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The city of Bern
(German: [bɛrn] ( listen)) or Berne (French: [bɛʁn]; Italian: Berna [ˈbɛrna]; Romansh: Berna  [ˈbɛrnɐ]; Bernese German: Bärn [b̥æːrn]) is the de facto capital of Switzerland, referred to by the Swiss as their (e.g. in German) Bundesstadt, or "federal city".[3][note 1] With a population of 142,656 (March 2018), Bern
is the fourth-most populous city[citation needed] in Switzerland.[4] The Bern
agglomeration, which includes 36 municipalities, had a population of 406,900 in 2014.[5] The metropolitan area had a population of 660,000 in 2000.[6] Bern
is also the capital of the canton of Bern, the second-most populous of Switzerland's cantons. The official language in Bern
is (the Swiss variety of Standard) German, but the most-spoken language is an Alemannic Swiss German dialect, Bernese German. In 1983, the historic old town (in German: Innere Stadt) in the centre of Bern
became a UNESCO
World Heritage Site. Bern
is ranked among the world’s top ten cities for the best quality of life (2010).[7]


1 Etymology 2 History

2.1 Early history 2.2 Old Swiss Confederacy 2.3 Modern history

3 Geography and climate

3.1 Topography 3.2 Climate

4 Politics

4.1 Subdivisions 4.2 Government 4.3 Parliament 4.4 National elections

4.4.1 National Council

4.5 International relations

4.5.1 Twin and sister cities

5 Demographics

5.1 Population 5.2 Historic population 5.3 Religion

6 Main sights

6.1 Heritage sites of national significance

7 Culture

7.1 Theatres 7.2 Cinemas 7.3 Film festivals 7.4 Festivals 7.5 Fairs

8 Sport 9 Economy 10 Education 11 Transportation 12 Notable people 13 See also 14 Notes and references

14.1 Notes 14.2 References

15 External links

Etymology[edit] See also Other names of Bern The etymology of the name "Bern" is uncertain. According to the local legend, based on folk etymology, Berchtold V, Duke of Zähringen, the founder of the city of Bern, vowed to name the city after the first animal he met on the hunt, and this turned out to be a bear. It has long been considered likely that the city was named after the Italian city of Verona, which at the time was known as Bern
in Middle High German. As a result of the find of the Bern zinc tablet
Bern zinc tablet
in the 1980s, it is now more common to assume that the city was named after a pre-existing toponym of Celtic origin, possibly *berna "cleft".[8] The bear was the heraldic animal of the seal and coat of arms of Bern
from at least the 1220s. The earliest reference to the keeping of live bears in the Bärengraben
dates to the 1440s. History[edit] Main articles: History of Bern
History of Bern
and Timeline of Bern Early history[edit]

The construction of the Untertor-bridge in Bern, Tschachtlanchronik, late 15th century

No archaeological evidence that indicates a settlement on the site of today′s city centre prior to the 12th century has been found so far. In antiquity, a Celtic oppidum stood on the Engehalbinsel (peninsula) north of Bern, fortified since the second century BC (late La Tène period), thought to be one of the 12 oppida of the Helvetii
mentioned by Caesar. During the Roman era, a Gallo-Roman
vicus was on the same site. The Bern zinc tablet
Bern zinc tablet
has the name Brenodor ("dwelling of Breno"). In the Early Middle Ages, a settlement in Bümpliz, now a city district of Bern, was some 4 km (2 mi) from the medieval city. The medieval city is a foundation of the Zähringer
ruling family, which rose to power in Upper Burgundy
Upper Burgundy
in the 12th century. According to 14th-century historiography (Cronica de Berno, 1309), Bern
was founded in 1191 by Berthold V, Duke of Zähringen. In 1218, after Berthold died without an heir, Bern
was made a free imperial city by the Goldene Handfeste
Goldene Handfeste
of Holy Roman Emperor
Holy Roman Emperor
Frederick II. Old Swiss Confederacy[edit]

