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Questions tagged [switzerland]

Questions related to the government or politics regarding the Swiss Confederation.

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Why was Switzerland one of the last countries to give women the vote?

Women in Switzerland were only given the right to vote on a federal level in 1971, a time when every single European country had given women the franchise decades prior, and a time when pretty much ...
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Would Switzerland's direct democracy survive EU membership? [closed]

The Swiss citizenry has this year ruled, among other things, on extension of federal government's taxation rights until 2035, giving monopoly on money creation to the Swiss National Bank, on the ...
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Why has nationalism risen in Switzerland?

According to this article nationalist and far-right parties have made significant electoral gains during the last elections. I will focus on Switzerland that is highlighted with almost 30% on the map, ...
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How do you explain the change in population ratio of Germany vs. Switzerland since 1945?

When you read newspapers nowadays, you'd get the opinion that the economy in Germany is doing "great". However, when I plot the population development in Germany vs. Switzerland, I get a very ...
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Countries with nondemanding military?

I live in Switzerland and recently had to join military. To my surprise, it turned out I can go back home during weekends. Only exception is when you're assigned to guard duty, when you need to stay ...
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Swiss military neutrality and the three roles for the military

Basic question - there are (were) three purposes for the military at the time of the Peace of Westphalia (tell me if I'm wrong).. Internal defense (crime, rebellion), conquest, defense. Swiss ...
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Why did Switzerland's referendum about basic income proponents propose actual amounts?

According to Wikipedia, Switzerland had a referendum on 5th June 2016 that also included the "basic income" topic: By October 2013 more than 130,000 citizens had signed, meaning a referendum on ...
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How can Switzerland maintain a banking system which is almost unaccountable to the rest of the world?

The term "Money in the Swiss Banks" is used as a synonym to monetary corruption (black-money, money laundering, offshore wealth, and so on). Indian black money in Swiss banks $200bn of Pakistan in ...
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Swiss elections: Is a crossed-out vote then evenly distributed among the remaining candidates on a list?

According to this page: You may cross out the name of one or several candidates. The candidates whose names are crossed out do not receive a vote, however the new blank spaces still count as ...
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Why does the Green party support immigration?

Immigration means people which are going to regularly travel long distance in order to visit their relatives in their home countries. The recent explosion of migrations toward the 1st world countries ...
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What happens to (the value of) foreign-president owned property seized due to corruption allegations?

According to BBC News, the vice-president of Equatorian Guinea is accused of stealing oil money: Prosecutors in Switzerland have seized luxury cars belonging to the vice-president of Equatorial ...
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What are the rules of what goes into referenda in Switzerland?

Wikipedia page for Politics of Switzerland mentions that any changes to Constitution are mandatory as referenda, other things are optional. But who, what and how decides what things actually end up ...
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How to explain that in Switzerland places with more work opportunities have higher unemployment quote?

This is really something I do not understand. I could unfortunately not find a picture of unemployment by district, but here is a picture of unemployment by Canton : The places with the most ...
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Is Switzerland a republic?

I always thought that Switzerland was neither a monarchy nor a republic. The members of the federal council are not here by inheritance, nor are they elected by the people. Instead, they are elected ...
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What are the expected economic ramifications of the Swiss basic income initiative? Has something like this ever been tried before?

The Swiss version of democracy is one of the world's most direct, meaning that the vote of the people is able to make laws rather than just elect representatives. Recently the Swiss people have ...
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What is the language of the Swiss national parliament?

In the European union parliament, armies of translators translate every word into all other languages. Switzerland is a country with 3–4 official languages: French, German, Italian, and Romansh. In ...
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How does the Swiss system for Einbürgerung (naturalisation) work?

Around ten years ago, I read in a Swiss newspaper article in NZZ am Sontag about a mayor who was not accepted as a citizen of his own village. I have found the article on the internet: «Dickschädel ...