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Switzerland. Canton Ticino. Corippo lies in the Verzasca valley. A catholic priest is giving host during the evening mass. With a population of just 16, Corippo is the smallest municipality in Switzerland. Despite this, it possesses the trappings of communities many times its size such as a town council which is a democratically elected form of government for small municipalities. A council may serve as both the representative and executive branch. The village has maintained its status as an independent entity since its incorporation in 1822. A host is a portion of bread used for Holy Communion in many Christian churches. In Western Christianity the host is often a thin, round unleavened wafer. 8.05.13 © 2013 Didier Ruef