in 1638

In 1353, Bern
joined the Swiss Confederacy, becoming one of the eight cantons of the formative period of 1353 to 1481. Bern
invaded and conquered Aargau
in 1415 and Vaud
in 1536, as well as other smaller territories, thereby becoming the largest city-state north of the Alps; by the 18th century, it comprised most of what is today the canton of Bern
and the canton of Vaud. The city grew out towards the west of the boundaries of the peninsula formed by the river Aare. The Zytglogge
tower marked the western boundary of the city from 1191 until 1256, when the Käfigturm
took over this role until 1345. It was, in turn, succeeded by the Christoffelturm
(formerly located close to the site of the modern-day railway station) until 1622. During the time of the Thirty Years' War, two new fortifications – the so-called big and small Schanze (entrenchment) – were built to protect the whole area of the peninsula. After a major blaze in 1405, the city's original wooden buildings were gradually replaced by half-timbered houses and subsequently the sandstone buildings which came to be characteristic for the Old Town. Despite the waves of pestilence that hit Europe in the 14th century, the city continued to grow, mainly due to immigration from the surrounding countryside.[9] Modern history[edit] Bern
was occupied by French troops in 1798 during the French Revolutionary Wars, when it was stripped of parts of its territories. It regained control of the Bernese Oberland
Bernese Oberland
in 1802, and following the Congress of Vienna
Congress of Vienna
of 1814, it newly acquired the Bernese Jura. At this time, it once again became the largest canton of the Confederacy as it stood during the Restoration and until the secession of the canton of Jura in 1979. Bern
was made the Federal City (seat of the Federal Assembly) within the new Swiss federal state in 1848. A number of congresses of the socialist First and Second Internationals were held in Bern, particularly during World War I
World War I
when Switzerland
was neutral; see Bern
International. The city's population rose from about 5,000 in the 15th century to about 12,000 by 1800 and to above 60,000 by 1900, passing the 100,000 mark during the 1920s. Population peaked during the 1960s at 165,000 and has since decreased slightly, to below 130,000 by 2000. As of September 2017, the resident population stood at 142,349, of which 100,000 were Swiss citizens and 42,349 (31%) resident foreigners. A further estimated 350,000 people live in the immediate urban agglomeration.[10] Geography and climate[edit] Topography[edit]

The Old City of Bern
Old City of Bern
with the Minster and its platform above the lower Matte quarter and the Aare

The Aare
flows in a wide loop around the Old City
of Bern

View of Bern
from the ISS; The Old City
is in the lower right-hand side.

lies on the Swiss plateau
Swiss plateau
in the canton of Bern, slightly west of the centre of Switzerland
and 20 km (12 mi) north of the Bernese Alps. The countryside around Bern
was formed by glaciers during the most recent ice age. The two mountains closest to Bern
are Gurten with a height of 864 m (2,835 ft) and Bantiger
with a height of 947 m (3,107 ft). The site of the old observatory in Bern
is the point of origin of the CH1903 coordinate system at 46°57′08.66″N 7°26′22.50″E / 46.9524056°N 7.4395833°E / 46.9524056; 7.4395833. The city was originally built on a hilly peninsula surrounded by the river Aare, but outgrew natural boundaries by the 19th century. A number of bridges have been built to allow the city to expand beyond the Aare. Bern
is built on very uneven ground. An elevation difference of several metres exists between the inner city districts on the Aare (Matte, Marzili) and the higher ones (Kirchenfeld, Länggasse). Bern
has an area, as of 2009[update], of 51.62 km2 (19.93 sq mi). Of this area, 9.79 km2 (3.78 sq mi) or 19.0% is used for agricultural purposes, while 17.33 km2 (6.69 sq mi) or 33.6% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 23.25 km2 (8.98 sq mi) or 45.0% is settled (buildings or roads), 1.06 km2 (0.41 sq mi) or 2.1% is either rivers or lakes, and 0.16 km2 (0.062 sq mi) or 0.3% is unproductive land.[11] Of the developed, 3.6% consists of industrial buildings, 21.7% housing and other buildings, and 12.6% is devoted to transport infrastructure. Power and water infrastructure, as well as other special developed areas, made up 1.1% of the city, while another 6.0% consists of parks, green belts, and sports fields; 32.8% of the total land area is heavily forested. Of the agricultural land, 14.3% is used for growing crops and 4.0% is designated to be used as pastures. The rivers and streams provide all the water in the municipality.[11] Climate[edit] According to the Köppen Climate Classification, Bern
has a temperate oceanic climate (Cfb). [12]. The closest weather station near Bern
is located in the municipality of Zollikofen, about 5 kilometres (3 mi) north of the city centre. The warmest month for Bern
is July, with a daily mean temperature of 18.3 °C (64.9 °F), and a daily maximum temperature of 24.3 °C (75.7 °F).[13] The highest temperature recorded at Bern
/ Zollikofen
is 37.0 °C (98.6 °F),[14] recorded in August 2003. On average, a temperature of 25 °C (77 °F) or above is recorded 40.7 days per year, and 6 days per year with a temperature of 30 °C (86 °F) or above at Zollikofen,[15] and the warmest day reaches an average of 32.1 °C (89.8 °F).[16] There are 103.7 days of air frost, and 22.3 ice days per year at Bern (Zollikofen) for the period of 1981-2010, as well as 14.1 days of snowfall, 36.7 days of snow cover per year and the average amount of snow measured per year is 52.6 centimetres (20.7 in).[17] On average, January is the coldest month, with a daily mean temperature of −0.4 °C (31.3 °F), and a daily minimum temperature of −3.6 °C (25.5 °F).[18] The lowest temperature ever recorded at Bern
(Zollikofen) was −23.0 °C (−9.4 °F),[19] recorded in February 1929, and typically the coldest temperature of the year reaches an average of −12.8 °C (9.0 °F)[20] for the period of 1981-2010.

