Swiss federal election, 1959

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Federal elections were held in Switzerland on 25 October 1959.[1] The Social Democratic Party and the Free Democratic Party emerged as the largest parties in the National Council, each winning 51 of the 196 seats.[2]


National Council

Party Votes % Seats +/–
Social Democratic Party259,13926.451–2
Free Democratic Party232,55723.751+1
Conservative Christian Social Party229,08823.3470
Party of Farmers, Traders and Independents113,61111.623+1
Ring of Independents54,0495.5100
Swiss Party of Labour26,3462.73–1
Liberal Democratic Party22,9342.350
Social-Political Group21,1702.240
Evangelical People's Party14,0381.42+1
Other parties9,4381.00
Invalid/blank votes26,193
Registered voters/turnout1,473,15568.5
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

Council of the States

In several cantons the members of the Council of the States were chosen by the cantonal parliaments.[3]

Party Seats +/–
Conservative Christian Social Party170
Free Democratic Party13+1
Social Democratic Party4–1
Party of Farmers, Traders and Independents30
Liberal Democratic Party30
Social-Political Group1–1
Other parties3+1
Source: Nohlen & Stöver


  1. Nohlen, D & Stöver, P (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p1895 ISBN 9783832956097
  2. Nohlen & Stöver, p1954
  3. Nohlen & Stöver, p1956
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