Swiss federal election, 1947

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Federal elections were held in Switzerland on 26 October 1947.[1] Although the Social Democratic Party received the most votes, the Free Democratic Party emerged as the largest party in the National Council, winning 52 of the 194 seats.[2]


National Council

Party Votes % Seats +/–
Social Democratic Party251,62526.248–8
Free Democratic Party220,48623.052+5
Swiss Conservative People's Party203,20221.244+1
Party of Farmers, Traders and Independents115,97612.121–1
Swiss Party of Labour49,3535.17New
Ring of Independents42,4284.48+1
Liberal Democratic Party30,4923.27–1
Social-Political Group28,0962.950
Evangelical People's Party9,0720.910
Liberal Socialist Party4,6260.51+1
Other parties4,9310.50–2
Invalid/blank votes25,212
Registered voters/turnout1,360,45372.4
Source: Mackie & Rose,[3] Nohlen & Stöver

Council of the States

In several cantons the members of the Council of the States were chosen by the cantonal parliaments.[4]

Party Seats +/–
Swiss Conservative People's Party18–1
Free Democratic Party11–1
Social Democratic Party50
Party of Farmers, Traders and Independents40
Social-Political Group20
Liberal Democratic Party20
Other parties2+2
Source: Nohlen & Stöver


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