Cantons of Switzerland

The 26 cantons of Switzerland (German: Kanton, French: canton, Italian: cantone, Romansh: chantun) are the member states of the Swiss Confederation. The nucleus of the Swiss Confederacy in the form of the first three confederate allies used to be referred to as the Waldstätte. Two further major steps in the development of the Swiss cantonal system are referred to by the terms Acht Orte ("Eight Cantons"; between 1353 and 1481) and Dreizehn Orte ("Thirteen Cantons", during 1513–1798); they were important intermediate periods of the Ancient Swiss Confederacy.[1]

Each canton, formerly also Ort (from before 1450), or Stand ("estate", from c. 1550), was a fully sovereign state with its own border controls, army, and currency from at least the Treaty of Westphalia (1648) until the establishment of the Swiss federal state in 1848; with a brief period of centralized government during the Helvetic Republic (1798–1803). With the Napoleonic period of the Helvetic Republic the term Kanton was also fully established in German-speaking region.[2]

From 1833, there were 25 cantons, increasing to 26 after the secession of the canton of Jura from Bern in 1979.[3]

The areas of the cantons vary from 37 km2 (canton of Basel-Stadt) to 7,105 km2 (canton of Grisons); the populations vary from 16,003 (canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden) to 1,487,969 (canton of Zürich).

Also known as:
  • Stand / Stände
  • état(s)
  • Stato / Stati
CategoryFederated state
LocationSwiss Confederation
Found inCountry
Created13th century
Number26 cantons (as of 1979)
Populations16,003 – 1,487,969
Areas37 km2 (14 sq mi) – 7,105 km2 (2,743 sq mi)
GovernmentList of cantonal executives of Switzerland
SubdivisionsDistricts and municipalities


The term canton, now also used as English term for administrative subdivisions of other countries, originates in French usage in the late 15th century (recorded in Fribourg in 1467),[4] from a word for "edge, corner", at the time the literal translation of Early Modern High German ort.[5] After 1490, canton was increasingly used in French and Italian documents to refer to the members of the Swiss Confederacy.[2] English use of canton in reference to the Swiss Confederacy (as opposed to the heraldic sense) dates to the early 17th century.[6]

In the Old Swiss Confederacy, the term Ort (plural: Orte) was in use from the early 15th century as a generic term for the member cantons.[2] The founding cantons specifically were also known as Waldstätte "forest settlements", "forest cantons" (singular: Waldstatt). The formulaic Stette und Waldstette for the members of the early confederacy is recorded in the mid-14th century, used interchangeably with Stett und Lender ("cities and lands", "city cantons and rural cantons") until the late 15th century.[7] Ort was increasingly replaced by Stand (plural: Stände) "estate" about 1550, a term taken to imply liberty and sovereignty. Abolished in the Helvetic Republic, the term was revived in 1815 and remains in use today.[2]

The French term canton adopted into German after 1648, and then only in occasional use until the early 19th century: prominent usage of Ort and Stand gradually disappeared in German-speaking Switzerland from the time of the Helvetic Republic. Only with the Act of Mediation of 1803 did German Kanton become an official designation, retained in the Swiss Constitution of 1848.[2]

The term Stand (French: état, Italian: stato) remains in synonymous usage and is reflected in the name of the upper chamber of the Swiss Parliament, the Council of States (German: Ständerat, French: Conseil des États, Italian: Consiglio degli Stati, Romansh: Cussegl dals Stadis).

In the modern era, since Neuchâtel ceased to be a principality in 1848, all Swiss cantons can be considered to have a republican form of government. Some cantons formally describe themselves as republics in their constitutions. This applies to the Romance-speaking cantons in particular: Geneva (formally République et canton de Genève "Republic and canton of Geneva"), Jura, Neuchâtel, Valais,[8] Vaud[9] and Ticino.[10]


Karte 13 Alte Orte
The "Thirteen-Canton Confederation" of the Old Swiss Confederacy (1513–1798)

In the 16th century, the Old Swiss Confederacy was composed of 13 sovereign confederate allies (the Thirteen Cantons; German: Die Dreizehn Alten Orte), and there were two different kinds: five rural states (German: Länder) – Uri, Schwyz (which became eponymous of the confederacy), Unterwalden, Glarus, Appenzell – and eight urban states (German: Städte) – Zürich, Bern, Luzern, Zug, Basel, Fribourg, Solothurn, Schaffhausen.

