National Council (Switzerland)

lower house

The National Council (German: Nationalrat, French: Conseil national, Italian: Consiglio nazionale, Romansh: Cussegl naziunal) is the lower house of the Federal Assembly of Switzerland, the upper house being the Council of States. With 200 seats, the National Council is the larger of the two houses.[1]

Adult citizens elect the council's members, who are called National Councillors for four year terms. These members are apportioned to the Swiss cantons in proportion to their population.[1]

Both houses meet in the Federal Palace of Switzerland in Berne.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 "The National Council" (official site). Berne, Switzerland: The Swiss Parliament. Retrieved 2016-08-09.
  2. "The Parliament Building" (official site). Berne, Switzerland: The Swiss Parliament. Retrieved 2016-08-09.