Pirate Party Switzerland
German namePiratenpartei Schweiz (PPS)
French nameParti Pirate Suisse (PPS)
Italian namePartito Pirata Svizzera (PPS)
Romansh namePartida da Pirats Svizra (PPS)
PresidentGuillaume Saouli, Stefan Thöni
Founded12 July 2009[1]
HeadquartersPiratenpartei Schweiz, 3000 Bern
IdeologyPirate politics
Freedom of Information
European affiliationEuropean Pirate Party
International affiliationPirate Parties International
Colours  Orange

Swiss Federal Council
Federal Chancellor
Federal Assembly
Council of States (members)
National Council (members)

The Pirate Party Switzerland (German: Piratenpartei Schweiz, French: Parti Pirate Suisse, Italian: Partito Pirata Svizzera, Romansh: Partida da Pirats Svizra) is a political party in Switzerland, based on the model of the Swedish Pirate Party.[3] The party was founded on 12 July 2009, in Zürich, by about 150 people.[4][5] By the end of February 2012, the PPS had around about 1,800 members.[6]

The first election success happened on 7 March 2010, when Marc Wäckerlin was elected to the Winterthur city council.[7]

Patrick Mächler of the PPS was head member of Pirate Parties International (PPI) from July 2009 to February 2010,[8] the umbrella organisation of the international Pirate Party movement.[9]

On 13 March 2011, the party achieved 0.8% of the votes in a local election in Lausanne. On 3 April, they obtained 0.56% of the vote in a regional election in Zurich.[10] In the federal elections of October 2011, the party failed to win a seat, gathering 0.48% of the popular vote (11,616 votes). On 23 September 2012, PPS member Alex Arnold was elected as part-time mayor of Eichberg.[11][12]

Change in number of members


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  2. ^ "Wahlprogramm für die Nationalratswahlen 2015 | Piratenpartei Schweiz". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2019-04-13.
  3. ^ Knobel, Reto (2009-07-06). "Die Bausteine für den Überwachungsstaat sind gelegt". Tages-Anzeiger-Online (in German). Tamedia AG. Retrieved 2012-04-16.
  4. ^ "Piratenpartei Schweiz gegründet". NZZ Online (in German). Neue Zürcher Zeitung. 2009-07-12. Retrieved 2012-04-16.
  5. ^ "Piratpartiet får efterföljare". Svenska Dagbladet (in Swedish). 12 July 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-15.
  6. ^ "Statistics". Pirate Party Switzerland. Archived from the original on 2013-01-26. Retrieved 2012-04-16.
  7. ^ "Grünliberale und Piratenpartei gewinnen in Winterthur". Tages-Anzeiger-Online (in German). Tamedia AG. 2010-03-08. Retrieved 2012-04-16.
  8. ^ Patrick Mächler steps down - Jerry Weyer Steps up! Archived 2015-07-16 at the Wayback Machine, PPI, 2 March 2010
  9. ^ About PPI, Pirate Party International.
  10. ^ "PPI wiki". Archived from the original on 2018-01-08. Retrieved 2011-05-31.
  11. ^ Erster Pirate wird Gemeindepräsident (First Pirate to become mayor) (in German)
  12. ^ Nordenfur, Anton. Pirate Times: "Alex Arnold Becomes the First Elected Pirate Mayor!" (2012-09-24)