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The tiny mountain village of Corippo, arranged higgledy-piggledy on the green slopes of southern Switzerland’s Verzasca valley, looks like something out of a fairytale.But here, in what is Switzerland’s smallest municipality, the citizens are facing a harsh reality.What was once a thriving farming community of around 300 people has dwindled to just 12 residents, 11 of whom are over 65. Today, the only economic activity in the town is the local osteria, a rustic restaurant.Here, in the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland, not far from Lacarno, Corippo’s slate-roofed buildings, built from local Ticino granite, have remained largely untouched for centuries — but it’s now on the verge of becoming a ghost town.

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