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Switzerland

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National Council

This is a bicameral parliament. Switch to theCouncil of States

About parliament

Basic information such as the official name of parliament and details of its structure and leadership. Also includes the current breakdown of MPs by sex and age, and provisions for quotas and reserved seats.

Parliament name
Bundesversammlung - Assemblée fédérale - Assemblea federale (Federal Assembly)
Chamber name
Nationalrat - Conseil national - Consiglio nazionale (National Council)
Structure & Status of parliament This field is to indicate lower/upper in the back end.
Lower chamber
Parliamentary term (years)
4

IPU membership

Affiliation periods
from 1891
IPU Geopolitical Group/s IPU Geopolitical Groups: African Group, Arab Group, Asia-Pacific Group, Eurasia Group, Group of Latin America and the Caribbean (GRULAC), Twelve Plus Group.
Twelve Plus Group

Speaker

Official title The Speaker may for example be known as the Presiding Officer, President, Chairman/Chairperson, etc.
President of the National Council
Speaker
Marina Carobbio Guscetti (Female)
Year of birth
1966
Term
26.11.2018
See historical data for this field.

Secretary General

Official title This post is most commonly called Secretary General or Clerk. It may also be called Secretary, Head/Chief of the Secretariat, Director General, etc.
Secretary General
Secretary General
Philippe Schwab (Male)
Notes Additional information about the Secretary General, in particular regarding their term.
Appointed on 1 July 2013.

Members

Statutory number of members Statutory number of members, as defined in the constitution or other fundamental law.
Principal mode of designation of members
Directly elected members Directly elected by citizens.
200
Current number of members Number of members who currently hold seats in parliament. May be lower or higher than the statutory number of members.
Women
Not available
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Statutory number of members per country As defined in the constitution or other fundamental laws. Combines the number of parliamentarians in both chambers in bicameral parliaments.
Population (in thousands) Source: United Nations, World Population Prospects.
8,320
See historical data for this field.
Inhabitants per parliamentarian Calculated by dividing the population by the statutory number of parliamentarians.
33,821 See historical data for this field.

Age

Data on the age of parliamentarians is collected at start of the legislature, following the most recent elections. This data is not updated during the legislature.

 

Average age of all members
Not available
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Youngest member (years) Age at the time of the last election or renewal.
Youngest member
Mathias Reynard (Male)
Oldest member (years) Age at the time of the last election or renewal.
82
Oldest member
Jacques Neirynck (Male)
Number of members, by age
Breakdown of members by age and gender
18 - 20 21 - 30 31 - 40 41 - 45 46 - 50 51 - 60 61 - 70 71 - 80 81 - 90 91 and over Totals per gender
Totals per age interval 0 3 27 18 30 74 46 1 1 0
Total <= 45: 48 Total >= 46: 152
Male 0 1 15 12 21 52 35 1 1 0 138
Female 0 2 12 6 9 22 11 0 0 0 62
Percentage of members, by age
Age as last election or renewalOverallMaleFemale
Percentage of MPs 30 years of age or younger1.5%0.5%1%
Percentage of MPs 40 years of age or younger15%8%7%
Percentage of MPs 45 years of age or younger24%14%10%
Members for whom data is available
200

Reserved seats and quotas

There are reserved seats in parliament for certain groups Reserved seats are a means to ensure the parliamentary representation of certain groups in society.
Electoral quota for women Quotas to promote the representation of women in parliament.
Notes
Voluntary political party quotas.
Electoral quota for youth Quotas to promote the representation of youth in parliament.