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Switzerland

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Council of States

This is a bicameral parliament. Switch to theNational Council

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
Ständerat - Conseil des Etats - Consiglio degli Stati (Council of States)
Structure & Status of parliament This field is to indicate lower/upper in the back end.
Upper chamber

IPU membership

Affiliation periods
from 1891-01
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 Council of States
Speaker
Jean-René Fournier (Male)
Year of birth
1957
Term
26.11.2018
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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.
Assistant Secretary General and Secretary of the Council of States
Secretary general
Martina Buol (Female)
Notes Additional information about the Secretary General, in particular regarding their term.
Appointed on 1 Aug. 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.
46
Current number of members Number of members who currently hold seats in parliament. May be lower or higher than the statutory number of members.
46
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Women The number of female parliamentarians who currently hold seats in parliament.
7
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Percentage of women Calculated by dividing the current number of women by the current number of members.
15.22% See historical data for this field.
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
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Inhabitants per parliamentarian Calculated by dividing the population by the statutory number of parliamentarians.
33,821 See historical data for this field.

Age

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
Raphaël Comte (Male)
Oldest member (years) Age at the time of the last election or renewal.
68
Oldest member
Hans Hess (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 0 2 2 6 18 18 0 0 0
Total <= 45: 4 Total >= 46: 42
Male 0 0 1 2 5 13 16 0 0 0 37
Female 0 0 1 0 1 5 2 0 0 0 9
Percentage of members, by age
Age as last election or renewalOverallMaleFemale
Percentage of MPs 30 years of age or younger0%0%0%
Percentage of MPs 40 years of age or younger4.35%2.17%2.17%
Percentage of MPs 45 years of age or younger8.7%6.52%2.17%
Members for whom data is available
46

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.