Switzerland

Election results

Data on parliamentary elections, including the background, candidates, voter turnout, results and the formation of the new legislature. By default the latest election results are displayed. Select a date to view results from previous elections

Background

Election date(s) The date when elections started and ended for directly or indirectly elected parliaments/chambers. The date of appointments for appointed parliaments/chambers.
20.10.2019
Timing of election Timing of election: Upon normal expiry; Early elections; Delayed elections
Upon normal expiry
Expected date of next elections The expected date at which the next elections should take place, based on law or practice.
31.10.2023
Number of seats at stake Number of seats contested at the elections. Where the parliament/chamber is fully renewed, this number is usually identical to the statutory number of members. Where the parliament/chamber is partially renewed or appointed, the number of seats at stake is usually less than the total number of members.
200
Scope of elections Scope of elections: Full renewal; Partial renewal.
Full renewal

Candidates

Total number of candidates Total number of people who registered as candidates for election. Does not include people who stood as candidates to become "substitute members".
4,645
Number of male candidates Number of male candidates
2,772
Number of female candidates Number of female candidates
1,873
Percentage of women candidates The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women candidates by the total number of candidates.
40.32%
Notes
A total of 564 lists were submitted in 2019, of which 511 by 16 parties which have already been represented at the National Council. The remaining 53 lists were submitted by other parties and groups which have never been represented at the National Council.

Voter turnout

Registration Number of people registered to vote
5,459,218
Votes Number of people who actually voted
2,462,641
Voter turnout The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of people who actually voted by the number of people registered to vote
45.11%

Results

About the election Short description of the context and results of the election.
The Swiss People's Party (SVP/UDC, led by Mr. Albert Rösti) and the Socialist Party (SP/PS, led by Mr. Christian Levrat) remained the first and second largest parties, with a reduced number of seats, taking 54 and 39 seats respectively in the 200-member National Council. The Green Party (GPS/PES, led by Ms. Regula Rytz) nearly tripled its share, becoming the third largest party, winning 28 seats, the same as the Liberals (FDP/PLR, led by Ms. Petra Gössi). The Christian Democratic People's Party (CVP/PDC, led by Mr. Gerhard Pfister), which finished fourth in the National Council elections, remained the largest party, with 13 seats in the 46-member Council of States, winning one more seat than the FDP/PLR. A record number of women were elected to both chambers: 83 in the National Council (up from 64 in 2015) and 12 in the Council of States (up from 7). 

 

 On 10 December, the newly elected Federal Assembly elected the seven-member Federal Council (the government, see note), comprising five outgoing members. The Federal Assembly also elected Ms. Simonetta Sommaruga (SP/PS) of the Federal Council as the President for 2020, who will succeed Mr. Ueli Maurer.

 

 The 2019 elections followed climate strikes which had been taking place in the country. In September, some 100,000 people gathered in the capital Bern, pushing climate change into the centre of the election campaigning of the major political parties.

 

 Note:

 Since 1959 the Federal Council has comprised representatives of the four major parties: two seats each for the SVP/UDC, the SP/PS and the FDP/PLR, and one seat for the CVP/PDC. Following the 2019 elections, the GPS/PES said it would seek a seat at the Federal Council and nominated its leader, Ms. Rytz, but she failed to win enough support at the Federal Assembly.
Number of parties winning seats The number of parties which won parliamentary representation in the given election.
11
Percentage of seats won by largest party or coalition The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of seats won by the largest party by the number of seats at stake in the election.
27%
Alternation of power after elections The results of the elections caused a change in the government. "Not applicable" to countries using the presidential system when parliamentary and presidential elections are held separately, to countries in political transition or where there is no party system.
No
Number of parties in government The government may be formed by one or more political parties
4
Names of parties in government The government may be formed by one or more political parties
Swiss People's Party (SVP/UDC), Socialist Party (SP/PS), FDP.The Liberals (FDP/PLR) and the Christian-Democratic People's Party (CVP/PDC)
Parties or coalitions winning seats
Political groups winning seats breakdown
Political group Total
Swiss People's Party (SVP/UDC) 54
Socialist Party (SP/PS) 39
Green Party (GPS/PES) 28
FDP.The Liberals (FDP/PLR) 28
Christian-Democratic People's Party (CVP/PDC) 25
Liberal Green Party (GLP/PVL) 16
Conservative Democratic Party (BDP/PBD) 3
Evangelical People's Party (EVP/PEV) 3
Swiss Labour Party and Solidarity (PdA/PST - Sol.) 2
Ticino League (Lega) 1
Liberal Party (LP/PL) 1
Members elected, by sex
Number of men elected
117
Number of women elected
83
Percentage of women elected The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women elected in the election and the number of seats at stake at the election.
41.5%
Sources
Parlement (03.12.2019)
 Office fédéral de la statistique OFS (03.01.2020)
 https://www.ch.ch/en/elections2019/aggro-results/
 https://www.admin.ch/gov/en/start/federal-council/members-of-the-federal-council.html 
 https://www.bfs.admin.ch/bfs/fr/home/statistiques/politique/elections/conseil-national/listes-electorales-candidatures.html 
 BBC
 https://www.swissinfo.ch/
Women Directly Elected
83

New legislature

Total number of men after the election The total number of male parliamentarians in this parliament/chamber following the election or renewal, regardless of their modes of designation.
117
Total number of women after the election The total number of female parliamentarians in this parliament/chamber following the election or renewal, regardless of their modes of designation.
83
First-term parliamentarians The number of members who are assuming their parliamentary mandate for the first time following the election or renewal, regardless of their mode of designation.
65
Date of the first session The date when the newly elected parliament/chamber was convened for the first time. It may be different from the date when members were sworn in.
02.12.2019
First Speaker of the new legislature
First Speaker of the new legislature First name of the Speaker of the new legislature following the election or renewal.
Isabelle Moret (Female)
Political party
FDP.The Liberals (FDP/PLR)
Date of election
02.12.2019