20th Century - Politics

Ruth Lüthi

Ruth Lüthi (née: Affolter; born 1947) is a Swiss academic and a former politician. She was a member of the Social Democratic Party and headed the public health and social affairs department of the Canton of Fribourg between 1991 and 2006. She was a member of the Council of the Fribourg Canton.

Early life and education

She was born in Grenchen, Switzerland, on 14 September 1947.[1] She received her Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Bern in 1990.[1]


Following her graduation from university Lüthi worked as a teacher from 1967 to 1978.[2] She was an assistant at the Psychological Institute of the University of Fribourg and then a research associate at the National Fund between 1979 and 1982.[1] In the 1990–1991 academic year Lüthi joined the University of Bern where she worked as a lecturer.[1]

Lüthi was elected to the council of the Canton of Fribourg in 1982.[1] She headed the Social Democratic Party in Fribourg between 1988 and 1991.[3] She was named as the head of the public health and social affairs department in the Canton of Fribourg in 1991 and held post for 15 years until 2006.[3][2] She was the president of Council of State of Fribourg for three terms in 1996, 2000 and 2005.[1] She became a board member of the Swiss National Bank in 1999.[3] She retired from politics in 2006.[2] In April 2007 she was appointed president of the Federal AHV/IV Commission.[2] The same year she was also made president of the Freiburg International Film Festival.[2] She was the president of the Senate of the University of Freiburg until 2016.[3]


  1. Jump up to:a b c d e f g “Ruth Lüthi, Alt Staatsrätin” (in German). Der Freiburger Staatsrat: 1848-2011. 9 June 2020. Retrieved 13 July 2023.
  2. Jump up to:a b c d e f Elsbeth Flüeler (2017). “Porträt. Sonne für alle” (in German). University of Freiburg.
  3. Jump up to:a b c d “Ruth Lüthi – an outsider and wild card”Swissinfo. 25 November 2002. Retrieved 13 July 2023.

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