Seat allocation

The representative organ of the Fifth Switzerland with a world-wide network 

On the one hand, the Council of the Swiss Abroad (CSA) reunites delegates from Swiss expatriates' associations as well as representatives of institutions which provide services for the Fifth Switzerland and, on the other, representatives from the Swiss public sphere.

 

Members from abroad represent the Swiss expatriates' clubs from around the world - the number of delegates depends on the size of the Swiss community. They are elected every four years by OSA-recognised Swiss expatriates' associations, or respectively, their federations.

 

Members from home are elected by the Council on recommendation by the Executive Board. They are personalities from the political, business and cultural fields who have the necessary expertise and connections to be able to address the concerns of their compatriots abroad and represent them effectively. Home-based members often have experience of living abroad.

 

The same seat allocation system as in the Federal Parliament

Seat distribution reflects the size of a given Swiss community. This is periodically adjusted by the CSA on the basis of the current statistics Swiss living abroad drawn up by the Federal Department for Foreign Affairs.

 

Europe  60
America  30 
Africa 
Asia  16 
Oceania 
Switzerland  20 
TOTAL  140 

  

Seat allocation at the Council of Swiss Abroad for the 2017-2021 term of office  

 

Continent Country/Group of countries Seats
Europe France 12
  Germany
  Italy
  Great Britain 
  Spain
  Austria 
  Netherlands
  Belgium
  Sweden 1
  Liechtenstein 1
  Greece 1
  Denmark 1
  Portugal
  Norway  1
  Turkey 1
  Hungary
  Finland 
  Ireland 
  Czech Republic 
  Luxembourg 
  Monaco 1
  Eastern Europe 
  Balkan 
  Russia 
America USA
  Canada
  Argentina 3
  Brazil
  Mexico
  Chile 2
  Peru 1
  Columbia 1
  Venezuela 
  Dominican Republic 
  Ecuador 
  Costa Rica 
  Paraguay 
Africa South Africa  2
  Egypt
  Tunisia 
  Morocco 
  available 
Asia Israel
 

Thailand

China

2

1  

  Philippines 1
  Singapore  1
  Japan 1
  United Arabian Emirates 1
  South-Asia
  Central Asia 
  Near East  
  available  
Oceania Australia
  New Zealand
Switzerland    20

 

During its meeting on 5th August 2016, the Council of the Swiss Abroad (CSA) has decided to award two additional seats to young Swiss Abroad.

On the occasion of its 18th August 2017 meeting, the CSA has also decided to allocate a vacant seat to Bolivia.