Ticino League

Ticino League
German name Liga der Tessiner
French name Ligue des Tessinois
Italian name Lega dei Ticinesi
Founded 1991
Headquarters Via Monte Boglia 3,
CH-6900 Lugano
Membership  (2011) 1,500[1]
Ideology Right-wing populism[2] Euroscepticism
National conservatism
Political position Right-wing
European affiliation None
International affiliation None
Colours Blue, Red
National Council
2 / 200
Council of States
0 / 46
Cantonal legislatures
21 / 90

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Federal Chancellor
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The Ticino League (Italian: Lega dei Ticinesi) is an isolationist, national conservative political party in Switzerland active in the canton of Ticino.

In 1991, after some public campaigning in the Sunday journal Mattino della Domenica against political power and use of public money, the editor Giuliano Bignasca and the director Flavio Maspoli founded the Ticino League to continue the fight at the political level. Bignasca (1945–2013) was the League's "president for life".

The League is one of four major parties in the canton, alongside FDP.The Liberals, the Christian Democratic People's Party, and the Social Democratic Party. Since 1991, the party has been represented in the National Council and in the five-member cantonal Ticino executive (the Council of State, Consiglio di Stato) with two seats. In the 90-seat Ticino legislature, (the Grand Council, Gran Consiglio) the party has 21 seats.

At the federal election in 2011, the party won 0.8% of the popular vote and secured 2 out of 200 seats in the Swiss National Council (the first chamber of the Swiss parliament), doubling their representation compared to the single seat they held in 2007 with 0,5% of the vote.[3] In the 2015 election, the Ticino League slightly increased their share of the national vote to 1.0% and kept their two seats in parliament.[4] The party is not represented in the second chamber nor on the executive body of the nation.

In the Federal Assembly, the League sits with the Swiss People's Party. The party has some ties with the regional and federalist northern Italian rightist party Lega Nord.


See also


  1. Total number of seats represents the Ticino Parliament, not the total number of cantonal parliament seats in Switzerland.


  1. Der Bund kurz erklärt (in German). Swiss Confederation. 2011. p. 21.
  2. "Nationales Forschungsprogramm 40+".
  3. "Nationalrat 2007".
  4. Bundesamt für Statistik. "Nationalratswahlen: Übersicht Schweiz". Retrieved 2015-10-19.
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