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 SWITZERLAND

Collective head of state: Federal Council · Governing parties: SVP, SP, FDP, CVP
Legislative elections: National Council, 4-year term, 200 seats, party-list PR:

Party 2019 2015
Schweizerische Volkspartei (SVP)
Swiss People's Party
National conservatism
Right-wing populism
Economic liberalism
25,6% 53 29,4% 65
Sozialdemokratische Partei der Schweiz (SP)
Social Democratic Party of Switzerland
Social democracy
  
16,8% 39 18,8% 43
FDP. Die Liberalen (FDP)
FDP. The Liberals
Liberalism
  
15,1% 29 16,4% 33
Grüne Partei der Schweiz (GPS)
Green Party of Switzerland
Green politics
  
13,2% 28 7,1% 11
Christlichdemokratische Volkspartei (CVP)
Christian Democratic People's Party
Christian democracy
  
11,4% 25 11,6% 27
Grünliberale Partei Schweiz (GLP)
Green Liberal Party Switzerland
Liberalism
Environmentalism 
7,8% 16 4,6% 7
Bürgerlich-Demokratische Partei Schweiz (BDP)
Conservative Democratic Party of Switzerland
Conservatism
  
2,4% 3 4,1% 7
Evangelische Volkspartei (EVP)
Evangelical People's Party
Christian democracy
Social conservatism
Evangelicalism
2,1% 3 1,9% 2
Partei der Arbeit der Schweiz (PdA)
Labour Party of Switzerland
Socialism
Communism 
1,0% 1 0,6% 1
Solidarités (SOL)
Solidarity
Socialism
Trotskyism 
1 0,5% -
Eidgenössische Demokratische Union (EDU)
Federal Democratic Union
Christian right
National conservatism 
1,0% 1 1,2% -
Lega dei Ticinesi (LEGA)
League of Ticinesians
Regionalism
Right-wing populism 
0,8% 1 1,0% 2
Mouvement Citoyens Genevois (MCG)
Geneva Citizens' Movement
Regionalism
Right-wing populism 
0,2% - 0,3% 1
Christlich-Soziale Partei Obwalden (CSPOW)
Christian Social Party Obwalden
Regionalism
Christian democracy 
- - 0,4% 1
Others 2,6% -  2,1% -
Total - 200 - 200
Turnout 45,1% 48,4%

 © 2019 Wolfram Nordsieck. Source: Bundesamt für Statistik (https://www.wahlen.admin.ch).

Archive: Legislative elections, 1995-2015 ( For full coverage, 1947-present, click here):

1995 1999 2003 2007 2011 2015
SVP % 14,9 22,5 26,7 28,9 26,6 29,4
  S. 29 44 55 62 54 65
SP % 21,8 22,5 23,3 19,5 18,7 18,8
  S. 54 51 52 43 46 43
FDP % 20,2 19,9 17,3 15,8 15,1 16,4
  S. 45 43 36 31 30 33
CVP % 16,8 15,9 14,4 14,5 12,3 11,6
  S. 34 35 28 31 28 27
GPS % 5,0 5,0 7,4 9,6 8,4 7,1
  S. 8 9 13 20 15 11
GLP % - - - 1,4 5,4 4,6
  S. - - - 3 12 7
BDP % - - - - 5,4 4,1
  S. - - - - 9 7
EVP % 1,8 1,8 2,3 2,4 2,0 1,9
  S. 2 3 3 2 2 2
EDU % 1,3 1,3 1,3 1,3 1,3 1,2
  S. 1 1 2 1 - -
LEGA % 0,9 0,9 0,4 0,6 0,8 1,0
  S. 1 2 1 1 2 2
PdA % 1,2 1,0 0,7 0,7 0,5 0,6
  S. 3 2 2 1 - 1
SOL % 0,3 0,5 0,5 0,4 0,3 0,5
  S. - 1 1 - - -
CSPOW % - - - - 0,4 0,4
  S. - - - - 1 1
MCG % - - - 0,1 0,4 0,3
  S. - - - - 1 1
CSP % 0,3 0,4 0,4 0,4 0,3 0,2
  S. 1 1 1 1 - -
SD % 3,1  1,8 1,0 0,5 0,2 0,1
  S. 3  1 1 - - -
LPS % 2,7 2,3 2,2 1,9 - -
  S. 7 6 4 4 - -
FPS % 4,0  0,9 0,2 0,1 - -
  S. 7  - - - - -
Others % 5,7 3,0 2,9 2,0 1,9 1,8
  S. 5 1 1 - - -
Total S. 200 200 200 200 200 200
Turnout % 42,3 43,2 45,2 48,8 48,6 48,4

Abbreviations: SVP: Swiss People's Party; SP: Social Democratic Party of Switzerland; FDP: FDP.The Liberals (1995-2007: Freethinking Democratic Party, FDP); CVP: Christian Democratic People's Party; GPS: Green Party of Switzerland; GLP: Green Liberal Party Switzerland; BDP: Conservative Democratic Party of Switzerland; EVP: Evangelical People's Party; EDU: Federal Democratic Union; PdA: Labour Party of Switzerland; LEGA: League of Ticinesians; SOL: Solidarity; CSPOW: Christian Social Party Obwalden; MCG: Geneva Citizens' Movement; CSP: Centre Left-Christian Social Party (1995-2011: Christian Social Party, CSP); SD: Swiss Democrats; LPS: Liberal Party of Switzerland; FPS: Freedom Party of Switzerland. © 2019 Wolfram Nordsieck.