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Daniel Anrig
Born (1972-07-10)July 10, 1972
Place of birth Walenstadt, Switzerland
Allegiance  Vatican City
Service/branch Pontifical Swiss Guard
Swiss Army
Rank Colonel
Commands held Pontifical Swiss Guard
Other work Police Officer
Professor of Civil Law

Daniel Rudolf Anrig (born 10 July 1972) is the current Commandant of the Pontifical Swiss Guard since his appointment by Pope Benedict XVI on 19 August 2008.[1] He replaced Elmar Mäder who had served as Commandant of the Swiss Guard since 2002. He is the thirty fourth Commandant of the Pontifical Swiss Guard.


Anrig was born in Walenstadt (Canton of St. Gallen), Switzerland. He is married and has four children. He graduated in civil and ecclesiastical law from the University of Fribourg in 1999. He was Assistant Professor of Civil Law at the same university from 1999 until 2001.[citation needed]

He was head of criminal police in the canton of Glarus, from 2002 to 2006 when he became Commanding General of the Police Body of the canton of Glarus.[citation needed]

Anrig holds the rank of a captain in the Swiss Army. He has said that he is open to allowing women in the Guard, something which his predecessors had always rejected.[citation needed]


  1. Bunson, Matthew (2008-10-15). Our Sunday Visitor's Catholic Almanac. Our Sunday Visitor Publishing. pp. 261–. ISBN 9781592764419. Retrieved 12 June 2012. 
Military offices
Preceded by
Elmar Mäder
Commander of the Pontifical Swiss Guard
2008– present

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