Evangelical People's Party of Switzerland

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Evangelical People's Party of Switzerland
German name Evangelische Volkspartei der Schweiz (EVP)
French name Parti Evangelique Suisse (PEV)
Italian name Partito Evangelico Svizzero (PEV)
Romansh name Partida evangelica da la Svizra (PEV)
President Marianne Streiff
Members of the Federal Council None
Founded 1919 P. Christian Protestant
1994 Swiss Evangelical P.
Headquarters Josefstrasse 32
Case Postale 3467
8021 Zurich
Membership  (2011) 4,600[1]
Ideology Christian democracy[2]
Social conservatism[2]
Political position Centre
European affiliation European Christian Political Movement
Colours Yellow, Black
National Council
2 / 200
Council of States
0 / 46
Cantonal legislatures
39 / 2,609
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File:CHbezirke 110211 EVP.png
EVP at district level, 2011

The Evangelical People's Party of Switzerland (German: Evangelische Volkspartei der Schweiz, French: Parti Evangelique Suisse, Italian: Partito Evangelico Svizzero, Romansh: Partida evangelica da la Svizra) is a Protestant Christian-democratic political party in Switzerland, active mainly in the Cantons of Bern, Basel-Land, Basel-Stadt, Aargau and Zürich.[3] "Evangelical" translates as evangelisch, the German term for "Protestant", as opposed to "evangelical" as used in Anglo-Saxon Christianity.

The EVP is conservative on euthanasia, abortion, registered partnerships and other typically Christian issues, centrist on economic issues and stands rather centre-left on issues of wealth redistribution, education, environmentalism and immigration. Among other things, it claims to be "dedicated to protecting the environment out of a sense of responsibility for the Creation."

The EVP is a member of the European Christian Political Movement (EPCM) and was previously an observer member of the European People's Party (EPP) until 2008. In the Federal Assembly of Switzerland the EVP forms a joint group along with the Christian Democratic People's Party (CVP) and the Christian Social Party (CSP).[4]


  1. Der Bund kurz erklärt (in Deutsch). Swiss Confederation. 2015. p. 20.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 Parties and Elections in Europe: The database about parliamentary elections and political parties in Europe, by Wolfram Nordsieck
  3. http://web.archive.org/web/20141103083828/http://www.parties-and-elections.eu:80/switzerland3.html. Archived from the original on November 3, 2014. Retrieved August 19, 2014. Missing or empty |title= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. http://web.archive.org/web/20140429051157/http://www.parlament.ch/e/organe-mitglieder/bundesversammlung/fraktionen/fraktionen-49-legislatur/Pages/default.aspx. Archived from the original on April 29, 2014. Retrieved April 28, 2014. Missing or empty |title= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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