How long does it take to get Swiss citizenship and is serving in the Swiss Army required? Learn more about Switzerland's political system, including the government, the doctrine of armed neutrality and when foreigners can vote.

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Becoming a citizen

Swiss citizenship laws have undergone dramatic changes in the past 20 years.

Foreigner voting rights

Voting at a national level is reserved for those with Swiss citizenship who are at least 18 years old, though some cantons allow foreigners to ...

Armed neutrality

Switzerland and neutrality are synonymous but that does not mean the Swiss have no military might. The Swiss Army trains for self-defence and ...

Swiss political system

Switzerland was not always a nation-state in the modern sense, but a loose alliance of autonomous cantons that came together under a federal ...

Cantons and municipalities

Switzerland has been a federal state since 1848. Authority is shared between the Confederation (central state), the 26 cantons and half-cantons ...

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