Switzerland: Parties at a glance

Parties in comparison

Post-materialistic way of life
Socialist
Capitalist
Traditional way of life

Explanation of the chart

The graph shows the economic orientation of the parties on the X-axis from left to right. The further left, the more actively the state should intervene via taxes, regulations and redistribution. The further to the right, the less the state should intervene.

On the Y-axis from top to bottom, the parties are categorized according to their life models. The further up a party, the more it prioritizes liberal lifestyles over traditional views and material goods. The further down, the more a party aligns itself with traditional lifestyles and sees the state as the moral authority for living together.

Data was collected through the 2019 Chapel Hill Expert Survey by more than 400 policy experts. Party positions may change over time. Therefore, the chart serves only as an overview and cannot make statements about specific political topics.

Ryan Bakker, Liesbet Hooghe, Seth Jolly, Gary Marks, Jonathan Polk, Jan Rovny, Marco Steenbergen, and Milada Anna Vachudova. 2020. “2019 Chapel Hill Expert Survey.” - University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

SVP/UDC

Swiss People's Party

SVP/UDC (Schweizerische Volkspartei / Union démocratique du centre) is a right-wing party and currently represented in parliament with 53 MPs. The party advocates strict immigration policy, wants a strong nation-state, and advocates consistent crime fighting.

Compared to the last election, SVP/UDC scores an increase of +0.5 and comes in at 26.1%.

Name Schweizerische Volkspartei / Union démocratique du centre
Translation Swiss People's Party
Political orientation Right-wing
Current poll value 26.1 (+0.5 since last election )
Seats in parliament 53 / 200
Core topics
  • Strict immigration policy
  • Strong nationalism
  • Against multiculturalism
  • Strict crime control
All information at a glance: SVP/UDC

SP/PS

Social Democratic Party

SP/PS (Sozialdemokratische Partei der Schweiz / Parti socialiste suisse) is a center-left party that is currently represented in the parliament with 39 MPs. The party advocates liberal lifestyles, favors financial redistributions from rich to poor, and wants more government intervention in the economy.

In the current election trend, SP/PS comes in at 16.3%, losing -0.5 compared to the last election.

Name Sozialdemokratische Partei der Schweiz / Parti socialiste suisse
Translation Social Democratic Party
Political orientation Centre-left
Current poll value 16.3 (-0.5 since last election )
Seats in parliament 39 / 200
Core topics
  • Advocates liberal lifestyles
  • Redistribution from rich to poor
  • More government intervention in markets/economy
  • More investment in public services
All information at a glance: SP/PS

FDP/PLR

FDP. The liberals

FDP/PLR (FDP. Die Liberalen / PLR. Les Libéraux-Radicaux) is a liberal party that is currently represented in parliament with 29 seats. The party wants less government intervention in the economy, is against too much regulation of markets, and wants tax cuts.

In current polls, FDP/PLR comes in at 16.1%. Compared to the election, that's an increase of +1.0.

Name FDP. Die Liberalen / PLR. Les Libéraux-Radicaux
Translation FDP. The liberals
Political orientation Liberal politics
Current poll value 16.1 (+1.0 since last election )
Seats in parliament 29 / 200
Core topics
  • Less government intervention in markets/economy
  • Less regulation of markets
  • Tax cuts
  • Against redistribution from rich to poor
All information at a glance: FDP/PLR

GPS/PES

Green Party

GPS/PES (GRÜNE Schweiz / les VERT-E-S) is a green party and currently represented in parliament with 28 MPs. The party advocates liberal lifestyles, wants more government intervention in the economy, and puts environmental protection above economic interests.

Current polls show GPS/PES at 11.7. That's a loss of -1.5 compared to the last election.

Name GRÜNE Schweiz / les VERT-E-S
Translation Green Party
Political orientation Environment & Climate
Current poll value 11.7 (-1.5 since last election )
Seats in parliament 28 / 200
Core topics
  • Advocates liberal lifestyles
  • More government intervention in markets/economy
  • Environmental protection more important than economic growth
  • Redistribution from rich to poor
All information at a glance: GPS/PES

CVP/PDC

Christian Democratic People's Party

CVP/PDC (Christlichdemokratische Volkspartei der Schweiz / Parti démocrate-chrétien) is a center-right party that is currently represented in the parliament with 25 MPs. The party favors the promotalization of political decisions, advocates consistent crime fighting, and wants a strong nation-state.

