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Switzerland

Swiss Confederation

7,996,026 31

Population (as of July 1, 2013)

Elections in our database

47.83%

Registered Voters (as of )

Average Turnout

Name Official Name Type
Council of States Standerat/Conseil des Etats/ Consiglio degli Stati Upper House
President President Head of State
National Council Nationalrat/Conseil National/Consiglio Nazionale Lower House
President President Head of Government

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: President Didier BURKHALTER[1]
  • Head of Government: President DIDIER BURKHALTER
  • Assembly: Switzerland has a bicameral Federal Assembly (Bundesversammlung/Assemblée Fédérale/Assemblea Federale) consisting of the Council of States (Standerat/Conseil des Etats/ Consiglio degli Stati) with 46 seats and the National Council (Nationalrat/Conseil National/Consiglio Nazionale) with 200 seats.

Description of electoral system:

  • The President is appointed by parliament to serve a 1-year term.
  • In the Council of States (Standerat/Conseil des Etats/ Consiglio degli Stati), 6 members are elected by plurality vote in single-member constituencies to serve 4-year terms and 40 members are elected by plurality vote in multi-member constituencies to serve 4-year terms.[2] In the National Council (Nationalrat/Conseil National/Consiglio Nazionale), 195 members are elected by open list proportional representation in multi-member constituencies to serve 4-year terms and 5 members are elected by a plurality system to serve 4-year terms.[3]

[1] The Federal Presidency rotates among the 7 members of the Federal Council, which is the formal chief of state. Presently the Federal Council consists of Doris LEUTHARD, Eveline WIDMER-SCHLUMPF, Ueli MAURER, Didier BURKHALTER, Simonetta SOMMARUGA, Johan SCHNEIDER—AMMANN, and Alain BERSET.

[2] Single-member districts correspond to the former half-cantons whereas two-seat districts correspond to former full cantons. The electoral system is a two round system, with exception of Jura and Neuchâtel, where it is proportional representation.

[3] Seats are apportioned to each canton in proportion to its population. Voters have the option of panachage. The electoral system is proportional representation.

 

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Elections

Election For Date Votes Registered Voters Turn Out
National Council 1999-10-24 - 4,620,850 -
Council of States 1999-10-24 - 4,620,850 -
Referendum 2000-09-24 - 4,626,215 -
Referendum 2002-03-03 2,726,787 4,700,000 58.02%
Referendum 2002-06-02 1,978,123 4,731,017 41.81%
Referendum 2002-09-22 2,143,027 4,743,888 45.17%
Referendum 2003-05-18 - 4,700,000 -
National Council 2003-10-19 2,161,921 4,757,478 45.44%
Referendum 2004-05-16 2,439,677 4,789,871 50.93%
Referendum 2004-09-26 - 4,789,073 -
Referendum 2004-11-28 - 4,789,073 -
Referendum 2005-06-05 - 4,798,073 -
Referendum 2005-09-25 - 4,798,073 -
National Council 2007-10-21 2,396,767 4,891,363 49.0%
Referendum 2009-02-08 2,572,040 4,891,363 52.58%
Referendum 2009-05-17 1,915,746 4,891,363 39.17%
Referendum 2009-09-27 2,063,128 5,030,915 41.01%
Referendum 2009-11-29 2,669,162 5,030,915 53.06%
Referendum 2010-03-07 2,276,233 5,030,915 45.24%
Referendum 2011-02-13 2,478,967 5,030,915 49.27%
National Council 2011-10-23 2,485,403 5,124,034 48.5%
Referendum 2012-03-11 2,334,005 5,139,055 45.42%
Referendum 2012-09-23 2,178,834 5,120,379 42.55%
Referendum 2013-03-03 2,377,993 5,139,055 46.27%
Referendum 2013-06-09 2,030,193 5,166,973 39.29%
Referendum 2013-09-22 2,407,169 5,166,973 46.59%
Referendum 2013-11-24 2,752,265 5,166,973 53.27%
Referendum 2014-02-09 2,908,382 5,166,973 56.29%
Referendum 2014-05-18 2,896,075 5,212,154 55.56%
Referendum 2014-09-28 - - -
Referendum 2014-11-30 - - -

Voter Turnout