Protestantism

Protestants are the second-largest religious community in Switzerland, after Catholics.

Reformation Wall in Geneva
The Reformation Wall in Geneva with the reformers Guillaume Farel, Johannes Calvin, Théodore de Bèze and John Knox. © Roland Zumbühl picswiss

24,9% of the Swiss population are Protestant. The cantons with a Protestant majority are Bern (52%), Appenzell-Ausserrhoden (40,1%) and Schaffhausen (36,2%).

Protestants value rationality and hard work, and see wealth as a reward from God, an ethos which helped lay the foundations of modern Swiss prosperity. Two of the leading figures of the Reformation in Europe in the 16th century - Ulrich Zwingli (Zurich) and Jean Calvin (Geneva) - were Swiss.

In each canton, the Protestant churches are led by a synod and a synodical council. They, together with several free churches, make up the Federation of Swiss Protestant Churches (SEK).

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