Climate data for Bern
/ Zollikofen, elevation: 553 m or 1,814 ft, 1981–2010 normals, extremes 1901–present

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year

Record high °C (°F) 15.9 (60.6) 18.5 (65.3) 23.0 (73.4) 28.2 (82.8) 31.4 (88.5) 33.7 (92.7) 36.8 (98.2) 37.0 (98.6) 31.6 (88.9) 25.5 (77.9) 20.8 (69.4) 19.1 (66.4) 37.0 (98.6)

Average high °C (°F) 2.8 (37) 4.7 (40.5) 9.5 (49.1) 13.4 (56.1) 18.2 (64.8) 21.6 (70.9) 24.3 (75.7) 23.7 (74.7) 19.1 (66.4) 13.8 (56.8) 7.3 (45.1) 3.5 (38.3) 13.5 (56.3)

Daily mean °C (°F) −0.4 (31.3) 0.7 (33.3) 4.7 (40.5) 8.1 (46.6) 12.7 (54.9) 16.0 (60.8) 18.3 (64.9) 17.7 (63.9) 13.7 (56.7) 9.3 (48.7) 3.7 (38.7) 0.6 (33.1) 8.8 (47.8)

Average low °C (°F) −3.6 (25.5) −3.1 (26.4) 0.2 (32.4) 3.0 (37.4) 7.4 (45.3) 10.5 (50.9) 12.5 (54.5) 12.3 (54.1) 8.9 (48) 5.4 (41.7) 0.4 (32.7) −2.3 (27.9) 4.3 (39.7)

Record low °C (°F) −21.8 (−7.2) −23.0 (−9.4) −15.6 (3.9) −7.9 (17.8) −2.2 (28) 0.9 (33.6) 3.6 (38.5) 3.5 (38.3) −0.8 (30.6) −5.5 (22.1) −13.9 (7) −20.5 (−4.9) −23.0 (−9.4)

Average precipitation mm (inches) 60 (2.36) 55 (2.17) 73 (2.87) 82 (3.23) 119 (4.69) 111 (4.37) 106 (4.17) 116 (4.57) 99 (3.9) 88 (3.46) 76 (2.99) 74 (2.91) 1,059 (41.69)

Average snowfall cm (inches) 12.8 (5.04) 13.1 (5.16) 7.0 (2.76) 0.8 (0.31) 0.0 (0) 0.0 (0) 0.0 (0) 0.0 (0) 0.0 (0) 0.1 (0.04) 5.5 (2.17) 13.3 (5.24) 52.6 (20.71)

