Swiss People's Party

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Swiss People's Party /
Democratic Union of the Centre

Schweizerische Volkspartei (German)
Union Démocratique du Centre
Unione Democratica di Centro
Partida Populara Svizra
Leader Toni Brunner
Members in Federal Council Ueli Maurer
Slogan "Swiss quality, the party of the middle class"
Founded 22 September 1971
Merger of BGB and Democratic Party
Headquarters Brückfeldstrasse 18
CH-3001 Berne
Youth wing Young SVP
Membership  (2011) 90,000
Ideology Nationalism
International affiliation None
European affiliation None
Official colours      Dark Green
National Council
54 / 200
Council of States
5 / 46
Cantonal legislatures
567 / 2,608
Party flag
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Poster, with the slogan "To Create Security", derived from the SVP's 2007 proposal of a new law which would authorise the deportion of criminal foreigners.

The Swiss People's Party, (German: Schweizerische Volkspartei, SVP, Romansh: Partida populara Svizra, PPS), also known as the Democratic Union of the Centre (French: Union démocratique du centre, UDC, Italian: Unione Democratica di Centro, UDC) is a political party in Switzerland. Ueli Maurer is the president of the party.

The party opposes immigration into Switzerland and membership into the EU and UN. In the 2003 elections, they gained 26% of the Swiss Parliament. In 2007 they gained 29% of the votes.

Election results

Federal elections

Federal Assembly of Switzerland
Election # of total
% of
# of
1971 217,908 increase 11.1% increase 23 increase
1975 190,445 decrease 9.9% decrease 21 decrease
1979 210,425 increase 11.6% increase 23 increase
1983 215,457 increase 11.1% decrease 23 steady
1987 211,535 decrease 11.0% decrease 25 increase
1991 240,353 increase 11.9% increase 25 steady
1995 280,420 increase 14.9% increase 29 increase
1999 440,159 increase 22.5% increase 44 increase
2003 561,817 increase 26.6% increase 55 increase
2007 672,562 increase 28.9% increase 62 increase
2011 641,106 decrease 26.6% decrease 54 decrease


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