The federal assembly, is switzerland's federal parliament. it meets in bern in the federal palace. the federal assembly is bicameral, being composed of the 200-seat national council and the 46-seat council of states. the houses have identical powers. members of both houses represent the cantons, but, whereas seats in the national council are distributed in proportion to population, each canton has two seats in the council of states, except the six 'half-cantons' which have one seat each.