Christian Democratic People’s Party of Switzerland
Published 24th September, 2011
German: Christlichdemokratische Volkspartei der Schweiz, CVP
French: Parti Démocrate-Chrétien, PDC
Italian: Partito Popolare Democratic, PPD
Romansh: Partida Cristiandemocratica, PCD
The Christian Democratic People’s Party of Switzerland was founded in 1912 as the Swiss Conservative Party. Although it stresses its roots are in the encouragement of family life, a social market economy and peace in independence and freedom, it decided to emphasize the political rather than denominational side of the party. In 1957 it called itself the Parti-Conservateur Chrétien – Social Suisse and the party took its present name in 1970. Today it describes itself as centre and believes in Christian democracy.
Throughout the period from 1947 to 1983 in every election the party was in third place with around 20% to 23% of the vote and 42 to 48 seats in the lower house.
In 1987 they briefly jumped to second place with 19.7% of the vote and 42 seats, but it was a false dawn as the party has declined in every election since.
In 1991 they took 18.3% of the vote and in 1995 they took 16.8%, coming third in both election. But in 1999 they dropped to fourth place with 15.8% of the vote and have remained fourth ever since. In 2003 they took 14.4% of the vote and in 2007 it went up fractionally to 14.5%
The Christian Democratic People’s Party of Switzerland is a member of the Centrist Democrat International and associate member of the International Democrat Union. They are also associate members of the European People’s Party.