Swiss federal election, 1999

The Swiss Parliament elections of 1999 were held on 24 October 1999. The 200 seats of the National Council as well as 40 of the 46 seats in the Senate were to be reassigned. This 46th legislative period lasted four years until October 2003.

In Parliament there was a landslide victory for the SVP. The SVP won 15 seats, and won where they were first founded during the 1990s, especially in those cantons. These were mainly the medium and small cantons of German Switzerland. It has made them. Fourth largest of the strongest party

Big losers in this development were the small right wing parties, the Freedom Party lost four-fifths of their voices and all seven National Council seats; the Swiss Democrats remained a single National Council.

The three major traditional parties, SP, FDP and CVP remained stable. This was also true for the Green Party of Switzerland, which had virtually connected all the remaining small green - alternative cantonal parties between 1995 and 1999 ( the most important was the Green Alliance Bern ).

The country ring of the Independent, a traditional social-liberal opposition party came in 1999 under the name list of independents, and only reached a mandate. He decided to dissolve itself in December 1999.

In the Senate, the changes were less dramatic. The country's ring and the Liberal Party of Switzerland lost its representation in the small chamber, remained for the next eight years there, the four governing parties (FDP, CVP, SVP and SP) among themselves.

  • 2.1 Parties, voice, seats
  • 2.2 Distribution of seats in the cantons
  • 3.1 seat distributions
  • 3.2 Selected Ständerätinnen and Councillors

Selection mode


The National Councils are elected by proportional representation electoral system since 1919, ie the seats are distributed according to the share of the vote the party lists in the individual cantons and only within the list according to the people voices. The number of seats per canton are determined by the number of inhabitants.

Detail, see: National Council ( Switzerland ) - Electoral Process

Council of States

Each canton since 1848 selects two representatives to the Council of States ( half-cantons: an agent). The Senate elections are governed by cantonal law. Apart from the Canton of Jura contact all cantons in the Majorzwahlrecht. With the exception of the cantons of Appenzell Innerrhoden, Grisons, Obwalden and train the stands representative was elected on 24 October in all cantons.

Detail, see: Senate - voting procedures

National results

Parties, voice, seats

Results from the cantons under Swiss parliamentary elections 1999/Resultate national elections.

1 Including a common list of SP and alternatives in Canton train.

2 in German: German: Active Age Club

3 German: Against the welfare cuts, no to the bilateral agreements

4 German: The party pooper

5 to German: For a better future

Allocation of seats in the cantons

Votes and percentages in the cantons and the names of those elected under Swiss parliamentary elections 1999/Resultate national elections.

1inkl. Green Alliance (Bern)

Results of States

Seat distributions

Detailed results with votes of all the candidates in the cantons under Results of Senate elections (1999-2003).

  • SP: 6
  • CVP: 15
  • FDP: 18
  • SVP: 7

Selected Ständerätinnen and Councillors

Detailed results with votes of all the candidates in the cantons under Results of Senate elections (1999-2003).