VII. The Contemporary Period, 1945–2000 > B. Europe, 1945–2000 > 6. Western Europe, 1945–2000 > g. Switzerland
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(See 1940, Nov. 19)
 
g. Switzerland
 
 
1946, April 2
 
Switzerland announced its decision to stay outside the United Nations, so as not to endanger its traditional neutrality.  1
 
1947, Oct. 28
 
General elections brought no important changes in the lineup of parties. The Progressive Democrats received 51 seats, the Social Democrats 48, the Catholic Conservatives 44, and the Labor Party (Communist) 7 of the total 194 seats in the Parliament (Federal Assembly).  2
 
1950s
 
Spread of self-service stores, displacing older shops; growing consumerism.  3
 
1950, Feb
 
Switzerland embarked on a five-year plan of military preparedness and announced that it would fight to defend its neutrality.  4
 
Sept
 
The executive Federal Council (Bundesrat) expelled all Communists from government service.  5
 
 
 
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