Latest news

Show more


Atomic withdrawal The end of a Swiss nuclear power plant

Ahead of a vote calling for 45 year limits to nuclear power plants, we look at what dismantling a nuclear power plant involves.

Fact check Have Switzerland’s nuclear reactors become too old and dangerous?

Swiss voters may have little reason to fear a major nuclear accident triggered by age-related issues.

opinion The risks of a rapid nuclear exit

The Green Party initiative before voters on November 27 endangers the security and cleanliness of the energy supply.

opinion A quick nuclear power exit will advance renewables

Switzerland’s nuclear power plants are among the oldest in the world and an accident could have catastrophic consequences.

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 ...

November 27 vote Is time up for nuclear power in Switzerland?

Banning construction of nuclear power plants and limiting to 45 years the use of existing ones: that's an issue before Swiss voters in November.

Show more

Additional content about the topic

Here is additional information about the topic

November 27 Vote results: Nuclear power initiative

Switzerland's nuclear power plants will not be forced to close after 45 years. A Green Party initiative is rejected.

Content about the topic

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?

Swiss citizens can either propose legislation of their own, or work to defeat legislation already approved by parliament.

Visual data

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.

Show more