Secretive banks, cuckoo clocks, neutrality and breath-taking scenery ... they all sound like plausible reasons for holding Switzerland in some esteem. Yet now the country's highest court has decided that local governments are within their rights to ban nude hiking in the Alps.
What is the world coming to when nude hiking is banned?! And in the Alps. It seems to me that if someone is willing to brave the potentially frigid temperatures in the buff, he or she might be more deserving of a medal (if there were anywhere to pin it) than a fine.
But apparently Switzerland has its own sense of propriety: Alpenzell, a canton that has seen an influx of naked hikers, didn't grant women the right to vote until 1990.
And you thought sharia law was tough.
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