedka_Boem 6 November 2017 17: 00
    0
    In vain, by the way, “VO” refers so ironically to this country ..
    1. Normal ok
      Normal ok 6 November 2017 18: 09
      +5
      Quote: Razvedka_Boem
      In vain, by the way, “VO” refers so ironically to this country ..

      At VO there is only 3 options for relations with other countries:
      1) worship before Sev. Korea, China, Iran, Bolivia and Syria.
      2) Hatred of the USA and Britain.
      3) humiliation to everyone else.
      wassat wassat wassat
  16. alexhol
    alexhol 6 November 2017 17: 36
    0
    It is the most powerful state in the world. This country has defeated POVERTY!
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  18. First iron-faced
    First iron-faced 7 November 2017 08: 17
    +1
    Switzerland is militarized?! ...
    No, the militarization of Israel and both Koreas probably has no state-in.