Switzerland is not only the host of the 2021 Global Forum on Modern Direct Democracy, it is also one of the most advanced direct democracies in the world. How does it work in practice? What can we learn from the Swiss example? What can Switzerland learn from the rest of the world?


On Sunday 27 September, Switzerland heads to the polls in a nation-wide referendum. On the ballot will be questions on the acquisition of military jets, animal protection and hunting laws and paternity leave - all issues that were the subject of a citizens' initiative. We will hear from campaigners in the home-stretch towards the referendum, we will hear from administration how they prepare for a nation-wide vote and we will look at how Swiss Direct Democracy works.