Green Liberal Party of Switzerland

Federal Assembly of Switzerland Green Party of Switzerland Swiss People's Party

Green Liberal Party of Switzerland
German nameGrünliberale Partei (glp)
French nameParti vert'libéral (pvl)
Italian namePartito Verde-Liberale (pvl)
Romansh namePartida Verda-Liberala (pvl)
PresidentJürg Grossen
Members of the Federal CouncilNone
Founded19 July 2007
Split fromGreen Party of Switzerland
HeadquartersMonbijoustrasse 30
3011 Berne
Membership (2019)5,000[1]
IdeologyGreen liberalism[2]
Social liberalism
Economic liberalism
Political positionCentre[3] to centre-right[4]
European affiliationAlliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Party[5]
Colours     Light green
     Light blue
National Council
16 / 200
Council of States
0 / 46
Cantonal legislatures
99 / 2,609

Swiss Federal Council
Federal Chancellor
Federal Assembly
Council of States (members)
National Council (members)

The Green Liberal Party of Switzerland (German: Grünliberale Partei der Schweiz, glp; French: Parti vert'libéral, pvl), abbreviated to glp, is a centrist green-liberal political party in Switzerland. Founded in 2007, the party holds sixteen seats in the Federal Assembly as of the October 2019 election.

The party was formed on 19 July 2007 by four cantonal branches of the Green Party. Contesting the election in October 2007 in St. Gallen and Zurich, the party won three seats in the National Council. A month later, the party won a seat in the Council of States, with Verena Diener representing Zurich. The party has since expanded across Switzerland, and holds seats in thirteen cantonal legislatures in German-speaking Switzerland and the Romandy. The party reached 5.4% at the 2011 federal election,[6] increasing the number of Members of the National Council from 3 to 12, but suffered a setback in 2015 retreating to 7 seats with 4,6% of the national vote.[7]

The Green Liberals are a party of the political centre,[3] as opposed to the left Green Party. They seek to combine liberalism on civil liberties and moderate economic liberalism with environmental sustainability.[8] The party has an autonomous parliamentary group in the Federal Assembly of Switzerland since the 2011 federal election.[9]


The party was founded on 19 July 2007 by four cantonal parties of the same name that had seceded from the Green Party.[10] These branches were in Basel-Landschaft, Bern, St. Gallen, and Zurich.

In the 2007 election to the National Council on 22 October 2007, the party ran in Zurich and St. Gallen.[11] Despite being limited to only two cantons, the party won 1.4% of the popular vote nationwide and 3 out of 200 seats. In Zurich, they won 7% of the vote.[11] One of these three had been a National Councillor for the Green Party in the previous Parliament.

A month later, it won a seat in the Council of States, with Verena Diener representing Zurich. Along with the first appearance of the Green Party, this was the first time a minor party had won representation in the Council of States since 1995.[12] When the Federal Assembly convened, the glp joined the Christian Democrats/EPP/glp Group,[11] making it the second-largest group, behind the Swiss People's Party.[13] In 2010 the party got an additional seat in the Council of States with Markus Stadler from Uri.

There are now eighteen cantonal parties: Zurich, St. Gallen, Basel-Country, Bern, Zug, Thurgau, Basel-Stadt, Graubünden, Lucerne, Aargau, Solothurn, Fribourg, Vaud, Geneva, Neuchâtel, Glarus, Schwyz and Schaffhausen.

Percentages of the green liberal party at district level in 2011.

Elected representatives

Council of States

None since the 2015 election.

National Council

Since the 2015 election:

Since 2019

See also


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  2. ^ Switzerland Parliament Guide: Strategic Information, Regulations, Developments. 1 (2019 ed.). International Business Publications, USA. p. 63. ISBN 1-4387-4694-6.
  3. ^ a b Federal Chancellery, Communication Support (2016). The Swiss Confederation – a brief guide (PDF). Switzerland: Swiss Confederation. p. 18. Retrieved 11 December 2016.[dead link]
  4. ^ Church, Clive H. (2007). "Europe and the Swiss Parliamentary Election of 21 October 2007" (PDF). Election Briefing. 39. European Parties Elections and Referendums Network. Archived from the original (PDF) on 26 March 2010. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  5. ^ "ALDE Party Council meets in Zürich". ALDE. 28 June 2019. Retrieved 28 June 2019.
  6. ^ Eckdaten Nationalrat 2011 / 2007 (in German), Swiss Parliament, archived from the original on 27 January 2012
  7. ^ Bundesamt für Statistik. "Nationalratswahlen: Übersicht Schweiz". Archived from the original on 20 October 2015. Retrieved 19 October 2015.
  8. ^ Green Liberal Party. "What we stand for". Retrieved 30 August 2016.
  9. ^ "Parliamentary groups of the 49th legislative period 2011 - 2015". Federal Assembly of Switzerland. Archived from the original on 29 April 2014. Retrieved 24 January 2014.
  10. ^ Milic, Thomas (December 2008). "Switzerland". European Journal of Political Research. 47 (7–8): 1148–55. doi:10.1111/j.1475-6765.2008.00812.x.
  11. ^ a b c Dardanelli, Paolo (December 2008). "The Swiss federal elections of 2007". Electoral Studies. 27 (4): 748–51. doi:10.1016/j.electstud.2008.04.010.
  12. ^ "Parteipolitische Zusammensetzung des Ständerates nach den Wahlen". Federal Assembly of Switzerland. Archived from the original on 5 May 2010. Retrieved 2 April 2010.
  13. ^ "Parliamentary groups of the 48th legislative period 2007-2011". Federal Assembly of Switzerland. Archived from the original on 24 March 2010. Retrieved 2 April 2010.