Evangelical People's Party of Switzerland

The Evangelical People's Party of Switzerland (German: Evangelische Volkspartei der Schweiz, French: Parti évangelique suisse, Italian: Partito Evangelico Svizzero, Romansh: Partida evangelica da la Svizra) is a Protestant[6] Christian-democratic political party in Switzerland, active mainly in the Cantons of Bern, Basel-Land, Basel-Stadt, Aargau and Zürich.[7] "Evangelical" translates as evangelisch, the German term for "Protestant", as opposed to "evangelical" as used in Anglo-Saxon Christianity.

Evangelical People's Party of Switzerland
German nameEvangelische Volkspartei der Schweiz (EVP)
French nameParti évangelique suisse (PEV)
Italian namePartito Evangelico Svizzero (PEV)
Romansh namePartida evangelica da la Svizra (PEV)
PresidentMarianne Streiff
Founded1919 P. Christian Protestant
1994 Swiss Evangelical P.
HeadquartersJosefstrasse 32
Case Postale 3467
8021 Zürich
Membership (2015)4,600[1]
IdeologyChristian democracy[2]
Social conservatism[2]
Stewardship theology[3]
Political positionSocial: Right-wing
Economic: Centre[4] to centre-left[5]
European affiliationEuropean Christian Political Movement
Colours     Yellow
National Council
3 / 200
Council of States
0 / 46
Cantonal Executives
0 / 154
Cantonal legislatures
39 / 2,609

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

The EVP is conservative on euthanasia, abortion, registered partnerships and other typically Christian issues, centrist on economic issues and stands rather centre-left on issues of wealth redistribution, education, environmentalism and immigration. Among other things, it claims to be "dedicated to protecting the environment out of a sense of responsibility for Creation" and states that "the ethical values of the Bible should be the foundation of society."[3]

The EVP is a member of the European Christian Political Movement (EPCM) and was previously an observer member of the European People's Party (EPP) until 2008. In the Federal Assembly of Switzerland the EVP forms a joint group along with the Christian Democratic People's Party (CVP) and the Christian Social Party of Obwalden (CSP OW).[8]


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  2. Nordsieck, Wolfram (2019). "Switzerland". Parties and Elections in Europe. Retrieved 9 November 2019.
  3. Mombelli, Armando (July 25, 2015). "Small Parties of Protest and Principle". Swissinfo. Retrieved December 15, 2016.
  4. Gerber, Marlène; Mueller, Sean (October 23, 2015). "4 Cool Graphs that Explain Sunday's Swiss Elections". The Washington Post. Retrieved December 13, 2016.
  5. The Swiss Confederation – a brief guide. Switzerland: Swiss Confederation. Federal Chancellery, Communication Support. 2016. p. 18. Archived from the original (PDF) on December 20, 2016. Retrieved December 11, 2016.
  6. "Switzerland—Political Parties". European Election Database (EED). Norwegian Centre for Research Data. Retrieved 31 March 2018.
  7. https://web.archive.org/web/20141103083828/http://www.parties-and-elections.eu/switzerland3.html. Archived from the original on November 3, 2014. Retrieved August 19, 2014. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. https://web.archive.org/web/20140429051157/http://www.parlament.ch/e/organe-mitglieder/bundesversammlung/fraktionen/fraktionen-49-legislatur/Pages/default.aspx. Archived from the original on April 29, 2014. Retrieved April 28, 2014. Missing or empty |title= (help)

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