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A Dutch vegan who applied for a Swiss passport has had her application rejected because the locals found her too annoying.

Nancy Holten, 42, moved to Switzerland from the Netherlands when she was eight years old and now has children who are Swiss nationals.

However, when she tried to get a Swiss passport for herself, residents of Gipf-Oberfrick in the canton of Aargau rejected her application.

The case has now been transferred to the Cantonal government in Aargau, which can overrule the decision and can still grant her a Swiss passport despite the objections of the locals.

Local residents in Switzerland often have a say in citizenship applications, which are decided by the cantons and towns where the applicants live rather than federal government.

It is still very difficult to be granted Swiss citizenship and being born in the country does not give the children or even the grandchildren of immigrants the automatic right to be Swiss.


Apparently Switzerland is a decentralized nation that places Canton & local above the federal government in citizenship application approval. Misanthropes & annoying people need not apply. This makes for an agreeable harmonious nation; a nation of moderation and balance. Individuals that upset that balance do NOT become citizens. And it apparently works. Switzerland is the #3 nation in the world in regard to gun ownership density. Yet their murder rate is a quarter of the USA.* Their guns laws appear very similar to the US's in regard to firearms but tougher in regard to ammunition purchase.**

And all them guns & mountainous terrain & never ending guerrilla war**** kept Hitler from implementing Operation Tannenbaum***(Invasion of Switzerland)

https://www.thelocal.ch/20180102/eight-things-you-should-kno...
Cantonal and communal rules vary considerably. Each canton has different requirements (look up yours here), usually centring around how integrated you are in the community you live in. Do you have Swiss friends and work colleagues who deem you part of the community? Do you know a thing or two about the local area? Are you down with Swiss traditions, politics and history?

Local residents can have a say. Most cantons and/or communes require you to face an interview to prove your integration and knowledge of Switzerland where you could be quizzed on anything from the number of lakes in your canton to which days are public holidays and the names of local traditions and festivals. In some cases a communal residents’ committee gathers to vote on your application, so it pays to keep in with the locals


*http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/special/nation/gun-homi...
**https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gun_laws_in_Switzerland
***https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Tannenbaum
****https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/nazis/reading...
"Swiss militiamen were instructed to disregard any alleged "official" surrender as enemy propaganda and, if necessary, fight individually."

There is a martial spirit within Switzerland. For 300 years the Swiss were re-known mercenaries. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swiss_mercenaries
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