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- capital of Switzerland & of Bern canton, on the Aare River: pop. 134,000
- canton of WC Switzerland: 2,336 sq mi (6,050 sq km); pop. 944,000
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The capital of Switzerland, in the west-central part of the country on the Aare River. Founded as a military post in 1191, it became part of the Swiss Confederation in 1353 and its capital in 1848. Population: 122,000.