Timeline of Swiss history

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This is a timeline of Swiss history, comprising important legal and territorial changes and political events in Switzerland and its predecessor states. To read about the background to these events, see History of Switzerland.

Prior to 19th century[edit]

Year Date Event
1307 "Swiss independence declared."[1]

19th century[edit]

Year Date Event
1832 Confederate Schützenverein founded.[2]
1843 Schweizerisches Gesangsfest (de) (singing festival) begins.
1847 Sonderbund War, a civil war that pitted Catholic against Protestant cantons
1848 September 12 Switzerland begins to become a federal state.
1874 The Swiss Federal Constitution was extensively amended.[3]
1877 June Flooding.[3]

20th century[edit]

Year Date Event
1920 Switzerland joins the League of Nations.[4]
1958 The Swiss population vote in favour of having a nuclear bomb. However, in 1968, the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty is seen as an alternative, therefore Switzerland does not build nuclear weapons.
1963 Switzerland joins the Council of Europe (not to be confused with the European Union).
1971 Women are given the right to vote.
1979 French-speaking Canton of Jura secedes from mostly German-speaking Canton of Bern.[5]

21st century[edit]

Year Date Event
2002 Switzerland was ratified as a member of the United Nations.
2009 Swiss minaret referendum, 2009 held.

See also[edit]

Cities in Switzerland


  1. ^ Benjamin Vincent (1910), "Switzerland", Haydn's Dictionary of Dates (25th ed.), London: Ward, Lock & Co. – via HathiTrust 
  2. ^ Oliver Zimmer (10 July 2003). A Contested Nation: History, Memory and Nationalism in Switzerland, 1761-1891. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-81919-0. 
  3. ^ a b George Henry Townsend (1877), "Switzerland", Manual of Dates (5th ed.), London: Frederick Warne & Co. 
  4. ^ Leo Schelbert (2014). "Chronology". Historical Dictionary of Switzerland (2nd ed.). Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. ISBN 978-1-4422-3352-2. 
  5. ^ "Switzerland Profile: Timeline", BBC News, retrieved September 2015 

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