Swiss federal election, 1939

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Federal elections were held in Switzerland on 29 October 1939.[1] The Free Democratic Party emerged as the largest party in the National Council, winning 49 of the 187 seats.[2] Due to the outbreak of World War II, there were no elections in nine of the 25 cantons; Appenzell Ausserrhoden, Lucerne, Neuchâtel, Schwyz, Solothurn, Ticino, Valais, Vaud and Zug.[3] In what became known as "silent elections", a total of 55 candidates were elected unopposed.[3]


National Council

Party Votes % Seats +/–
Social Democratic Party160,37725.945–5
Free Democratic Party128,16320.749+1
Swiss Conservative People's Party105,01817.043+1
Party of Farmers, Traders and Independents91,18214.722+1
Ring of Independents43,7357.19+2
Young Farmers27,7084.53–1
Social-Political Group16,8912.75+2
Communist Party15,9622.64+2
Liberal Socialist Party10,8651.81+1
Liberal Democratic Party10,2411.760
Evangelical People's Party5,7260.90–1
Other parties2,6650.400
Invalid/blank votes21,332
Registered voters/turnout861,26674.3
Source: Mackie & Rose,[4] Nohlen & Stöver

Council of the States

In several cantons the members of the Council of the States were chosen by the cantonal parliaments.[5]

Party Seats +/–
Swiss Conservative People's Party18–1
Free Democratic Party14–1
Party of Farmers, Traders and Independents4+1
Social Democratic Party30
Liberal Democratic Party20
Social-Political Group00
Other parties3+1
Source: Nohlen & Stöver


  1. Nohlen, D & Stöver, P (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p1895 ISBN 9783832956097
  2. Nohlen & Stöver, p1953
  3. 1 2 Nohlen & Stöver, p1948
  4. Thomas T Mackie & Richard Rose (1991) The International Almanac of Electoral History, Macmillan
  5. Nohlen & Stöver, p1956
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