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Liberal Democratic Party of Switzerland (FDP / PRD / PLR)

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[FDP, Switzerland]   [prd, Switzerland] images by Marcus Schmöger, 26 November 2006


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About the Flag

FDP (Freisinnig-Demokratische Partei Schweiz)
PRD (Parti radical-démocratique Suisse)
PLR (Partito liberale radicale svizzero)
(Liberal Democratic Party of Switzerland)

This party is one of the biggest parties in Switzerland and was particularly influential in the second half of the 19th and the first half of the 20th century. The party has a liberal program. Currently it has 36 seats in the 200-seat lower chamber of the Swiss Parliament (Nationalrat = National Council). Two FDP members are ministers in the federal government (Bundesrat = Federal Council).

The flag is square and shows the party abbreviation and additional text on a white field. In the German version the text is "Wir Liberalen" (We liberals) [1], in the French version it is "Les Radicaux" (The radicals) [2]. I don't know if Italian and Romansh versions exist as well. 
[1] http://www.fdp.ch/platform/apps/shop/Detail.asp?Nr=1046
[2] http://www.prd.ch/platform/apps/shop/Detail.asp?Nr=1044
Marcus Schmöger, 26 November 2006


Table pennants

[FDP, Switzerland]   [prd, Switzerland] images by Marcus Schmöger, 26 November 2006

In addition to the flag there is also a table pennant (Tischwimpel), also in German and French versions [3][4].

[3] http://www.fdp.ch/platform/apps/shop/Detail.asp?Nr=1043
[4] http://www.prd.ch/platform/apps/shop/Detail.asp?Nr=1041
Marcus Schmöger, 26 November 2006


Older variants

[FDP, Switzerland] image by Marcus Schmöger, 29 November 2006

There are also two older flags of the FDP showing variants of the older logo. The logo was mainly composed of a circle of alternating red and blue colour with a white lozenge in the center; the party abbreviation "FDP" was either put in the center of the lozenge or beside the circle-lozenge.

The first flag variant shows the inscription "FDP" in the center (in black).

Sources:
http://fdp-ag.ch/platform/content/content/9510.jpg
http://www.fdp-gr.ch/bilder/s5.jpg
http://www.fdp-sh.ch/platform/content/element/17254/Bildschirme%20030.jpg
http://www.fdp-sh.ch/platform/content/element/17247/Bildschirme%20023.jpg
http://www.fdp-sh.ch/platform/content/element/17232/Bildschirme%20018.jpg

Marcus Schmöger, 29 November 2006

[FDP, Switzerland] image by Marcus Schmöger, 29 November 2006

The second flag shows the inscription "FDP" at the hoist (in blue) and the circle-lozenge device in the fly.

Sources:
http://www.fdp-gr.ch/bilder/071105_9.JPG
http://www.fdp-gr.ch/bilder/071105_6.JPG

Marcus Schmöger, 29 November 2006