Average precipitation days (≥ 1.0 mm) 9.6 9.0 10.6 10.4 12.6 11.1 10.8 10.7 8.9 10.4 10.2 9.9 124.2

Average snowy days (≥ 1.0 cm) 4.1 3.5 2.0 0.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.1 3.1 14.1

Average relative humidity (%) 84 79 73 71 73 71 71 73 79 84 85 85 77

Mean monthly sunshine hours 64 87 137 159 182 205 236 217 165 113 68 49 1,682

Percent possible sunshine 29 35 41 42 42 47 53 53 49 38 30 23 42

Source #1: MeteoSwiss[21]

Source #2: KNMI[22]

Politics[edit] Subdivisions[edit] The municipality is administratively subdivided into six districts (Stadtteile), each of which consists of several quarters (Quartiere).

v t e

Districts and quarters of Bern

District I

Innere Stadt (Old City
of Bern)

Districts Quarters

District II

Länggasse-Felsenau Engeried Felsenau Neufeld Länggasse Stadtbach Muesmatt

District III

Mattenhof-Weissenbühl Holligen Weissenstein Mattenhof Monbijou Weissenbühl Sandrain.

District IV

Kirchenfeld-Schosshalde Kirchenfeld Gryphenhübeli Brunnadern Murifeld Schosshalde Beundenfeld

District V

Breitenrain-Lorraine Altenberg Spitalacker Breitfeld Breitenrain Lorraine

District VI

Bümpliz-Oberbottigen Bümpliz Oberbottigen Stöckacker Bethlehem Brünnen




See also: List of mayors of Bern See also: Gemeinderat (Bern) The Municipal Council (Gemeinderat) constitutes the executive government of the City
of Bern
and operates as a collegiate authority. It is composed of five councillors (German: Gemeinderat/-rätin), each presiding over a directorate (Direktion) comprising several departments and bureaus. The president of the executive department acts as mayor (Stadtpräsident). In the mandate period 2017–2020 (Legislatur) the Municipal Council is presided by Stadtpräsident Alec von Graffenried. Departmental tasks, coordination measures and implementation of laws decreed by the City
Council are carried by the Municipal Council. The regular election of the Municipal Council by any inhabitant valid to vote is held every four years. Any resident of Bern
allowed to vote can be elected as a member of the Municipal Council. Contrary to most other municipalities, the executive government in Berne is selected by means of a system of Proporz. The mayor is elected as such as well by public election while the heads of the other directorates are assigned by the collegiate. The executive body holds its meetings in the Erlacherhof, built by architect Albrecht Stürler after 1747.[23] As of 2017[update], Bern's Municipal Council is made up of two representatives of the SP (Social Democratic Party), and one each of CVP (Christian Democratic Party), GFL (Grüne Freie Liste a.k.a. Green Free List, who is the newly elected mayor since 2017), and GB (Green Alliance of Berne), giving the left parties a very strong majority of four out of five seats. The last regular election was held on 27 November 2016/15 January 2017.[23]

The Municipal Council (Gemeinderat) of Bern[23]

Municipal Councillor (Gemeinderat/-rätin) Party Head of Directorate (Direktion, since) of elected since

Alec von Graffenried[GR 1]      GFL Mayor's Office (Präsidialdirektion (PRD), 2017) 2017

Reto Nause[GR 2]      CVP Security, the Environment and Energy (Direktion für Sicherheit, Umwelt und Energie (SUE), 2009) 2009

Franziska Teuscher      GB Education, Social Welfare and Sport (Direktion für Bildung, Soziales und Sport (BSS), 2013) 2013

Ursula Wyss      SP Civil Engineering, Transport and Green Spaces (Direktion für Tiefbau, Verkehr und Stadtgrün (TVS), 2013) 2013

Michael Aebersold      SP Finances, Personnel and IT (Direktion für Finanzen, Personal und Informatik (FPI), 2017) 2016

^ Mayor
(Stadtpräsident) ^ Vice- Mayor

Dr. Jürg Wichtermann is State Chronicler (Staatsschreiber) since 2008. He has been elected by the collegiate. Parliament[edit]

