Elections and votes

Voting by show of hands in the Canton of Glarus
Image of direct democracy by show of hands at the Landsgemeinde in the Canton of Glarus © FDFA, Presence Switzerland

The people of Switzerland can participate in political decision-making through popular initiatives. A popular initiative, adopted by referendum, can affect foreign policy.

People’s initiative “Against Mass Immigration”

The Federal Department of Justice and Police (FDJP) provides information about this referendum, which was held on 9 February 2014.