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Licence fee for public broadcasters

March 4 vote Swiss small-business owners debate media fee

A leading Swiss business organisation supports doing away with licence fees for public service broadcasters. Two of its members discuss the issue.

Funding and debates How the world’s countries provide public media

Swiss voters will soon decide the future of their public service broadcasting. What's the situation for public media in other countries?

Opinion ‘Would you still vote no if you had to pay?’

People's Party parliamentarian Claudio Zanetti says that when it comes to No Billag, those who don't pay shouldn't have a say, including Swiss abroad.

Opinion ‘No Billag is an attack against Switzerland’

For social democrat Tim Guldimann, the 'No Billag' initiative is a full-on attack on objective and balanced reporting.

March 4 vote: official stances ‘No Billag’ initiative has many opponents, few supporters

The initiative to do away with radio and TV license fees is backed by relatively few parties and organisations, a round-up shows.

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Federal taxes

Vote March 4, 2018 Federal taxes: billions of francs and muted opposition

Swiss voters will have the final say in March on the government’s right to tax its citizens and companies, including value added tax (VAT).

Direct democracy The people who pay taxes voluntarily

In Switzerland, voters determine how much should be paid in taxes, and how those taxes should be used. Isn’t this asking for trouble?

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About 5.3 million Swiss citizens, including registered members of the Swiss Abroad community, were eligible to take part in the March 4, 2018 ballot.

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

It was the first of up to four nationwide ballots this year.

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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.

Democracy in action Going to the polls

A vote weekend in Switzerland - ballots are cast at local, cantonal and national levels. Swiss citizens are called to cast their votes several ...