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SP (Sozialdemokratische Partei der Schweiz)
PS (Parti socialiste suisse)
PS (Partito socialista svizzero)
(Social-Democratic Party of Switzerland / Swiss Socialist Party)

The Socialist Party is currently the second-biggest party in Switzerland, having 52 seats in the 200-seat lower chamber of the Swiss Parliament (Nationalrat = National Council). Two SP members are ministers in the federal government (Bundesrat = Federal Council). The party has a social democratic program.
Marcus Schmöger, 28 November 2006


German Language Flag

[Sozialdemokratische Partei, Switzerland] image by Marcus Schmöger, 28 November 2006

In the German-speaking part the logo contains a red acute accent, the party abbreviation (in black) and the party name (in black) on a white field [1]. This logo is also used, although rarely, on square flags [2].
Marcus Schmöger, 28 November 2006

[Sozialdemokratische Partei, Switzerland] image by Marcus Schmöger, 23 May 2015

Another German language flag is red, charged with a white acute accent and the party name abbreviation in black, above a long black panel with the pointed hoist end, which bears the inscription *klar. sozial* ("Clear. Social"). The flag was photographed in Zurich, on 200906-06, with the photos available at https://www.flickr.com/photos/fusion68k/3618509108/, https://www.flickr.com/photos/zeus/3621573772/ and https://www.flickr.com/photos/zeus/3620762999/.
Marcus Schmöger, 23 May 2015


French Language Flags

[FDP, Switzerland]   [prd, Switzerland] images by Marcus Schmöger, 28 November 2006

The French-speaking part uses a different logo incorporating the rose-in-the-fist [1], that is or has been used by a lot of socialist parties. I have found two variants of the flag: one being red with the rose-in-the-fist at the hoist and the inscription "Parti Socialiste" (in black) [3][4][5][6]; the other one also red with the rose-in-the-fist at the hoist and the letters "P" and "S" in the fly (in white) [7].

[1] http://www.sp-ps.ch/medien/bilblio_mediothek/download_cd/index.htm
[2] http://www.juso-aargau.ch/joomla/images/rsgallery/original/1.mai_017.jpg
[3] http://www.ps-epalinges.ch/images/Campagne_2006/PSE_006.jpg
[4] http://ps.orbe.ch/photos2006/candgroup2.jpg
[5] http://www.24heures.ch/vqhome/archives_2006/octobre06/partis_manque_de_monde.body.0001.Image.jpg
[6] http://www.ps-epalinges.ch/images/Boillat/Image001_large.jpg
[7] http://www.ps-renens.ch/photos/drapeau.jpg

Marcus Schmöger, 28 November 2006


Local flag variants

I have found several local flags of the Socialist Party:

[PS flag, Switzerland] image by Marcus Schmöger, 29 November 2006

1. The flag of the Geneva section. This is white and shows the section logo in the center. The logo consists of three red circles with (from left) a white rose-in-the-fist, the letter "p" and the letter "s"; under the circles the black inscription "les socialistes" (the socialists).
Sources:
http://www.ps-ge.ch/IMG/jpg/boillat_psgd.jpg
http://www.ps-ge.ch/IMG/jpg/boillat_psgb.jpg
http://www.ps-ge.ch/IMG/jpg/boillat_psgc.jpg
http://ps-ge.ch/IMG/photos/1ermai2006/images/_DHA0252.jpg
http://ps-ge.ch/IMG/photos/1ermai2006/images/_DHA0254.jpg
Marcus Schmöger, 28 November 2006

[SDP flag, Switzerland] image by Marcus Schmöger, 29 November 2006

2. The historical flag of the Wattenwil section (canton Bern), founded in 1913. This flag is square, red, with silver fringe, and contains several inscriptions (in white):
SOZ.DEM.PARTEI
WATTENWIL
1913
VEREINIGT SIND WIR
STARK
(SOC.DEM.PARTY
WATTENWIL
1913
UNITED WE ARE
STRONG)
Source: http://www.sp-wattenwil.ch/img/sp-fahne.jpg
Marcus Schmöger, 28 November 2006

[SDP flag, Switzerland] image by Marcus Schmöger, 29 November 2006

3. The historical flag of the Bern-Nord section. This flag is square, red, with a golden fringe. The reverse (I have no info on the obverse) shows an historical party symbol (yellow circle with yellow stylized letters "SPS" for "Sozialdemokratische Partei der Schweiz" = "Social Democratic Party of Switzerland") in the canton and the black inscription "BERN-NORD" in the bottom.
Sources:
http://www.sp-bern-nord.ch/images/aktuell/fahne_gr.jpg
http://www.sp-bern-nord.ch/images/aktuell/baldgehtslos_gr.jpg
http://www.sp-bern-nord.ch/images/aktuell/vorstandmitaltundneu_gr.jpg
Marcus Schmöger, 28 November 2006