List of cantonal legislatures of Switzerland

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Valais
Ticino
Graubünden
Geneva
Vaud
Neuchâtel
Jura
Bern
Thurgau
Zurich
Aargau
Lucerne
Solothurn
Basel-Land
Schaffhausen
Uri
Schwyz
Glarus
St. Gallen
AI
AR
Obwalden
Nidwalden
Zug
Fribourg
Basel-Stadt
France
Italy
Liecht.
Austria
Germany

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
official naming
Members Largest party Last election Next election
Aargau AG Aargau Grand Council
Grosser Rat
140 SVP (45) 21 October 2012 2015
Appenzell Ausserrhoden AR Appenzell Ausserrhoden Cantonal Council
Kantonsrat
65 FDP (25) 3 April 2011 2015
Appenzell Innerrhoden AI Appenzell Innerrhoden Grand Council
Grosser Rat[Note 1]
49 Non-partisan 2011
Basel-City BS Basel-Stadt Grand Council
Grosser Rat
100 SP (33) 28 October 2012 2016
Basel-Country BL Basel-Landschaft Landrat
Landrat
90 SVP (24) 27 March 2011 2015
Berne BE Bern Grand Council
Grosser Rat, Grand Conseil
160 SVP (49) 30 March 2014 2018
Fribourg FR Fribourg Grand Council
Grand Conseil, Grosser Rat
110 CVP (31) 4 December 2011 2016
Geneva GE Geneva Grand Council
Grand Conseil
100 FDP (24) 6 October 2013 2017
Glarus GL Glarus Landrat
Landrat[Note 1]
80 SVP (17) 30 November 2014 2018
Grisons GR Graubünden Grand Council
Grosser Rat, Cusegl grond, Gran Consiglio
120 FDP (35) 18 May 2014 2018
Jura JU Jura Parliament
Parlement
60 CVP (19) 24 October 2010 18 October 2015
Lucerne LU Lucerne Cantonal Council
Kantonsrat
120 CVP (39) 10 April 2011 2015
Neuchâtel NE Neuchâtel Grand Council
Grand Conseil
115 FDP (35) 14 April 2013 2017
Nidwalden NW Nidwalden Landrat
Landrat
60 SVP (19) 7 March 2010 2015
Obwalden OW Obwalden Cantonal Council
Kantonsrat
55 CVP (19) 9 March 2014 2018
Schaffhausen SH Schaffhausen Cantonal Council
Kantonsrat
60 SVP (16) 23 September 2012 2016
Schwyz SZ Schwyz Cantonal Council
Kantonsrat
100 SVP (35) 11 March 2012 2016
Solothurn SO Solothurn Cantonal Council
Kantonsrat
100 FDP (26) 3 March 2013 2017
St. Gallen SG St. Gallen Cantonal Council
Kantonsrat
180 SVP (35) 11 March 2012 2016
Thurgau TG Thurgau Grand Council
Grosser Rat
130 SVP (41) 15 April 2012 2016
Ticino TI Ticino Grand Council
Gran Consiglio
90 FDP (23) 10 April 2011 2015
Uri UR Uri Landrat
Landrat
64 CVP (23) 15 April 2012 2016
Valais VS Valais Grand Council
Grand Conseil, Grosser Rat
130 CVP (49) 3 March 2013 2017
Vaud VD Vaud Grand Council
Grand Conseil
150 FDP (47) 11 March 2012 2017
Zug ZG Zug Cantonal Council
Kantonsrat
80 CVP (22) 5 October 2014 2018
Zurich ZH Zurich Cantonal Council
Kantonsrat
180 SVP (54) 3 April 2011 2015

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Notes[edit]

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