Though they were technically part of the Holy Roman Empire, they had become de facto independent when the Swiss defeated Emperor Maximillian in 1499 in Dornach.[11]

In the early modern period, the individual confederate allies came to be seen as republics; while the six traditional allies had a tradition of direct democracy in the form of the Landsgemeinde, the urban states operated via representation in city councils, de facto oligarchic systems dominated by families of the patriciate.[Note 1]

The old system was abandoned with the formation of the Helvetic Republic following the French invasion of Switzerland in 1798. The cantons of the Helvetic Republic had merely the status of an administrative subdivision with no sovereignty. The Helvetic Republic collapsed within five years, and cantonal sovereignty was restored with the Act of Mediation of 1803. The status of Switzerland as a federation of states was restored, at the time including 19 cantons (the six accessions to the early modern Thirteen Cantons being composed of former associates and subject territories: St. Gallen, Grisons, Aargau, Thurgau, Ticino, Vaud). Three additional western cantons, Valais, Neuchâtel and Geneva, acceded in 1815.

The process of "Restoration", completed by 1830, returned most of the former feudal rights to the cantonal patriciates, leading to rebellions among the rural population. The Liberal Radical Party embodied these democratic forces calling for a new federal constitution. This tension, paired with religious issues ("Jesuit question") escalated into armed conflict in the 1840s, with the brief Sonderbund War. The victory of the radical party resulted in the formation of Switzerland as a federal state in 1848. The cantons retained far-reaching sovereignty, but were no longer allowed to maintain individual standing armies or international relations. As the revolutions of 1848 in Western Europe had failed elsewhere, Switzerland during the later 19th century (and with the exception of the French Third Republic, until the end of World War I) found itself as an isolated democratic republic, surrounded by the restored monarchies of France, Italy, Austria-Hungary and Germany.

Constitutions and powers

Bundeshauskuppel Standesscheiben
The 22 cantonal coats of arms (all but Jura, with the half-cantons represented jointly) in stained glass set in the dome of the Federal Palace of Switzerland (c. 1900)

The Swiss Federal Constitution[12] declares the cantons to be sovereign to the extent that their sovereignty is not limited by federal law.[13] Areas specifically reserved to the Confederation are the armed forces, currency, the postal service, telecommunications, immigration into and emigration from the country, granting asylum, conducting foreign relations with sovereign states, civil and criminal law, weights and measures, and customs duties.

Each canton has its own constitution, legislature, executive, police and courts.[13] Similar to the Confederation, a directorial system of government is followed by the cantons.

Most of the cantons' legislatures are unicameral parliaments, their size varying between 58 and 200 seats. A few legislatures also involve or did involve general popular assemblies known as Landsgemeinden; the use of this form of legislature has declined: at present it exists only in the cantons of Appenzell Innerrhoden and Glarus. The cantonal executives consist of either five or seven members, depending on the canton.[14] For the names of the institutions, see the list of cantonal executives and list of cantonal legislatures.

The cantons retain all powers and competencies not delegated to the Confederation by the federal constitution or law: most significantly the cantons are responsible for healthcare, welfare, law enforcement, public education, and also the power of taxation. Each canton defines its official language(s). Cantons may conclude treaties not only with other cantons but also with foreign states (respectively Articles 48 and 56 of the Federal Constitution).

The cantonal constitutions determine the internal organisation of the canton, including the degree of autonomy accorded to the municipalities, which varies but almost always includes the power to levy taxes and pass municipal laws; some municipalities have their own police forces.

As at the federal level, all cantons provide for some form of direct democracy. Citizens may demand a popular vote to amend the cantonal constitution or laws, or to veto laws or spending bills passed by the parliament. Other than in the instances of general popular assemblies in Appenzell Innerrhoden and Glarus, democratic rights are exercised by secret ballot. The right of foreigners to vote varies by canton, as does whether Swiss citizens living abroad (and registered to vote in a canton) can take part in cantonal voting.

Swiss citizens are citizens of a particular municipality (the place of origin) and the canton in which that municipality is part. Cantons therefore have a role in and set requirements for the granting of citizenship (naturalisation), though the process is typically undertaken at a municipal level and is subject to federal law.

Switzerland has only one federal public holiday (1 August); public holidays otherwise vary from canton to canton.


