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Are there fewer street protests in Switzerland than in other democratic countries?

Street protests are a wasteful activity: people walk on the streets for hours, wasting their own time, as well as the time of cops and drivers. They do this in order to have the government change its ...
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Why is home ownership so low in Switzerland?

According to Wiki and OECD data, only 42% of Swiss people own their home. This indicator is the lowest in Europe and the third lowest in the World. But why is this the case? Switzerland is one of the ...
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Why is the Swiss Political Model not Replicated / Proposed Elsewhere?

Switzerland is generally recognized as a quite functional and prosperous society. It also features a political model with quite unique features: All significant parties participate in the executive ...
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What is special in the relations between Bhutan and Switzerland?

The requirements to get a Bhutan visa include (...) nationals of Switzerland and Thailand who hold diplomatic or government-official passports, are also eligible for a visa on arrival at their port ...
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Comparative study of party discipline in democratic countries

I am looking for a study comparing the strength of party discipline in all democratic countries. Ideally, I would like to see a list of all democratic countries, sorted by the strength of party ...
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Why didn't Silicon Valley Bank ask for a loan from the Fed as the lender of last resort?

Why didn't Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) ask for a loan from the Federal Reserve as the lender of last resort? Why did they, in order to give customers cash for withdrawals from deposit accounts, sell ...
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(When) did Switzerland tighten its neutrality law provisions regarding armaments and ammo post WW2?

According to RFERL and Swissinfo Ukraine is facing a shortage of 35mm gun ammo for the Gepards donated by Germany because said ammo is apparently manufactured in Switzerland. It looks like the Swiss ...
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How does legislative oversight work in Switzerland when there is technically no "opposition" in parliament?

The Swiss parliament (formally called "Federal Assembly") is a bicameral legislature with a multi-party system. Like other European countries, the parliament elects the ministers who sit in ...
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What is the Austrian/Swiss rationale for maintaining weapons supply neutrality amidst Russian invasion?

Austria and Switzerland are neutral which mean (as far as I understand) that they don't supply any military or double-target anything to the fighting countries, don't treat the wounded soldiers, etc. ...
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Why did Switzerland de facto abandon their neutrality?

Switzerland has imposed sanctions on Russia due to the conflict in Ukraine "Swiss set to match EU sanctions if China invades Taiwan — agency chief" These cases look like Switzerland de ...
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How to prevent a "referendum spam"?

In Switzerland, whenever a bill is accepted by the parliament, if 50,000 citizens sign a petition against it in a 18 months period, there is a referendum and the bill can be canceled. Suppose another ...
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What countries have several heads of state with equal power?

I have learned from this video that Switzerland does not have a single head-of-state - it is managed cooperatively by seven ministers with equal powers (the "president" serves only ...
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Have there been any consequences so far for Switzerland rejecting the framework treaty with the EU?

In a New Statesman article on the Swiss government's abandonment of a [further] EU framework treaty with the EU, some possible negative consequences are mentioned: even if the collapse of this ...
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Why is Switzerland holding such a large foreign exchange reserve?

According to Wikipedia's List of countries by foreign-exchange reserves: Why is Switzerland holding such a large foreign exchange reserve? Asian countries decided to maintain a large foreign exchange ...
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Has the Swiss Federal Council recommended differently than the Parliament in any popular votes?

In Switzerland (at least in recent times), the Federal Council issues explanatory booklets for matters subject to popular votes (e.g. constitutional amendments and initiatives, referendums against ...
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How is Switzerland able to maintain low tax levels?

Looking at the countries with the lowest tax rate we can see many countries that derive their riches from oil supplies and thus can afford to have a low income tax rate and a low VAT rate. But there ...
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Why did the US have a law that prohibited misusing the Swiss coat of arms?

From Reuters news on recently passed legislation (alongside the spending package): those who misused certain emblems - the U.S. Forest Service’s “Smokey Bear” and “Woodsy Owl” characters, the ...
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Can recently released US student vacation in Switzerland? [closed]

Iran recently released an American student that was being imprisoned in Tehran. He was flown to Switzerland to meet with a US State Dept official. My question: since he's already in Switzerland, ...
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Are there any polls on the new Swiss immigration referendum question?

Apparently after the "betrayal" of the first Swiss immigration-limiting referendum (of Feb 2014) by their parliament, which passed a substantially watered down law (in 2016), there's now ...
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Does the new EU-Swiss draft deal contain explicit provisions on immigration quotas?

An article in Thelocal.ch says that negotiations on the new draft EU-Swiss deal were spurred by the 2014-2017 Swiss imposition of immigration quotas. (The dates refer to the decision(s), not to the ...
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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 [closed]

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 assets seized from foreign presidents due to corruption allegations?

According to BBC News, the vice-president of Equatorial 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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How does the USA. have jurisdiction over FIFA?

It is not a surprise that the FBI (or CIA) investigates or closely monitors an organization. However, I don't understand when they arrest several of FIFA's members, some of whom are not American, in ...
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Why do many international organizations have their headquarters in Geneva?

Geneva was the headquarters of League of Nations even though it did not participate in WWI. It has the UNOG from 1946 though Switzerland has not joined UN till 2002. It was the headquarters of OPEC ...
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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 ...
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