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In the Swiss citizen system states the hometown of every Swiss citizen. This system is quite old and thus 90% of Swiss have no connection with their official hometown. But in case you should become incapable to care for yourself, it is still this hometown that has to take care of you.
Even though I was born and raised in Zurich and neither my parents nor my grandparents ever lived in Appenzell, a small rural canton in eastern Switzerland, it is still my official hometown. I had to grow to 52 years to visit the place for the first time this weekend.
Appenzell is well renewed for its still intact direct democracy in the purest sense. When a poll on any theme is in order, the people of Appenzell meet at the central square in town and vote by holding their hands aloof. It was the last canton in Switzerland to introduce the right to vote to women, it was in shockingly 1971 that the Swiss government finally overruled the men of Appenzell and introduced it in Appenzell to. So quite a scary place to end up in the end ...
On the other hand, the canton is well known for its rich rural heritage with many old customs still alive. The decorated houses seen in this picture are a landmark of Appenzell to.

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