The cantons are listed in their order of precedence given in the federal constitution.[Note 2] This reflects the historical order of precedence of the Eight Cantons in the 15th century, followed by the remaining cantons in the order of their historical accession to the confederacy.[15]

Arms[16] Code Canton of Since Capital Population
[Note 3]
GDP per
capita (2014)[17]
in CHF
Area (km2) Density
(per km2)[Note 4]
No. munic. (2018)[18] Official languages
Coat of arms of Zürich ZH Zürich 1351 Zürich 1,504,346[19] 96,411 1,729 701 166 German
Coat of arms of Bern BE Bern 1353 Bern 1,031,126[19] 76,307 5,960 158 347 German, French
Coat of arms of Luzern LU Luzern 1332 Lucerne 406,506[19] 65,119 1,494 233 83 German
Coat of arms of Uri UR Uri 1291[Note 5] Altdorf 36,299[19] 51,332 1,077 33 20 German
Coat of arms of Schwyz SZ Schwyz 1291[Note 5] Schwyz 157,301[19] 58,788 908 143 30 German
Coat of arms of Obwalden OW Obwalden 1291[Note 5] or 1315 (as part of Unterwalden) Sarnen 37,575[19] 64,253 491 66 7 German
Coat of arms of Nidwalden NW Nidwalden 1291[Note 5] (as Unterwalden) Stans 42,969[19] 69,559 276 138 11 German
Coat of arms of Glarus GL Glarus 1352 Glarus 40,349[19] 67,379 685 51 3 German
Coat of arms of Zug ZG Zug 1352 Zug 125,421[19] 150,613 239 416 11 German
Coat of arms of Fribourg FR Fribourg 1481 Fribourg 315,074[19] 58,369 1,671 141 136 French, German
Coat of arms of Solothurn SO Solothurn 1481 Solothurn 271,432[19] 65,588 790 308 109 German
Coat of arms of Basel-City BS Basel-Stadt 1501 (as Basel until 1833/1999) Basel 199,950[20] 163,632 37 5,072 3 German
Coat of arms of Basel-Country BL Basel-Landschaft 1501 (as Basel until 1833/1999) Liestal 288,660[21] 68,537 518 502 86 German
Coat of arms of Schaffhausen SH Schaffhausen 1501 Schaffhausen 81,351[19] 85,529 298 246 26 German
Coat of arms of Appenzell Ausserrhoden AR Appenzell Ausserrhoden 1513 (as Appenzell until 1597/1999) Herisau[Note 6] 55,178[19] 56,663 243 220 20 German
Coat of arms of Appenzell Innerrhoden AI Appenzell Innerrhoden 1513 (as Appenzell until 1597/1999) Appenzell 16,105[19] 61,067 172 87 6 German
Coat of arms of St. Gallen SG St. Gallen 1803[Note 7] St. Gallen 504,686[19] 72,624 2,031 222 77 German
Coat of arms of Graubünden GR Grisons 1803[Note 8] Chur 197,888[19] 70,968 7,105 26 108 German, Romansh, Italian
Coat of arms of Aargau AG Aargau 1803[Note 9] Aarau 670,988[19] 61,959 1,404 388 212 German
Coat of arms of Thurgau TG Thurgau 1803[Note 10] Frauenfeld[Note 11] 273,801[19] 60,533 992 229 80 German
Coat of arms of Ticino TI Ticino 1803[Note 12] Bellinzona 353,709[19] 82,438 2,812 110 115 Italian
Coat of arms of Vaud VD Vaud 1803[Note 13] Lausanne 793,129[19] 68,084 3,212 188 309 French
Coat of arms of Valais VS Valais 1815[Note 14] Sion 341,463[19] 52,532 5,224 53 126 French, German
Coat of arms of Neuchâtel NE Neuchâtel 1815/1857[Note 15] Neuchâtel 177,964[19] 83,835 802 206 31 French
Coat of arms of Geneva GE Geneva 1815 Geneva 495,249[19] 102,113 282 1,442 45 French
Coat of arms of Jura JU Jura 1979[Note 16] Delémont 73,290[19] 64,606 839 82 55 French
Coat of arms of Switzerland CH Switzerland Bern 8,484,130[19] 78,619 41,291 174 2,222 German, French, Italian, Romansh

The two-letter abbreviations for Swiss cantons are widely used, e.g. on car license plates. They are also used in the ISO 3166-2 codes of Switzerland with the prefix "CH-" (Confœderatio Helvetica—Helvetian Confederation—Helvetia having been the ancient Roman name of the region). CH-SZ, for example, is used for the canton of Schwyz.


