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Appenzell Inner Rhodes

Canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden

Flag of the canton
Area:173 km²
Appenzell Innerrhoden is a canton of Switzerland (German: Appenzell Innerrhoden; French: Appenzell Rhodes-Intérieures). It is the smallest canton in Switzerland. It is sometimes referred to as Appenzell Inner Rhodes.

Appenzell Innerrhoden is a half canton in the north east of Switzerland. Its area is 173 km². The canton was divided in 1597 for religious reasons from the former canton Appenzell, with Appenzell Ausserrhoden being the other half.

Appenzell is the capital of this canton. The constitution was established in 1872. Most of the canton is pastoral, this despite being mountainous. Cattle breeding and diary farming are the main agricultural activities.

Citizens from the canton assemble every last Sunday of April for the Landsgemeinde (general assembly) in a square in Appenzell and vote on laws and elect the Governing Council. Until a 1990 decision by the Federal Tribunal of Switzerland, women did not have the right to vote at the cantonal level in Appenzell Innerrhoden.

Population (in 2001): 15,000.

Location of the canton

The Säntis peak is one of the main atractions.


The canton is divided into what is called Bezirke (districts), rather than Gemeinden (municipalities).

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