The Swiss Political System

Switzerland’s political system is still considered a special case among modern democracies. Its origins lie in a multiplicity of languages, sovereign cantons, social structures and historical development. Elections for the national parliament took place in Switzerland on 22 October. This contribution does not discuss the outcome of these elections. The functioning of the system is … Read more » “The Swiss Political System”

The Confoederatio Helvetica

The abbreviation CH is derived from the official Latin name “Confoederatio Helvetica”. Curia Confoederatis Helveticae (CH) appears on the facade of the Federal Palace in Bern. Switzerland is the only European country with a Latin abbreviation with no linguistic relation to its current name. Helvetica refers to the Celtic tribe of Helvetians that inhabited the … Read more » “The Confoederatio Helvetica”

The Heart of the Confoederatio Helvetica

Switzerland celebrated its national day on 1 August. The country has long struggled with its national anthem, flag, and Constitution. After a long unification process me t(civil) wars and other (religious) disputes from the 13th century onwards, the cooperation of and between the cantons changed on 12 September 1848. The Confederation became the Confoederatio Helvetica … Read more » “The Heart of the Confoederatio Helvetica”