Six of the 26 cantons are traditionally, but no longer officially, called "half-cantons" (German: Halbkanton, French: demi-canton, Italian: semicantone, Romansh: mez-chantun). In two instances (Basel and Appenzell) this was a consequence of a historic division, whilst in the case of Unterwalden a historic mutual association, resulting in three pairs of half-cantons. The other 20 cantons were — and in some instances still are[22] — though only in a context where it is needed to distinguish them from any half-cantons, typically termed "full" cantons in English.[23]

The historic half-cantons, and their pairings, are still recognizable in the first article of the Swiss Federal Constitution of 1999 by being joined to their other "half" with the conjunction "and":

The People and the cantons of Zürich, Bern, Lucerne, Uri, Schwyz, Obwalden and Nidwalden, Glarus, Zug, Fribourg, Solothurn, Basel-Stadt and Basel-Landschaft, Schaffhausen, Appenzell Ausserrhoden and Appenzell Innerrhoden, St. Gallen, Graubünden, Aargau, Thurgau, Ticino, Vaud, Valais, Neuchâtel, Geneva, and Jura form the Swiss Confederation.

— Article 1 of the Federal Constitution of the Swiss Confederation[24]

In contrast, the first article of the 1848 and 1874 constitutions constituted the Confederation as the union of "twenty-two sovereign cantons",[Note 17] referring to the half-cantons as "Unterwalden (ob und nid dem Wald [‘above and beneath the woods’])", "Basel (Stadt und Landschaft [‘city and country’])" and "Appenzell (beider Rhoden [‘both Rhoden’])".[25] The 1999 constitutional revision retained this distinction, on the request of the six cantonal governments, as a way to mark the historic association of the half-cantons to each other.[26] While the older constitutions referred to these states as "half-cantons", a term that remains in popular use, the 1999 revision and official terminology since then use the appellation "cantons with half of a cantonal vote".[27]

Karikatur Teilung Basels
Caricature of the division of Basel, 1833

The reasons for the existence of the three pairs of half-cantons are varied:

With their original circumstances of partition now a historical matter, the half-cantons are since 1848 equal to the other cantons in all but two respects:[31]

  • They elect only one member of the Council of States instead of two (Cst. art. 150 par. 2). This means there are a total of 46 seats in the council.
  • In popular referendums about constitutional amendments, which require for adoption a national popular majority as well as the assent of a majority of the cantons (Ständemehr / majorité des cantons), the result of the half-cantons' popular vote counts only one half of that of the other cantons (Cst. arts. 140, 142). This means that for purposes of a constitutional referendum, at least 12 out of a total of 23 cantonal popular votes must support the amendment.[32]

Between 1831 and 1833 the canton of Schwyz divided into half-cantons: (Inner) Schwyz and the break-away Outer Schwyz; in this instance the half-cantons were forced by the Confederation to settle their disputes and re-unite.

In the 20th century, some Jurassic separatists suggested a new canton of Jura to be divided into half-cantons of North Jura and South Jura.[33] Instead, North Jura became the (full) canton of Jura while South Jura remains in the canton of Bern as the region of Bernese Jura.

Names in national languages

The name of each canton in its own official language is shown in bold.

Abbr English[Note 18] German French Italian Romansh
AG Aargau; Argovia Aargau  Argovie Argovia Argovia
AI Appenzell Innerrhoden; Appenzell Inner-Rhodes Appenzell Innerrhoden  Appenzell Rhodes-Intérieures Appenzello Interno Appenzell dadens
AR Appenzell Ausserrhoden; Appenzell Outer-Rhodes Appenzell Ausserrhoden  Appenzell Rhodes-Extérieures Appenzello Esterno Appenzell dador
BS Basel-Stadt; Basle-City Basel-Stadt  Bâle-Ville Basilea Città Basilea-Citad
BL Basel-Landschaft; Basle-Country Basel-Landschaft  Bâle-Campagne Basilea Campagna Basilea-Champagna
BE Bern; Berne Bern  Berne Berna Berna
FR Fribourg; Friburg Freiburg  Fribourg Friburgo Friburg
GE Geneva Genf  Genève Ginevra Genevra
GL Glarus; Glaris Glarus  Glaris Glarona Glaruna
GR Graubünden; Grisons Graubünden  Grisons Grigioni Grischun
JU Jura Jura  Jura Giura Giura
LU Lucerne Luzern  Lucerne Lucerna Lucerna
NE Neuchâtel Neuenburg  Neuchâtel Neuchâtel Neuchâtel
NW Nidwalden; Nidwald Nidwalden  Nidwald Nidvaldo Sutsilvania
OW Obwalden; Obwald Obwalden  Obwald Obvaldo Sursilvania
SH Schaffhausen; Schaffhouse Schaffhausen  Schaffhouse Sciaffusa Schaffusa
SZ Schwyz Schwyz  Schwyz (or Schwytz) Svitto Sviz
SO Solothurn; Soleure Solothurn  Soleure Soletta Soloturn
SG St. Gallen; St Gall St. Gallen  Saint-Gall San Gallo Son Gagl
TG Thurgau; Thurgovia Thurgau  Thurgovie Turgovia Turgovia
TI Ticino; Tessin Tessin  Tessin Ticino Tessin
UR Uri Uri  Uri Uri Uri
VS Valais; Wallis Wallis  Valais Vallese Vallais
VD Vaud Waadt  Vaud Vaud Vad
ZG Zug; Zoug Zug  Zoug Zugo Zug
ZH Zürich; Zurich Zürich  Zurich Zurigo Turitg

