Nuclear-free energy

Voters have rejected plans for a 45-year limit to Switzerland's nuclear power plants.

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Atomic power How to operate a nuclear reactor

What is the point of training people how to operate a nuclear reactor in a power plant that is about to close down? Swiss Public Television goes ...

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About 5.2 million Swiss citizens, including registered members of the Swiss Abroad community, were eligible to take part in the November 27, 2016 ballot.

Votes on a broad range of issues, as well as elections, also took place in several cantons and communes across the country.

It was the fourth and final nationwide vote this year.

Direct democracy What’s a people’s or citizens’ initiative?

Switzerland gives its citizens the chance to play a direct part in political decision-making. Although direct democracy is not unique to ...

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Explore 600 national votes How direct democracy has grown over the decades

The number of issues put to vote has increased considerably since the 1970s. The graphics present more than 600 nationwide votes since 1848.