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Local NamesCanton du Valais
Kanton Wallis
Short NameValais
German NameWallis
Lat Deg46|lat_min=4
Lon Deg7|lon_min=36
Area Rank3rd
Population Rank9th
LanguagesFrench, German
ExecutiveConseil d'Etat, Staatsrat
Executive Members5
LegislativeGrand Council
Parliament Members130
HighestMonte Rosa
Highest M4634
LowestLake Geneva
Lowest M372
Municipalities Number143
Districts Designationdistricts, Bezirke
Districts Number13

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The Valais (-frvalɛ; , -deˈvalɪs-De-Wallis is one of the 26 cantons of Switzerland in the southwestern part of the country, around the valley of the Rhône from its headwaters to Lake Geneva, separating the Pennine Alps from the Bernese Alps. The canton is one of the drier parts of Switzerland in its central Rhône valley. Paradoxically, it is also one of most well-watered parts, having large amounts of snow and rain up on the highest peaks found in Switzerland. The canton of Valais is probably best known for the Matterhorn and ski resorts such as Zermatt or Verbier.

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