Social Democratic Party of Switzerland

Social Democratic Party of Switzerland

Infobox Swiss Political Party
party_name = Social Democratic Party of Switzerland
party_wikicolourid = SDPS
german_name = Sozialdemokratische Partei der Schweiz (SP)
french_name = Parti socialiste suisse (PS)
italian_name = Partito Socialista Svizzero (PS) | romansh_name = Partida Socialdemocrata de la Svizra (PS) | president =Christian Levrat
council_members = Micheline Calmy-Rey and Moritz Leuenberger
foundation = 21 October 1888
headquarters = Spitalgasse 34
CH-3001 Berne
ideology = Social democracy
european = Party of European Socialists (observer)
international = Socialist International
colours = Red
website = []
The Social Democratic Party of Switzerland (also rendered as Socialist Party of Switzerland; _de. Sozialdemokratische Partei der Schweiz (SP); _fr. Parti socialiste suisse (PS); _it. Partito Socialista Svizzero; _rm. Partida Socialdemocrata de la Svizra) is a social-democratic party in Switzerland.

It was founded on October 21, 1888 and is one of the four leading coalition political parties in Switzerland. It is the left-most party with representatives in the Swiss Federal Council. It is also the second largest political party in the Swiss Parliament. The current members in the council are: Micheline Calmy-Rey and Moritz Leuenberger.

Social Democrats are considered the most pro-European party in Swiss politics.

Popular support

In 2003, it held 52 mandates (out of 200) in the Swiss National Council (first chamber of the Swiss parliament); 9 (out of 46) in the second chamber and 2 out of 7 mandates in the Swiss Federal Council (executive body). By 2005, it held 23,8% of the seats in the Swiss Cantonal governments and 23,2% in the Swiss Cantonal parliaments (index "BADAC", weighted with the population and number of seats). At the last legislative elections, 22 October 2007, the party won 19,5 % of the popular vote and 43 out of 200 seats. [ [ Nationalrat 2007 ] ]


Members of the Swiss Federal Council


External links

* [] : The Web site, only available in French and German.

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