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Swiss village votes to ban naked hikers

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It may be the ultimate freedom to some, but to others it is just bare-faced cheek.

And that is exactly how the residents of the picturesque canton of Appenzell Inner Rhodes in eastern Switzerland see the craze of naked rambling that has taken over their surroundings. Things have got so bad that locals have held a vote, and walkers now face a stark choice: cover up or cough up. The traditional open-air assembly in the main square in the village of Appenzell decided overwhelmingly to clamp down on the sudden influx of nudists, many of whom come from nearby Germany. Anyone caught ambling in the altogether now faces a fine of 200 Swiss francs or around 132 euros. At least one naked hiker was detained in the mountain region last summer, but could not be fined as the pastime was not illegal at the time.