Admission of new cantons

The enlargement of Switzerland by way of the admission of new cantons ended in 1815. The latest formal attempt considered by Switzerland was of Vorarlberg in 1919 but subsequently rejected. A few representatives submitted in 2010 a parliamentary motion to consider enlargement although it was widely seen as anti-EU rhetoric rather than a serious proposal.[34] The motion was eventually dropped and not even examined by the parliament.[35]

See also

Notes and references


  1. ^ Zug was the exception in this, in being an urban state and still holding a Landsgemeinde. Jackson Spielvogel, Western Civilization: Volume I: To 1715, (Cengage 2008), p. 386
  2. ^ This is the order generally used in Swiss official documents. At the head of the list are the three city cantons that were considered preeminent in the Old Swiss Confederacy; the other cantons are listed in order of accession to the Confederation. This traditional order of precedence among the cantons has no practical relevance in the modern federal state, in which the cantons are equal to one another, although it still determines formal precedence among the cantons' officials (see Swiss order of precedence).
  3. ^ See references for dates
  4. ^ Per km2, based on 2000 population
  5. ^ a b c d founding forest-canton, foundation date traditionally given as either 1307, 1304 or 1291 (see Foundation of the Old Swiss Confederacy).
  6. ^ Seat of government and parliament is Herisau, the seat of the judicial authorities is Trogen
  7. ^ Act of Mediation; formed out of the Canton of Säntis and the northern half of the Canton of Linth.
  8. ^ Act of Mediation; formerly the Canton of Raetia, comprising the earlier Three Leagues.
  9. ^ Act of Mediation; created from the 1798-invented cantons of Aargau (previously land controlled by Bern) and Baden (previously a Swiss condominium), together with Fricktal (before 1802 not Swiss territory).
  10. ^ Act of Mediation; coterminous with the canton of Thurgau of the Helvetic Republic (1798), formerly a condominium.
  11. ^ Seat of parliament half-yearly alternates between Frauenfeld and Weinfelden
  12. ^ Act of Mediation; combining the former cantons of Bellinzona and Lugano; see Ennetbirgische Vogteien.
  13. ^ Act of Mediation, formerly Canton of Léman.
  14. ^ Restoration, formerly the Simplon département
  15. ^ claimed by Frederick William III of Prussia until the Neuchâtel Crisis of 1856–1857.
  16. ^ seceded from Berne
  17. ^ Twenty-three after the creation of the Canton of Jura in 1978.
  18. ^ The most commonly used forms in English are mostly adopted from either French or German; in some cases, there may have been a historical shift in preference, e.g. from the French form Berne to the German form Bern; in individual cases, the Latin form may be current, certainly in the case of Geneva and arguably for Argovia, Thurgovia. Actual anglicized forms have been used, for example Basle.


