Switzerland - Personal background

Pascal Couchepin was born 5 April 1942 in Martigny, in the canton of Valais. After earning a law degree from Lausanne University, he became active in politics at the cantonal level, and his involvement in local politics continued even after he entered the federal arena in 1979. In addition, he has served on the boards of companies in the engineering, energy, communications, and health care sectors and has been active in organizations that aid the handicapped. He is married with three children.

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