The Stadtrat of Bern
for the mandate period of 2017-2020   PdA (1.25%)   AL (2.5%)   GPB-DA (1.25%)   JUSO (2.5%)   SP/PS (27.5%)   JA! (2.5%)   GB (11.25%)   GFL (10%)   EVP/PEV (2.5%)   jglp (1.25%)   glp/pvl (8.75%)   CVP/PDC (2.5%)   BDP/PBD (3.75%)   FDP/PLR (11.25%)   SVP/UDC (11.25%)

The City
Council (de: Stadtrat, fr: Conseil de ville) holds legislative power. It is made up of 80 members, with elections held every four years. The City
Council decrees regulations and by-laws that are executed by the Municipal Council and the administration. The delegates are selected by means of a system of proportional representation. The sessions of the City
Council are public. Unlike members of the Municipal Council, members of the City
Council are not politicians by profession, and they are paid a fee based on their attendance. Any resident of Bern
allowed to vote can be elected as a member of the City
Council. The parliament holds its meetings in the Stadthaus (Town Hall).[24] The last regular election of the City
Council was held on 27 November 2016 for the mandate period (German: Legislatur, French: la législature) from 2017 to 2020. Currently the City
Council consist of 24 members of the Social Democratic Party (SP/PS) including 2 members of the junior party JUSO, 9 Green Alliance of Berne (GB), 9 The Liberals (FDP/PLR), 9 Swiss People's Party
Swiss People's Party
(SVP/UDC), 8 Grüne Freie Liste (GFL) (Green Free List), 8 Green Liberal Party (glp/pvl) including one member of its junior party jglp, 3 Conservative Democratic Party (BDP/PBD), 2 Christian Democratic People's Party (CVP/PDC), 2 Evangelical People's Party (EVP/PEV), 2 Junge Alternative (JA!) (or Young Alternatives), 2 Alternative Linke Bern
(AL), 1 Grüne Partei Bern
- Demokratische Alternative (GPB-DA) (or Green Party Bern - Democratic Alternative), and 1 Swiss Party of Labour
Swiss Party of Labour
(PdA). The following parties combine their parliamentary power in parliamentary groups (German: Fraktion(en)): AL and GPB-DA and PdA (4), SP and JUSO (24), GB and JA! (11), GFL and EVP (10), glp und jglp (8), BDP and CVP (5), FDP (9), and SVP (9). This gives the left parties an absolute majority of 49 seats.[25] National elections[edit] National Council[edit] In the 2015 federal election for the Swiss National Council the most popular party was the PS which received 34.3% of the vote. The next five most popular parties were the Green Party (17.4%), the UDC (12.4%), and the FDP/PLR (9.9%), glp/pvl (9.4%), and the BDP/PBD (7.0%). In the federal election, a total of 48,556 voters were cast, and the voter turnout was 56.0%.[26] International relations[edit] Twin and sister cities[edit] The Municipal Council of the city of Bern
decided against having twinned cities except for a temporary (during the UEFA Euro 2008) cooperation with the Austrian city Salzburg[27][28] Demographics[edit] Population[edit]

Largest groups of foreign residents 2012

Nationality Amount % total (foreigners)

 Germany 5,957 4.7 (20.0)

 Italy 4,113 3.2 (13.5)

 Spain 1,977 1.6 (6.5)

 Portugal 1,433 1.1 (4.7)

 Turkey 1,161 0.9 (3.8)

 Republic of Macedonia 1,120 0.9 (3.7)

 Kosovo 1,085 0.9 (3.6)

 Sri Lanka 898 0.7 (3.0)

 Serbia 898 0.7 (3.0)

 France 668 0.5 (2.2)

 Austria 629 0.5 (2.1)

has a population (as of December 2016[update]) of 133,115.[2]. About 34% of the population are resident foreign nationals. Over the 10 years between 2000 and 2010, the population changed at a rate of 0.6%. Migration accounted for 1.3%, while births and deaths accounted for −2.1%.[29] Most of the population (as of 2000[update]) speaks German (104,465 or 81.2%) as their first language, Italian is the second most common (5,062 or 3.9%) and French is the third (4,671 or 3.6%). There are 171 people who speak Romansh.[30] As of 2008[update], the population was 47.5% male and 52.5% female. The population was made up of 44,032 Swiss men (35.4% of the population) and 15,092 (12.1%) non-Swiss men. There were 51,531 Swiss women (41.4%) and 13,726 (11.0%) non-Swiss women.[31] Of the population in the municipality, 39,008 or about 30.3% were born in Bern
and lived there in 2000. There were 27,573 or 21.4% who were born in the same canton, while 25,818 or 20.1% were born somewhere else in Switzerland, and 27,812 or 21.6% were born outside of Switzerland.[30]

