12 Facts About Appenzell Innerrhoden


Appenzell Innerrhoden is one of the 26 cantons forming the Swiss Confederation.

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Appenzell Innerrhoden is the smallest canton of Switzerland by population and the second smallest by area.

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Appenzell Innerrhoden was part of the historical canton of Appenzell, which was divided into Appenzell Ausserrhoden and Appenzell Innerrhoden in 1597 as a result of the Swiss Reformation.

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In 1377 Appenzell Innerrhoden was allowed to join the League with the support of the cities of Konstanz and St Gallen .

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Appenzell Innerrhoden declared itself ready to stand against the abbot, and in 1403 formed an alliance with the canton of Schwyz, a member of the Old Swiss Confederation that had defeated the Austrians in the previous century.

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In 1411 Appenzell Innerrhoden signed a defensive treaty with the entire Swiss Confederation, which strengthened their position against the abbot.

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Appenzell Innerrhoden joined the Confederation as an "Associate Member", and did not become a full member until 1513.

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Appenzell Innerrhoden's preaching brought the Reformation into the forefront of public debate.

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Appenzell Innerrhoden was the last canton in Switzerland to grant women the right to vote on local issues, being forced to do so only in 1990 when two women from Appenzell filed a lawsuit in the Swiss Federal Court and won.

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In 1991, following a decision by the Federal Supreme Court of Switzerland, Appenzell Innerrhoden became the last Swiss canton to grant women the vote on local issues.

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Any resident of Appenzell Innerrhoden Inner-Rhodes allowed to vote can be elected as a member of the State Commission.

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Somewhat before the early 2000s, the idyllic countryside of Appenzell Innerrhoden apparently became popular with nudists, and at the 2009 Landsgemeinde the canton's residents voted to prohibit naked hiking.

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