Population Statistics


Total Population


Population with a disability

according to World Health Organization’s 15% estimate

Election Dates

15 April 2014

Ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Federal Constitution of the Swiss Federation (1999, last amended 2013)

Updated: June 2015

Article 136, paragraph 1 states:

All Swiss citizens over the age of eighteen, unless they lack legal capacity due to mental illness or mental incapacity, have political rights in federal matters. All citizens have the same political rights and duties.


Article 143 states:

Any person eligible to vote may be elected to the National Council, the Federal Council or the Federal Supreme Court.


Excerpts from the Federal Constitution of the Swiss Confederation (1999, last amended 2013)

Federal Act on Political Rights (1976, last amended 2013)

Updated: June 2015

Article 2 states:

Persons lacking legal capacity who are ineligible to vote…are persons who are subject to a general deputyship or are represented as a carer as they are permanently incapable of judgment.


Article 5, paragraph 6 states:

Votes may be cast by proxy at the polling station provided cantonal law permits this for cantonal votes and elections. Persons who are eligible to vote but who are unable to write may have their ballot paper completed in accordance with their instructions by person of their choice who is eligible to vote.


Article 6 states:

The cantons shall ensure that anyone who, due to a disability or any other reason, is permanently incapable of carrying out the procedures required for voting is able to vote.


Article 25, paragraph 2 states:

The agent and, in the event of his incapacity, the deputy agent have the right and the obligation to make such legally-binding declarations on behalf of the signatories as may be required to obviate any objections.


Excerpts from the Federal Act on Political Rights (1976, last amended 2013)