  1. ^ rendered "the 'confederacy of eight'" and "the 'Thirteen-Canton Confederation'", respectively, in: "Chronology" (official site). Berne, Switzerland: The Swiss Federal Administration. Retrieved 2018-06-24.
  2. ^ a b c d e Andreas Kley: Kantone in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland, 2016-04-13. "Die Bündnispartner der frühen Eidgenossenschaft wurden im 14. Jh. meist als Städte und Länder, ab der 1. Hälfte des 15. Jh. immer mehr als Orte bezeichnet."
  3. ^ François Schifferdecker, François Kohler: Jura (canton) in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland, 2015-07-20.
  4. ^ Comptes Trés. 129, Archives nat. ds Pat. Suisse rom., cited after TFLi.
  5. ^ "So werden die Cantons der Schweizer daselbst nur Orte, oder Ortschaften genannt. Das gleichbedeutende Canton stammet auf ähnliche Art von Kante, Ecke, ab, wie Ort von Ort, Ecke." Johann Christoph Adelung, Grammatisch-kritisches Wörterbuch der Hochdeutschen Mundart (1774–1786), s.v. "Der Ort". Old French canton "corner, angle" is a loan from Occitan, first recorded in the 13th century, in Occitan adopted from North Italian cantone, where the sense "portion of territory" alongside "edge, corner" developed from by the early 11th century (TFLi).
  6. ^ "1530s, 'corner, angle,' [...] From 1570s as a term in heraldry and flag descriptions. From c. 1600 as 'a subdivision of a country;' applied to the sovereign states of the Swiss republic from 1610s."
  7. ^ Josef Wiget: Waldstätte in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland, 2014-12-27.
  8. ^ Constitution du Canton du Valais: "Le Valais est une république démocratique, souveraine […] incorporée comme Canton à la Confédération suisse."
  9. ^ Constitution du canton de Vaud: "Le Canton de Vaud est une république démocratique [… qui] est l'un des États de la Confédération suisse."
  10. ^ "Costituzione della Repubblica e Cantone del Ticino, del 4 luglio 1830" (in Italian). Swiss Federal Council. Le canton du Tessin est une république démocratique [… qui] est membre de la Confédération suisse et sa souveraineté n'est limitée que par la constitution fédérale."
  11. ^ "Switzerland". Encyclopædia Britannica. 26. 1911. p. 251. Retrieved 11 November 2008.
  12. ^ Official and updated Swiss Federal Constitution (English)
  13. ^ a b Cantons, In the Federal State since 1848 in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland.
  14. ^ Swiss Government website Archived 19 December 2008 at the Wayback Machine. with links to each cantonal government, accessed 11 November 2008
  15. ^ "Regional Portraits: Cantons". Neuchâtel, Switzerland: Swiss Federal Statistical Office. 2011. Archived from the original on 30 April 2009. Retrieved 21 December 2015.
  16. ^ Cantonal coats of arms shown with cantonal heraldic colors (Standesfarben). Standesfarben were used to identify the (historical) cantons when the full banner was not available for display, although there is overlap; Unterwalden and Solothurn share the same colours, as do Basel and Appenzell, and with the accession of the modern cantons, Valais and Basel-City, and St. Gallen and Thurgau. Louis, Mühlemann, Wappen und Fahnen der Schweiz, 700 Jahre Confoederatio Helvetica, Lengnau, 3rd ed. 1991. Swiss Armed Forces, Fahnenreglement, Reglement 51.340 d (2007).[1]
  17. ^ Office, Federal Statistical. "Cantonal gross domestic product (GDP) per capita". Retrieved 2017-08-22.
  18. ^ Swiss Federal Statistical Office. "Gemeinden - Suche | Applikation der Schweizer Gemeinden". (in German). Retrieved 22 October 2018.
  19. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y Swiss Federal Statistical Office - STAT-TAB, online database – Ständige und nichtständige Wohnbevölkerung nach institutionellen Gliederungen, Geburtsort und Staatsangehörigkeit (in German) accessed 17 September 2018
  20. ^ Canton of Basel-Stadt Statistics, MS Excel document – T01.0.01 - Bevölkerungsstand 31 Aug 2018 numbers (in German) accessed 17 October 2018
  21. ^ Canton of Basel-Land Statistics, Wohnbevölkerung nach Nationalität und Konfession per 30. Juni 2018 (in German) accessed 18 September 2018
  22. ^ Welcome to the canton of Zug Official document published by the canton of Zug government (PDF)
  23. ^ Bhagwan and Bhushan" (2009) World Constitutions - A Comparative Study - Ninth Edition (page 311)
  24. ^ Federal Constitution of the Swiss Confederation of 18 April 1999, SR/RS 101 (E·D·F·I), art. 1 (E·D·F·I)
  25. ^ Bundesverfassung der Schweizerischen Eidgenossenschaft vom 29. Mai 1874, Bundesverfassung der Schweizerischen Eidgenossenschaft vom 12. September 1848 (in German); author's translation.
  26. ^ Felix Hafner / Rainer J. Schweizer in Ehrenzeller, Art. 1 N 2; Häfelin, N 966.
  27. ^ Felix Hafner / Rainer J. Schweizer in Ehrenzeller, Art. 1 N 10; Häfelin, N 963
  28. ^ Pacte fédéral du 1er Archived 30 August 2009 at the Wayback Machine. août 1291] sur "vallée inférieure d'Unterwald" signifie Nidwald.
  29. ^ Pacte fédéral du 1er août 1291 Archived 27 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine. sur Cliotexte
  30. ^ Réforme catholique, Contre-Réforme et scission Article du dictionnaire historique de la Suisse
  31. ^ Häfelin, N 963, 967
  32. ^ Häfelin, N 950
  33. ^ Bassand, Michel (1975). "The Jura Problem". Journal of Peace Research. Sage Publications. 12 (2: Peace Research in Switzerland): 139–150: 142. doi:10.1177/002234337501200206. JSTOR 423158. (Subscription required (help)).
  34. ^ Renz, Fabian (2010-06-11). "SVP will der Schweiz Nachbargebiete einverleiben". Tages-Anzeiger. Retrieved 2017-07-11.
  35. ^ Baettig, Dominique (2010-03-18). "Pour une intégration facilitée de régions limitrophes en qualité de nouveaux cantons suisses". The Federal Assembly — The Swiss Parliament. Retrieved 2017-07-11. L'intervention est classée, l'auteur ayant quitté le conseil


