Swiss referendums, 1993

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Sixteen referendums were held in Switzerland during 1993.[1] The first three were held on 7 March on a federal law to raise fuel taxes (approved), a federal resolution on lifting the ban on gambling establishments (approved) and a popular initiative on banning animal testing (rejected).[2] The next two were held on 6 June on two popular initiatives; "40 military training areas are enough–environment projection at military" and "for a Switzerland without new warplanes". Both were rejected by voters.[2]

The next set of five referendums was held on 26 September on a federal resolution on the misuse of weaponry (approved), whether Laufen should be part of the Basel-Landschaft canton (approved), a popular initiative on creating a new Swiss National Day on 1 August (approved), a federal resolution on a temporary halt to increase in the cost of health insurance (approved) and a federal resolution on unemployment insurance (approved).[2]

The final set of six referendums was held on 28 November on federal resolutions on the financial order (approved), recovering money owed to the federal government (approved), measures for preserving social insurance (approved) and special excise taxes (approved), as well as popular initiatives "on the reduction of alcohol problems" and "on the reduction of tobacco problems", both of which were rejected.[1]


Month Question For Against Blank/invalid Total Registered
Turnout Cantons for Cantons against
Votes % Votes % Blank Invalid Full Half Full Half
MarchRaising fuel taxes1,259,37354.51,051,06745.519,3074,0862,333,8334,551,49351.3
Abolishing the ban on gambling establishments1,665,45472.5632,99827.529,3434,7072,332,50251.220600
Banning animal testing634,75827.81,651,33372.240,8304,8322,331,75351.200206
JuneEnvironmental protection1,124,89344.71,390,81255.314,7153,5842,534,0044,559,25855.662144
Ban on new warplanes1,074,66142.81,435,74457.220,0773,7382,534,22055.632174
SeptemberFederal resolution on weaponry1,539,78286.3245,02613.727,2622,5931,814,6634,553,75439.820600
Laufen and Basel-Landschaft1,188,94175.2392,89324.8209,8836,8301,798,54739.520600
Swiss National Day1,492,28583.8289,12216.232,2262,7951,816,42839.920600
Health insurance costs1,416,20980.5342,00219.550,4002,9711,811,58239.8
Unemployment insurance1,225,06970.4515,11329.666,3213,2451,809,74839.7
NovemberFinancial order1,347,40066.7674,03133.348,4333,3302,073,1944,565,75145.419610
Recovering money owed to the federal government1,163,88757.7852,43942.352,2573,3692,071,95245.415650
Protecting social insurance1,258,78262.6752,47237.457,5033,5262,072,28345.419610
Excise taxes1,212,00260.6786,39639.470,1763,6342,072,20845.417630
Reduction of alcohol problems516,05425.31,527,16574.730,5163,0732,076,80845.500206
Reduction of tobacco problems521,43325.51,521,88574.530,9992,9882,077,30545.500206
Source: Nohlen


  1. 1 2 Nohlen, D & Stöver, P (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, pp1935–1936 ISBN 9783832956097
  2. 1 2 3 Nohlen & Stöver, p1935
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