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Canton of Bern

Short NameBern
Local NamesKanton Bern
Canton de Berne
Lat Deg46|lat_min=50
Lon Deg7|lon_min=37
CapitalBern
Area5959
Area Rank2nd
Population Rank2nd
Since1353
AbbrBE
LanguagesGerman, French
ExecutiveRegierungsrat, Conseil exécutif
Executive Members7
LegislativeGrosser Rat, Grand conseil
Parliament Members160
HighestFinsteraarhorn
Highest M4274
LowestAare at Wynau
Lowest M401.5
Municipalities Number388
Districts Designationdistricts
Districts Number10

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The Canton of Bern ( , ; ) is the second largest of the 26 Swiss cantons by both surface area and population. Located in west-central Switzerland, it borders the Canton of Jura and the Canton of Solothurn to the north. To the west lie the Canton of Neuchâtel, the Canton of Fribourg and Vaud. To the south lies the Valais. East of the canton of Bern lie the cantons of Uri, Nidwalden, Obwalden, Lucerne and Aargau.

The canton of Bern is bilingual and has a population (as of ) of . , the population included 119,930 (or 12.45%) foreigners. The cantonal capital, also the federal capital of Switzerland, is Bern.


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