Pensions, spies and carbon footprint

Three issues featured on the agenda of the September 25, 2016 nationwide votes: A trade union initiative to raise old age pensions, an initiative by the Green Party for a more sustainable economy and a parliamentary decision to boost the powers of the intelligence service.

Intelligence service reform

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Old age pension boost

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Sustainable economy

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Cantonal votes

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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 September 25, 2016 ballot.

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

It was the third in a series of four nationwide ballots this year.

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.

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