Name Christlichdemokratische Volkspartei der Schweiz / Parti démocrate-chrétien
Translation Christian Democratic People's Party
Political orientation Centre-right
Seats in parliament 25 / 200
Core topics
  • More promotionism
  • Against multiculturalism
  • Strict crime control
  • Strong nationalism
All information at a glance: CVP/PDC

GLP/PVL

Green Liberal Party

GLP/PVL (Grünliberale Partei Schweiz / Parti vert’libéral Suisse) is a liberal party that is currently represented in the parliament with 16 MPs. The party advocates liberal lifestyles, has a dream of an open world without borders, and puts environmental protection above economic interests.

In current polls, GLP/PVL is getting 9.3% of the vote - an increase of +1.5 since the last election.

Name Grünliberale Partei Schweiz / Parti vert’libéral Suisse
Translation Green Liberal Party
Political orientation Liberal politics
Current poll value 9.3 (+1.5 since last election )
Seats in parliament 16 / 200
Core topics
  • Advocates liberal lifestyles
  • Open world without borders
  • Environmental protection more important than economic growth
  • More civil liberties
All information at a glance: GLP/PVL

BDP/PBD

Conservative Democratic Party

BDP/PBD (Bürgerlich-Demokratische Partei Schweiz / Parti bourgeois démocratique Suisse) is a center-right party that is currently represented in parliament with 3 seats. The party favors the promotalization of political decisions, advocates strict immigration policy, and advocates consistent crime fighting.

Name Bürgerlich-Demokratische Partei Schweiz / Parti bourgeois démocratique Suisse
Translation Conservative Democratic Party
Political orientation Centre-right
Seats in parliament 3 / 200
Core topics
  • More promotionism
  • Against multiculturalism
  • Strict immigration policy
  • Strict crime control
All information at a glance: BDP/PBD

EVP/PEV

Evangelical People's Party

EVP/PEV (Evangelische Volkspartei der Schweiz / Parti évangelique suisse) is a center-left party that is currently represented in parliament with 3 seats. The party favors traditional lifestyles, wants to invest more in public services, and wants more regulation of markets.

In the current election trend, EVP/PEV reaches 2.1% of the votes.

Name Evangelische Volkspartei der Schweiz / Parti évangelique suisse
Translation Evangelical People's Party
Political orientation Centre-left
Current poll value 2.1 (0 since last election )
Seats in parliament 3 / 200
Core topics
  • Prefers traditional lifestyles
  • More investment in public services
  • More regulation of markets
  • More government intervention in markets/economy
All information at a glance: EVP/PEV

PDA/PST

Swiss Party of Labour

PDA/PST (Partei der Arbeit der Schweiz / Parti suisse du Travail) is a left party that is currently represented in the parliament with 2 MPs.

Name Partei der Arbeit der Schweiz / Parti suisse du Travail
Translation Swiss Party of Labour
Political orientation Left-wing
Seats in parliament 2 / 200
All information at a glance: PDA/PST

EDU/UDF

Federal Democratic Union / Union Démocratique Fédérale

EDU/UDF (Eidgenössisch-Demokratische Union) is a right-wing party that is currently represented in the parliament with 1 MPs.

Name Eidgenössisch-Demokratische Union
Translation Federal Democratic Union / Union Démocratique Fédérale
Political orientation Right-wing
Seats in parliament 1 / 200
All information at a glance: EDU/UDF

LEGA

League of the Tessins

LEGA (Lega der Tessiner / Ligue des Tessinois) is a right-wing party and currently represented in parliament with 1 MPs.

Name Lega der Tessiner / Ligue des Tessinois
Translation League of the Tessins
Political orientation Right-wing
Seats in parliament 1 / 200
All information at a glance: LEGA

DM/LC

The Center

DM/LC (Die Mitte / Le Centre) is a center-right party from Switzerland.

In current polls, DM/LC comes in at 13.3%. Compared to the election, that's an increase of +13.3.

Name Die Mitte / Le Centre
Translation The Center
Political orientation Centre-right
Current poll value 13.3 (+13.3 since last election )
Seats in parliament 0 / 200
All information at a glance: DM/LC

Piratenpartei

Pirate Party Germany

Piratenpartei is a left party from Switzerland.

Name Piratenpartei
Translation Pirate Party Germany
Political orientation Left-wing
Seats in parliament 0 / 200
All information at a glance: Piratenpartei

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