List of cantonal legislatures of Switzerland

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This is a list of cantonal legislatures of Switzerland. Each canton of Switzerland has a democratically-elected cantonal legislature, as well as electing members to the Federal Assembly.

The largest legislatures, in Zurich and St. Gallen, have 180 members each, whilst the smallest, in less-populous Appenzell Innerrhoden, has only 49 members. Appenzell Innerrhoden is also the only legislature that is non-partisan. All other legislatures operate party political systems. The Swiss People's Party (SVP) are the largest party in ten legislatures, whilst FDP.The Liberals and the Christian Democratic People's Party (CVP) are the largest in seven each and the Social Democratic Party (SP) are the largest in one legislature.

Two cantons, Appenzell Innerrhoden and Glarus, hold Landsgemeinden as their highest legislative body. Under this system, a form of direct democracy, all adult citizens may attend an annual general assembly, where they may vote on laws. A permanent legislature also sits more frequently, but sovereignty resides with the Landsgemeinden. For the purpose of this article, the permanent legislature is considered the cantonal legislature.

Canton Legislature Members Largest party Last election Next election
Aargau AG Aargau Grand Council 140 SVP (45) 21 October 2012 2015
Appenzell Ausserrhoden AR Appenzell Ausserrhoden Cantonal Council 65 FDP (25) 3 April 2011 2015
Appenzell Innerrhoden AI Appenzell Innerrhoden Grand Council[Note 1] 49 Non-partisan 2007
Basel-City BS Basel-Stadt Grand Council 100 SP (33) 28 October 2012 2016
Basel-Country BL Basel-Landschaft Landrat 90 SVP (24) 27 March 2011 2015
Berne BE Bern Grand Council 160 SVP (44) 28 March 2010 2014
Fribourg FR Fribourg Grand Council 110 CVP (31) 4 December 2011 2016
Geneva GE Geneva Grand Council 100 FDP (31) 11 October 2009 2013
Glarus GL Glarus Landrat[Note 1] 80 SVP (17) 30 May 2010 2014
Grisons GR Graubünden Grand Council 120 FDP (38) 13 June 2010 2014
Jura JU Jura Parliament 60 CVP (19) 24 October 2010 2014
Lucerne LU Lucerne Grand Council 120 CVP (39) 10 April 2011 2015
Neuchâtel NE Neuchâtel Grand Council 115 FDP (35) 14 April 2013 2017
Nidwalden NW Nidwalden Landrat 60 SVP (19) 7 March 2010 2015
Obwalden OW Obwalden Cantonal Council 55 CVP (23) 7 March 2010 2014
Schaffhausen SH Schaffhausen Cantonal Council 60 SVP (16) 23 September 2012 2016
Schwyz SZ Schwyz Cantonal Council 100 SVP (35) 11 March 2012 2016
Solothurn SO Solothurn Cantonal Council 100 FDP (26) 3 March 2013 2017
St. Gallen SG St. Gallen Cantonal Council 180 SVP (35) 11 March 2012 2016
Thurgau TG Thurgau Grand Council 130 SVP (41) 15 April 2012 2016
Ticino TI Ticino Grand Council 90 FDP (23) 10 April 2011 2015
Uri UR Uri Landrat 64 CVP (23) 15 April 2012 2016
Valais VS Valais Grand Council 130 CVP (49) 3 March 2013 2017
Vaud VD Vaud Grand Council 150 FDP (47) 11 March 2012 2017
Zug ZG Zug Cantonal Council 80 CVP (23) 3 October 2010 2014
Zurich ZH Zurich Cantonal Council 180 SVP (54) 3 April 2011 2015

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  1. ^ a b The ultimate legislative body is the annual Landsgemeinde.

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