  • Bernhard Ehrenzeller, Philipp Mastronardi, Rainer J. Schweizer, Klaus A. Vallender (eds.) (2002). Die schweizerische Bundesverfassung, Kommentar (in German). ISBN 3-905455-70-6.. Cited as Ehrenzeller.
  • Häfelin, Ulrich; Haller, Walter; Keller, Helen (2008). Schweizerisches Bundesstaatsrecht (in German) (7th ed.). Zürich: Schulthess. ISBN 978-3-7255-5472-0. Cited as Häfelin.

External links

  • – The cantons of Switzerland
  • – Maps of the Cantons of Switzerland
  • GeoPuzzle – Assemble cantons on a Swiss map
  • Badac – Database on Swiss cantons and cities (in French) (in German)
Canton of Baden

The Canton of Baden (German: Kanton Baden) was a canton of the Helvetic Republic (a Napoleonic-era precursor of modern-day Switzerland). Its capital was the town of Baden.

Canton of Basel-Landschaft

The canton of Basel-Landschaft (German: Kanton Basel-Landschaft , English: canton of Basel-Country, French: canton de Bâle-Campagne, Italian: Cantone di Basilea Campagna; informally: Baselland, Baselbiet), is one of the 26 cantons of Switzerland. The capital is Liestal. It shares borders with the Swiss cantons of Basel-Stadt, Solothurn, Jura and Aargau, and with the French région of Grand Est and the German state of Baden-Württemberg.

Canton of Basel-Stadt

The canton of Basel-Stadt (German: Kanton Basel-Stadt , English: canton of Basel-City, French: canton de Bâle-Ville, Italian: Cantone di Basilea Città) is one of the 26 cantons of Switzerland, and the smallest of the cantons by area. The city of Basel and the municipalities of Bettingen and Riehen form its territory.

Canton of Fribourg

The canton of Fribourg, also canton of Friburg (French: canton de Fribourg, German: Kanton Freiburg ) is located in western Switzerland. The canton is bilingual, with French spoken by two thirds of the citizens and German by about one third. Both are official languages in the canton, but it is generally considered part of the French-speaking region of Romandy. The canton takes its name from its capital city of Fribourg.

Canton of Glarus

The canton of Glarus, also canton of Glaris (German: Kanton Glarus ˈɡlarʊs ) is a canton in east central Switzerland. The capital is Glarus.

The population speaks a variety of Alemannic German.

The majority of the population (81%) identifies as Christian, about evenly split between the Protestant and Catholic denominations.

Canton of Jura

The Republic and Canton of the Jura (French: République et canton du Jura), also known as the canton of Jura or canton Jura, is the newest (founded in 1979) of the 26 Swiss cantons, located in the northwestern part of Switzerland. The capital is Delémont. It shares borders with the canton of Basel-Landschaft, the canton of Bern, the canton of Neuchatel, the canton of Solothurn, and the French régions of Bourgogne-Franche-Comté and Grand Est.

Canton of Linth

Linth was a canton of the Helvetic Republic from 1798 to 1803, consisting of Glarus and its subject County of Werdenberg, the Höfe and March districts of Schwyz and the Züricher subject Lordship of Sax, along with a handful of shared territories.

Canton of Oberland

Oberland (German for Highlands) was the name of a canton of the Helvetic Republic (1798–1803), corresponding to the area of the Bernese Oberland, with its capital at Thun.

Canton of Solothurn

The canton of Solothurn, also canton of Soleure (German: Kanton Solothurn ) is a canton of Switzerland. It is located in the northwest of Switzerland. The capital is Solothurn.

Canton of Thurgau

The canton of Thurgau (German: Thurgau , anglicized as Thurgovia) is a northeast canton of Switzerland.

It is named for the river Thur, and the name Thurgovia was historically used for a larger area, including part of this river's basin upstream of the modern canton. The area of what is now Thurgau was acquired as subject territories by the cantons of the Old Swiss Confederacy from the mid 15th century. Thurgau was first declared a canton in its own right at the formation of the Helvetic Republic in 1798.

