connect, grow & thrive.

The September 27 Referendum Results

Today Switzerland voted on several motions and 59% of the voting population turned up at the urns. You can read up on the content of the motions in these two posts: The Begrenzungsinitiative explained, The Other Referendums explained.

The results are:

The Limited Immigration – Begrenzungsinitiative.

Once more the SVP saw their efforts to put an end to the EU/Swiss alliance thwarted. As nearly 62% of voters rejected their motion. Europeans will continue to be allowed to travel and work here without major impediments.

The Hunting Initiative

This initiative was rejected by 51,9%, meaning that wolves, lynx and bears cannot be hunted with impunity.

Paternity Leave

60,3% of voters approved the right for fathers to take 2 weeks paid leave with the birth of every child.

New Military Jets

Proving that every vote counts, the budgeted 6 billion francs for new jets was approved by a majority of only 8670 votes.

More Money for Parents

63,2% turned down the chance of giving more money to parents who put their children into the kita.

In Lucerne we voted on three initiatives explained here.

Renter Initiative

The renter initiative was approved by a small majority of 364 voters.

No to Spange Nord

Nearly 73% of voters were in favour of this motion, showing that inhabitants favour quality of life over faster traffic connections.

Money for St Karli School

Nearly 87% of voters approved the budget for the renovation of the school.

Charlie Hartmann is the managing director of the Livingin organisation which focuses on helping international residents connect, grow and thrive in Switzerland.