Apartment blocks at Bern-Bethlehem

As of 2000[update], children and teenagers (0–19 years old) make up 15.1% of the population, while adults (20–64 years old) make up 65% and seniors (over 64 years old) make up 19.9%.[29] As of 2000[update], there were 59,948 people who were single and never married in the municipality. There were 49,873 married individuals, 9,345 widows or widowers and 9,468 individuals who are divorced.[30]

Houses in the Old City
of Bern

As of 2000[update], there were 67,115 private households in the municipality, and an average of 1.8 persons per household.[29] There were 34,981 households that consist of only one person and 1,592 households with five or more people. In 2000[update], a total of 65,538 apartments (90.6% of the total) were permanently occupied, while 5,352 apartments (7.4%) were seasonally occupied and 1,444 apartments (2.0%) were empty.[32] As of 2009[update], the construction rate of new housing units was 1.2 new units per 1000 residents.[29] As of 2003[update] the average price to rent an average apartment in Bern
was 1108.92 Swiss francs (CHF) per month (US$890, £500, €710 approx. exchange rate from 2003). The average rate for a one-room apartment was 619.82 CHF (US$500, £280, €400), a two-room apartment was about 879.36 CHF (US$700, £400, €560), a three-room apartment was about 1040.54 CHF (US$830, £470, €670) and a six or more room apartment cost an average of 2094.80 CHF (US$1680, £940, €1340). The average apartment price in Bern
was 99.4% of the national average of 1116 CHF.[33] The vacancy rate for the municipality, in 2010[update], was 0.45%.[29] Historic population[edit] The historical population is given in the following chart:[34]

Historic Population Data[34]

Year Total Population German Speaking French Speaking Protestant Catholic Jewish Christian Catholic Other or no religion given No religion given Swiss Non-Swiss

1700 14,219

1730 15,932

1764 14,515

1798 12,186

1818 18,997

1837 24,362

1850 29,670

27,986 1,478


28,009 1,661

1880 44,087 41,784 1,875 39,948 3,456

387 296

40,463 3,624

1910 90,937 83,144 4,566 78,234 9,650

1,056 1,997

81,335 9,602

1930 111,783 102,444 6,378 95,600 13,280

854 2,049

104,864 6,919

1950 146,499 129,781 10,262 118,823 23,295 1,089 792 2,500

139,367 7,132

1970 162,405 133,737 8,041 115,779 41,374 635 561 4,056

139,873 22,532

1990 136,338 110,279 5,236 79,889 36,723 335 334 19,057 10,006 112,599 23,739

Religion[edit] From the 2000 census[update], 60,455 or 47.0% belonged to the Swiss Reformed Church, while 31,510 or 24.5% were Roman Catholic. Of the rest of the population, there were 1,874 members of an Orthodox church (or about 1.46% of the population), there were 229 persons (or about 0.18% of the population) who belonged to the Christian Catholic Church, and there were 5,531 persons (or about 4.30% of the population) who belonged to another Christian church. There were 324 persons (or about 0.25% of the population) who were Jewish, and 4,907 (or about 3.81% of the population) who were Muslim. There were 629 persons who were Buddhist, 1,430 persons who were Hindu and 177 persons who belonged to another church. 16,363 (or about 12.72% of the population) belonged to no church, are agnostic or atheist, and 7,855 persons (or about 6.11% of the population) did not answer the question.[30] On 14 December 2014 the Haus der Religionen
Haus der Religionen
was inaugurated. Main sights[edit]

The central building of the Federal Palace of Switzerland

The Ogre
of the Kindlifresserbrunnen
has a sack of children waiting to be devoured.

