Record Modified: Aug 16 2023

Oct. 23, 2011 Held


Swiss Confederation

Election for Nationalrat/Conseil National/Consiglio Nazionale (Swiss National Council)


Cast Votes:2,485,403
Valid Votes:2,442,648
Invalid Votes:42,755


Party Seats Won Seats Change Votes

FDP.The Liberals (FDP.Die Liberalen, PLR.Les Libéraux-Radicaux, PLR.I Liberali, PLD.Ils Liberals) 30 None


Christian Democratic People's Party 28 None


Social Democrats 46 None


Swiss People's Party 54 None


Swiss Evangelical Popular Party 2 None


Green Liberal Party of Switzerland (GLP) (Grünliberale Partei der Schweiz / Parti vert'libéral) 12 None


Conservative Democratic Party of Switzerland (BDP) (Bürgerlich-Demokratische Partei Schweiz / Parti bourgeois démocratique suisse / Partito Borghese Democratico Svizzero) 9 None


Green Party 15 None


Ticino League (LEGA) (Lega dei Ticinesi / Ligue des Tessinois) 2 None


Geneva Citizens' Movement (MCG) (Mouvement Citoyens Genevois) 1 None


Independents (Independents) 1 None


More Info:

At stake in this election:

  • 200 seats in the National Council (Nationalrat/Conseil National/Consiglio Nazionale)

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: President Micheline CALMY-REY *
  • Head of Government: President Micheline CALMY-REY
  • 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.

* The Federal Presidency rotates among members of the Federal Council, which is the formal chief of state.

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 20 members are elected by plurality vote in multi-member constituencies to serve 4-year terms*. 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.**

* Single-member districts correspond to half-cantons. The electoral system is first-past-the-post. Two-seat districts correspond to full cantons. The electoral system is MNTV.

** Seats are apportioned to each canton or half-canton in proportion to its population. Voters have the option of panachage. In single-member districts, this is effectively a first-past-the-post system.

Main parties in the electoral race:

Population and number of registered voters:

  • Population: 7,912,398 (2011)
  • Registered Voters: 5,120,379 (2011)

Gender Data:

·         Female Population: 4,011,746 (2011)

·         Is Switzerland a signatory to CEDAW: Yes (23 January 1987)

·         Has Switzerland ratified CEDAW: Yes (27 March 1997)

·         Gender Quota: No

·         Female candidates in this election: Yes

·         Number of Female Parliamentarians: 57 (National Council); 9 (Council of States) following the 2011 elections

·         Human Development Index Position: 3 (2014)

·         Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) Categorization: N/A

Disability Data:

·         Is Switzerland a signatory to CRPD: No

·         Has Switzerland ratified CRPD: Yes, accession (15 April 2014)

·         Population with a disability: 1,186,859 (est.)