The House of the Cantons

The opening of the House of Cantons (Haus der Kantone) in 2008 was a milestone in the cooperation between the 26 cantons. As a joint umbrella organisation of 13 governmental and 16 associated organisations of the cantons, it is a knowledge, discussion and consultation centre. It concentrates knowledge and provides a central meeting and communication … Read more » “The House of the Cantons”

The Referendum

There is another player besides the parliament and government in Switzerland: the citizens. Referendums can always confront the (federal, cantonal and municipal) decision makers with other points of view. The Constitution knows three types of federal referendums (also cantons and municipalities have their referendums which are not being dealt with yet). A compulsory referendum (das … Read more » “The Referendum”

The political system of Switzerland

The political system of Switzerland is considered a particular case among modern democracies because of its multitude of languages, relatively independent cantons, and historical development. These circumstances have led to the emergence of a political system characterised by far-reaching federalism, a direct democracy, striving for compromise, participating citizens (miliz system) and highly developed elements of … Read more » “The political system of Switzerland”