Swiss federal election, 1983

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Federal elections were held in Switzerland on 23 October 1983.[1] The Free Democratic Party emerged as the largest party in the National Council, winning 54 of the 200 seats.[2] It was the first time the Social Democratic Party had not received the most votes in a federal election since 1925.[3]


Party Votes % Seats +/–
Free Democratic Party457,28323.354+3
Social Democratic Party447,63422.847–4
Christian Democratic People's Party396,28120.242–2
Swiss People's Party217,16611.1230
Ring of Independents78,2924.080
National Action57,5922.94+2
Liberal Party55,3262.880
Swiss Progressive Organisations43,6942.23+1
Evangelical People's Party40,8372.130
Federation of Swiss Green Parties37,0791.93+2
Feminist and Green Alternative Groups20,0631.000
Swiss Party of Labour17,4880.91–2
Republican Movement10,1480.510
Autonomous Socialist Party9,9620.510
Independent Social-Christian Party7,8080.40New
Federal Democratic Union7,5900.400
Other parties55,5992.82
Invalid/blank votes30,118
Registered voters/turnout4,068,94048.9
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

Council of the States

Party Seats +/–
Christian Democratic People's Party180
Free Democratic Party14+3
Social Democratic Party6–3
Swiss People's Party50
Liberal Party30
Ring of Independents00
Source: Nohlen & Stöver


  1. Nohlen, D & Stöver, P (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p1895 ISBN 9783832956097
  2. Nohlen & Stöver, p1955
  3. Nohlen & Stöver, pp1947–1951
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