Switzerland

Council of States

Political system
Parliamentary system
Structure of parliament
Bicameral
IPU membership
Yes

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
Upper chamber
Parliamentary term (years)
4

Notes: The length of term and election of the Council of States are governed by cantonal law.

IPU membership

Affiliation periods
from 1891
IPU Geopolitical Group/s
Twelve Plus Group

Speaker

Official title
President of the Council of States
Speaker
Eva Herzog (Female)
Date of birth: 25 Dec 1961
Term
04 Dec 2023
Additional information

Elected on 4 Dec. 2023.

Speaker terms

No information available

Secretary general

Official title
Deputy Secretary General and Secretary of the Council of States
Secretary General
Martina Buol (Female)
Term
01 Aug 2013
Notes

Appointed on 1 Aug. 2013.

Members

Statutory number of members
46
Principal mode of designation of members
Directly elected
Directly elected members
46
Current number of members
46
Men
30
Women
16
Percentage of women
34.8%
Statutory number of members per country 
246
Population (in thousands)
8,691
Inhabitants per parliamentarian
35,329

Age

Data on the age of parliamentarians is collected at the start of the legislature, following the most recent elections. This data is not updated during the legislature, except when parliament notifies the IPU of a change in the youngest or oldest member.

Average age of all members
55.0
(2023-12)
Youngest member
Johanna Gapany (Female)
Youngest member (years)
35
Oldest member
Hannes Germann (Male)
Oldest member (years)
67
Number of members, by age (2023-12)
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
Male 0 0 3 3 2 9 13 0 0 0 30
Female 0 0 2 3 2 4 5 0 0 0 16
Totals per age interval 0 0 5 6 4 13 18 0 0 0 46
Total <= 45: 11 Total >= 46: 35
Percentage of members, by age
Age at the last election or renewal Overall Male Female
Percentage of MPs 30 years of age or younger
0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Percentage of MPs 40 years of age or younger
10.9% 7% 4.3%
Percentage of MPs 45 years of age or younger
23.9% 13% 10.9%

Reserved seats and quotas

There are reserved seats in parliament for certain groups
No
Electoral quota for women
Yes

Notes: Voluntary political party quotas.

Sources: C.f. individual party statutes.

Youth quota
No

Links to additional information

Parliamentary website
List of members
Rules of procedure/Standing Orders
Constitution

Historical data for IPU membership

Historical data for IPU membership
Year IPU membership
2020-09
List of values for 2020-09
No
2019-04
List of values for 2019-04
No
2018-06
List of values for 2018-06
No