Swiss federal election, 1979

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Federal elections were held in Switzerland on 21 October 1979.[1] The Social Democratic Party and the Free Democratic Party emerged as the largest parties in the National Council, both winning 51 of the 200 seats.[2]


Party Votes % Seats +/–
Social Democratic Party447,99024.451–4
Free Democratic Party440,09924.051+4
Christian Democratic People's Party390,28121.344–2
Swiss People's Party212,70511.623+2
Ring of Independents74,6234.18–3
Liberal Party51,2582.88+2
Evangelical People's Party40,7442.230
Swiss Party of Labour38,1872.13–1
Swiss Progressive Organisations31,1281.72+2
National Action24,2571.320
Republican Movement11,5870.61–3
Group for the Protection of the Environment/Green Party of Zürich11,5830.61+1
Autonomous Socialist Party8,1470.410
Federal Democratic Union4,6260.300
Feminist and Green Alternative Groups3,2360.20
Other parties42,7402.32
Invalid/blank votes23,460
Registered voters/turnout3,864,28548.0
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

Council of the States

Party Seats +/–
Christian Democratic People's Party18+1
Free Democratic Party11–4
Social Democratic Party9+4
Swiss People's Party50
Liberal Party3+2
Ring of Independents0–1
Source: Nohlen & Stöver


  1. Nohlen, D & Stöver, P (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p1895 ISBN 9783832956097
  2. Nohlen & Stöver, p1955
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