Aellig Pentti apparently lives in "D�rflingen". The website of the canton of Schaffhausen (sh.ch) uses ISO-8859-1, you do have to check the Content-Type header and/or the respective meta tag. Not everyone uses UTF-8 in 2017, it seems.
You may also be interested in TERMDAT, maintained by the Federal Chancellery. It's a "specialist vocabulary in the Federal Administration". That should help you keep all the translations in line with what's used at a federal level, including English. They do have entries for things like "Kantonsrat", too, even though that's on a cantonal level.
Thanks for the link to Termdat. I always felt very unsecure using any of those google translations I found.
Turns out that one of Switzerland's 200 national parliamentarians lives in the same hundred-person village as me. That's neat. Especially since she's with the Greens rather than the Swiss People's Party :).
I think such projects put even more of their skin in the game. Thanks for building it! (content marketing: if you want to move here, I am a tech recruiter hunting for engineers - my e-mail is in my HN-profile)
Or on mobile. It’s a pain on many devices.
The app does not keep track of people at all. Each new parsing deletes the old data.
Thanks for the point about the executive and judical branches. That would be something interesting to add.
I started once to index all switzerland government websites with yacy. I could index admin.ch and almost all cantons easy. But some city websites did not answer if it was not "a browser" or "google" who asked for the website ;-)
Alte Gasse 70
What is the story behind this comment?
Or maybe those sites allowed him to easily download the entire registry from those sites in an insecure way, so "you did a poor job obfuscating / firewalling your data"?
Those are my two guesses.
For me it was astonishing in how many different ways the Kantons publish this data and also how horrible certain websites are. Some publish a nice simple HTML table with all data, the best ones even publish an excel file. Like this, most people at least could generate a series letter in word.
What exactly are these addresses? Work or home address? Phone numbers, are they work, home, or both?
To make a comparison, imagine a close friend wishing you Happy Birthday through email instead of calling you.
... send you an email
... send you a letter
... call you
... visit you
What will have the biggest impact/influence on a politician?
A full email-inbox: Impressive, but ignorable.
A full inbox: Impressive, creates a lot of work, even just to trash the letters.
A always ringing phone: You can either ignore the people or listen to their problems. For sure it blocks you in some way
Your home is surrounded by people: It's probably the hardest to ignore that.
Some cantons have 200K people with 150 'politicians' ???
Bureaucrats - yes - many more, surely.
But Canada has ~350 at the Fed, and maybe ~300 provincial meaning maybe ~400 for about 900 people.
This seems like a lot of managers.
Ok, so then it's worse but in the opposite direction.
How on earth does anything get down when the Federal Elected Officials have 'day jobs' and 'only meet a few times a year'?
When do the make legislation?
How do they study initiatives, have working groups?
A mid sized company takes a lot of effort to lead ... how is the country led? Basically in the hands of the professional bureaucracy?
Remember it is a public service. It demands sacrifices of personal and professional time. Much like jury duty in USA but more.
That isn't the issue - the issue is one of the practical amount of time and energy required to actually be a politician.
Full time or not full time - it's still 'public service'.
We don't have many 'part time brain surgeons' or 'part time police chiefs' ...
Politics is a profession like most others.
How on earth does the 'Minister of Finance' manage a national budget part time?
I can see a lot of fluffy ministers who don't do a lot - but most cabinet level positions (Parliamentary) and other senior legislators - there's no reason they can't or should not be full time.
"It works and provides less way for corruption and lobbying?"
+ You haven't said 'how it works' - how does a national minster of finance prepare and manage a national level budget on a 'few meetings a year'.
+ Less corruption? How? Given that 'everyone in politics also has a day job' - the lines of politics/business are considerably more blurry!
- Is the 'Minister of Finance' allowed to work in banking?
- How do politicians create taxation legislation when that could create significant conflicts of interest?
- Canadian Minister of Finance - and others - have to put their assets in 'blind trust' to avoid corruption. Can't do that if everyone has a normal day job. It has to be considerably more difficult to manage issues of conflict of interest, surely.
Switzerland is barely bigger than Toronto - so they hard hardly comparable.
Switzerland is almost a 'city state' and at that level, direct democracy is much more achievable. Many municipalities in the west also have more direct ballots - that said - they don't cover the heavy-duty things like human rights.
It's also worth noting that more than 1/3 of the world's offshore wealth sits in Switzerland, largely due to privacy and detachment from regimes that can (could) not access information - and of course stability.
This is an incredibly historical advantage that yields enormous wealth for the nation as they manage incredible amounts of passive income. Buying and trading low risk assets.
It's a lot easier when you're rich, money papers over a lot of problems.
I am not a banker but I was almost recruited by a family office in Geneva a while back.
See here https://www.eiu.com/topic/democracy-index (number 8 in the world in 2016) for instance or do your own research.
Well I'm from Canada, and we rank HIGHER than Switzerland with 'full time politicians' - as do 100% of the nations that rank higher than Switzerland - as 'proven' by the very data you provided!
So to 'be polite' - maybe you're 'talking out your ass' x2 by providing research that repudiates your own logic, and while taking smack to others on a thread?
Consider 'reading your own research' and 'not calling others names'?
I _did_ read that research, and I read others. It is _well known_ that Switzerland has one of the world's best and robust democracies. Given how other countries regularly copy what Switzerland does should be a bit of a clue. Look, I have no idea why you would make such a bogus claim, but it is just that, bogus.
“The initiative was inspired by Switzerland, which is not a member of the EU. The country has several tools of direct democracy such as the federal popular initiative (since 1848) and the optional referendum (since 1874).