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Bern, or Berne (pop. 138,600), capital city of Switzerland and of Bern canton. It lies on the Aare River in German-speaking west-central Switzerland. It is an important commercial, industrial, and cultural center and the headquarters of some major international communications organizations. Bern was founded in 1191 and retains many old buildings.

See also: Switzerland.

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