The population, as of December 2017, is 273,801. In 2007, there were a total of 47,390 (or 19.9% of the population) who were resident foreigners. The capital is Frauenfeld.

Canton of Valais

The canton of Valais (French pronunciation: ​[valɛ]; Italian: Canton Vallese; German: Kanton Wallis, German pronunciation: [ˈvalɪs] (listen)) is one of the 26 cantons of Switzerland, situated 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 simultaneously one of the driest regions of Switzerland in its central Rhône valley and among the wettest, having large amounts of snow and rain up on the highest peaks found in Switzerland. The canton of Valais is widely known for the Matterhorn and resort towns such as Crans-Montana, Saas Fee, Verbier and Zermatt. It is composed of 13 districts (hence the 13 stars on the flag) and its capital is Sion.

Canton of Waldstätten

Waldstätten was a canton of the Helvetic Republic from 1798 to 1803, combining the territories of the founding cantons of the Old Swiss Confederacy, Uri (without the Leventina but with the Urseren), Schwyz (without March and Höfe) and both cantons of Unterwalden, which were collectively known as Waldstätten (German for forested settlements) since the 14th century, along with Zug, the Republic of Gersau, and Engelberg Abbey.

The rearrangement of the cantonal borders of the Helvetic Republic was not well received by the population of the inner forest cantons of Switzerland. The political influence of these cantons was also significantly reduced; instead of 16 seats in the Tagsatzung — for the cantons of Zug (with the Freie Ämter and Baden), Schwyz (without March but with Gersau), Unterwalden (Obwalden, Nidwalden and Engelberg) and Uri (without the Leventina but with the Urseren) — Waldstätten benefited from only four representatives.

Both the Malmaison Constitution and the Second Helvetic Constitution of 1802 proposed the repartition of Waldstätten, though this did not take effect until Napoleon's Act of Mediation in 1803.

Canton of Zug

The canton of Zug (also English: canton of Zoug; German: Kanton German pronunciation: [tsuːɡ] (listen)) is one of the 26 cantons of Switzerland. It is located in central Switzerland and its capital is Zug. At 239 km2 the canton is one of the smallest of the Swiss cantons in terms of area. It is not subdivided into districts, but eleven municipalities.

Flags and arms of cantons of Switzerland

Each of the 26 modern cantons of Switzerland has an official flag and a coat of arms.

The history of development of these designs spans the 13th to the 20th centuries.

List of Swiss cantons by elevation

The following list is a comparison of elevation absolutes in Switzerland. Data includes interval measures of highest and lowest elevation for all 26 cantons, with coordinates of the highest. Location names, mean elevation, and the numeric differences between high and low elevations are also provided.

Most of the 25 canton high points are located in the Swiss Alps. Other (with lower altitude), are located in the Jura Mountains. The 14 lower summits (up to the Säntis) are within the hiking trail network. The ascent of the 11 higher summits involves rock climbing or glacier touring.

List of cantonal executives of Switzerland

This article lists the cantonal executives of Switzerland. Each canton of Switzerland has its own executive body, as well as legislative body. The Federal Council is the executive of the Swiss federal government, and is included for purposes of comparison.

The cantonal executives are collegial bodies, each with 5 or 7 members. They are generally called Regierungsrat (Executive Council) in German-speaking cantons and Conseil d'État (State Council) in French-speaking cantons.

The below list is up to date as of 29 May 2010.

Lists of highest points

A list of highest points typically contains the name, elevation, and location of the highest point in each of a set of geographical regions. Such a list is important in the sport of highpointing. A partial list of highpoint lists is below:

List of 100 highest peaks above mean sea level

List of highest points on each continent

Summits farthest from the Earth's center

List of countries by highest point

List of highest points of European countries

Table of elevation extremes by country

List of highest towns by country

List of highest railway stations in the world

List of highest cities in the worldIntra-country listsList of Brazilian states by highest point

List of highest points of Canadian provinces and territories

List of Indian states and territories by highest point

List of Irish counties by highest point

List of highest points of the cantons of Switzerland

List of highest points in the United Kingdom

List of English counties by highest point

List of counties of England and Wales in 1964 by highest point

List of Scottish counties by highest point

List of U.S. states by elevation (highest point in each U.S. state)

List of highest points in California by county

List of Colorado county high points

List of Florida's highest points

List of highest points in Oregon by county

List of highest points in Nevada by county

List of highest points in Washington by county

List of U.S. National Parks by elevation

List of highest United States cities by state

Subdivisions of Switzerland

The Swiss Confederation comprises the 26 cantons of Switzerland.

Each canton has its individual structure for further subdivisions.

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