Progressive Citizens' Party

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Progressive Citizens' Party
Abbreviation FBP
Leader Elfried Hasler
Founded 1918
Headquarters Aeulestrasse 56
9490 Vaduz
Newspaper Liechtensteiner Volksblatt[1]
Ideology National conservatism,
Economic liberalism
Political position Right-wing
European affiliation European Democrat Union[2]
Colours Orange
10 / 25
Politics of Liechtenstein
Political parties

The Progressive Citizens' Party (German: Fortschrittliche Bürgerpartei in Liechtenstein, English: Progressive Citizens' Party in Liechtenstein, FBP) is a National conservative political party in Liechtenstein.[3] Founded in 1918 along with the now-defunct Christian-Social People's Party, it is the oldest continuously existing party in Liechtenstein.[4]


The party was established in 1918 by middle class citizens and members of the agricultural community as a response to the formation of the Christian-Social People's Party (VP).[5] It won the majority of the elected seats in the 1918 elections,[6] but the VP formed a government.[7]

The VP won elections in 1922, January 1926 and April 1926, but the FBP won the 1928 elections, and became the party of government until 1938,[7] with Josef Hoop serving as Prime Minister until 1945. In 1938 the FBP allowed the Patriotic Union to join it in a coalition government. The two parties governed in coalition until the 1997 elections,[8] after which the Patriotic Union formed a government. The FBP won the 2001 elections and its leader Otmar Hasler became Prime Minister. Following the 2005 elections the coalition was renewed,[8] with Hasler remaining Prime Minister. The VU's Klaus Tschütscher held the post between 2009 and 2013, after which FBP leader Adrian Hasler became Prime Minister.


  1. ^ "Fortschrittliche Bürgerpartei". (in German). Liechtenstein National Archives. Retrieved 22 February 2014. 
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  3. ^ Liechtenstein Parties and Elections
  4. ^ "History". Fürstentum Liechtenstein. Government of Liechtenstein Marketing. Retrieved 13 February 2014. 
  5. ^ Vincent E McHale (1983) Political parties of Europe, Greenwood Press, p609 ISBN 0-313-23804-9
  6. ^ Nohlen, D & Stöver, P (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p1182 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
  7. ^ a b McHale, p611
  8. ^ a b Nohlen & Stöver, p1157

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