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Swiss People's Party (SVP / UDC)

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[Flag of Switzerland] image by Marcus Schmöger, 23 October 2007
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SVP (Schweizerische Volkspartei)
UDC (Union démocratique du centre)
UDC (Unione Democratica del Centro)
UDC (Uniun Democratica dal Center)
(Swiss People's Party / Democratic Union of the Center)

This party is currently the biggest party in Switzerland having 55 seats in the 200-seat lower chamber of the Swiss Parliament (Nationalrat = National Council). Two SVP members are ministers in the federal government (Bundesrat = Federal Council). The SVP is a right-conservative party that has in the recent past based its electoral success on right-populist activism including anti- European and anti-immigration sentiments. Surprisingly, I was not able to find any trace of the use of a party flag, although I checked the federal party website as well as the cantonal websites of the party. This is in contrast to the practice of the other major parties in Switzerland, that at least sometimes are using party flags.
Marcus Schmöger, 26 November 2006

Last weekend's parliamentary elections in Switzerland (with additional votes and seats for the SVP) has also brought about some media reports. The German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung (19 Oct 2007, p. 8) has reported about the campaign, showing a photograph of a SVP rally. This time they used flags!

The older version of the logo only had the inscription of the party abbreviation (SVP and UDC) on a green field. The newer version shows a bar in two shades of green with a smiling yellow sun featuring the Swiss flag. On the green bar there is the party abbreviation in white, either in one language only or in both. The party flags used during that rally are square, white with the newer version of the logo in two languages. I don't know how frequently this flag is used, but the internet shop at the party website does not provide them. I'm not sure if the flag comes only in the two-language version or also in single-language versions.
Marcus Schmöger, 23 October 2007