How inclusive is Swiss democracy?

Switzerland is known for its mountains, watches, chocolate, cheese and banks – and its democratic system. But not everyone in Switzerland can actively take part in democratic processes.

This content was published on August 16, 2022 - 10:37

Women can certainly tell you a thing or two about how long they had to wait until they were allowed to vote – almost 125 years. It is only in the last 50 years that Switzerland has been a real democracy with universal suffrage.

Today, some Swiss residents remain excluded from participating in political processes, such as people with a foreign background, people with impairments or those under 18. They represent a sizeable number, as this short animated video reveals.

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