The ‘magic formula’ of Switzerland’s direct democracy

24.07.20233 min

There are seven seats in the Swiss Federal Council. How are they divided among the country’s political parties? Find out in this video.

How many seats are there in the Swiss government, the Federal Council? The answer is seven. But how does Switzerland do the maths to divide that figure among the political parties? Is it 2+2+2+1, or 3+2+2? And why does it matter? When modern Switzerland was founded in 1848, the Swiss government con...

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