Landsgemeindeplatz for direct democracy, Appenzell village, Switzerland, Europe.
Landsgemeindeplatz is a rare place of direct democracy, held yearly in Appenzell village, Switzerland, Europe. As Switzerland’s most traditional canton, Appenzell Innerrhoden still publicly debates all elections and parliamentary business in the historic village square Landsgemeindeplatz with citizens voting directly by a show of hands. In this rare form of government, every year on the last Sunday in April, around 3000 eligible voters gather in the Landsgemeinde, or open-air assembly. The region is so conservative that women were not allowed to vote until 1991. Among state governments worldwide, direct democracy by citizens (without intermediaries) now only exists in the Swiss cantons of Appenzell Innerrhoden and Glarus. Sadly, Landsgemeindeplatz is parking lot the rest of the year; whereas a special traffic-free park honoring their direct parlamentary system would be more aesthetic. Appenzell Innerrhoden is Switzerland's smallest-population canton, and second smallest by area.Add to Cart Add to Lightbox Download