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.

19th century[edit]

Year Date Event
1848 September 12 Switzerland begins to become a federal state.
1874 The Swiss Federal Constitution was extensively amended

20th century[edit]

Year Date Event
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.

21st century[edit]

Year Date Event
2002 Switzerland was ratified as a member of the United Nations.


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