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The Landammann (of Land and Amtmann ) is a Swiss official designation.


In some Swiss cantons the chairman of the cantonal government is named Landammann, namely in Uri , Schwyz , Nidwalden and Obwalden , Zug , Glarus , Appenzell Ausserrhoden and Innerrhoden , Solothurn and Aargau . Landammann is also the official title of the mayor of Davos . The usual female name is Frau Landammann .


Originally the Landammann (or Ammann ) was the elected judge and the head of the rural community of a self-governing region. The term existed in this form since the High Middle Ages , when it replaced the court official appointed by the authorities. The designation and function of Landammann was also common in Vorarlberg and Liechtenstein .

During the Helvetic Republic , the head of government of the centralized Helvetic Republic was 1802 Landammann called, and the restored confederation of mediation time officiated a country Ammann of Switzerland , representing the federal power over the cantons.

In the constitutional law of the cantons, which was renewed after 1815 and 1830, the title of Landammann was transferred to the President of the Cantonal Executive ( District President ) in numerous positions , namely in the then eight Landsgemeindskantons Uri, Schwyz, Obwalden, Nidwalden, Zug, Glarus, Appenzell Innerrhoden and Appenzell Ausserrhoden ( everywhere until today) as well as in the cantons of Aargau (from 1831), St. Gallen (1814 / 1831–2002), Ticino (1814–1831) and Vaud (1814–1831), created in 1803 by the mediation act , in 1841 also in original city-state of Solothurn. Until its abolition at the end of 2015, “Landammann” was also the name of the president of some Graubünden districts.

The bailiff had once administrative - and jurisdictional perform tasks. In carrying out his duties he could also issue binding and non-binding legal acts and issue police orders and prohibitions (e.g. legal messenger , official messenger ). In the course of the separation of powers that prevailed in the 19th and 20th centuries and the realization that a legal messenger is a judicial act, the Landammann had to relinquish his judicial powers to the courts almost everywhere.


Landammann Stauffacher is a historical Swiss film set at the time of the Battle of Morgarten . It was filmed in 1941 under the direction of Leopold Lindtberg with Heinrich Gretler and Anne-Marie Blanc .