The structure of Bern's city centre is largely medieval and has been recognised by UNESCO
as a Cultural World Heritage Site. Perhaps its most famous sight is the Zytglogge
( Bernese German for "Time Bell"), an elaborate medieval clock tower with moving puppets. It also has an impressive 15th century Gothic cathedral, the Münster, and a 15th-century town hall. Thanks to 6 kilometres (4 miles) of arcades, the old town boasts one of the longest covered shopping promenades in Europe. Since the 16th century, the city has had a bear pit, the Bärengraben, at the far end of the Nydeggbrücke
to house its heraldic animals. The currently four bears are now kept in an open-air enclosure nearby, and two other young bears, a present by the Russian president, are kept in Dählhölzli
zoo.[35] The Federal Palace (Bundeshaus), built from 1857 to 1902, which houses the national parliament, government and part of the federal administration, can also be visited. Albert Einstein
Albert Einstein
lived in a flat at the Kramgasse
49, the site of the Einsteinhaus, from 1903 to 1905, the year in which the Annus Mirabilis Papers were published. The Rose Garden (Rosengarten), from which a scenic panoramic view of the medieval town centre can be enjoyed, is a well-kept Rosarium on a hill, converted into a park from a former cemetery in 1913. There are eleven Renaissance allegorical statues on public fountains in the Old Town. Nearly all the 16th century fountains, except the Zähringer
fountain which was created by Hans Hiltbrand, are the work of the Fribourg
master Hans Gieng. One of the more interesting fountains is the Kindlifresserbrunnen
(Bernese German: Child Eater Fountain but often translated Ogre
Fountain) which is claimed to represent a Jew,[36] the Greek god Chronos
or a Fastnacht figure that scares disobedient children.[37] Bern's most recent sight is the set of fountains in front of the Federal Palace. It was inaugurated on 1 August 2004. The Universal Postal Union
Universal Postal Union
is situated in Bern.

The Zytglogge
clock tower and the city's medieval covered shopping promenades (Lauben)

Heritage sites of national significance[edit] Bern
is home to 114 Swiss heritage sites of national significance.[38] It includes the entire Old Town, which is also a UNESCO
World Heritage Site, and many sites within and around it. Some of the most notable in the Old Town include the Cathedral which was started in 1421 and is the tallest cathedral in Switzerland, the Zytglogge
and Käfigturm towers, which mark two successive expansions of the Old Town, and the Holy Ghost Church, which is one of the largest Swiss Reformed churches in Switzerland. Within the Old Town, there are eleven 16th century fountains, most attributed to Hans Gieng, that are on the list. Outside the Old Town the heritage sites include the Bärengraben, the Gewerbeschule Bern
(1937), the Eidgenössisches Archiv für Denkmalpflege, the Kirchenfeld mansion district (de) (after 1881), the Thunplatzbrunnen, the Federal Mint building, the Federal Archives, the Swiss National Library, the Historical Museum (1894), Alpine Museum, Museum of Communication and Natural History Museum. Culture[edit]

Zentrum Paul Klee


Gurtenfestival, 2003

See also: List of museums in Bern Theatres[edit]

Theatre[39] Narrenpack Theatre Bern[40] Schlachthaus Theatre[41] Tojo Theater The Theatre on the Effinger-Street[42] Theatre am Käfigturm[43]

Cinemas[edit] Bern
has several dozen cinemas. As is customary in German Switzerland, films are generally in German. Some films in select cinemas are shown in their original language with German and French subtitles. Film festivals[edit]

Shnit international shortfilmfestival shnit International Shortfilmfestival, held annually in early October. Queersicht – gay and lesbian film festival, held annually in the second week of November.


BeJazz Summer and Winter Festival Buskers' festival Gurtenfestival Internationales Jazzfestival Bern Taktlos-Festival


Zibelemärit – The Zibelemärit
(onion market) is an annual fair held on the fourth Monday in November. Bernese Fassnacht (Carnival)


Stade de Suisse Wankdorf

was the site of the 1954 Football (Soccer) World Cup Final, a huge upset for the Hungarian Golden Team, who were beaten 3–2 by West Germany. The football team BSC Young Boys
BSC Young Boys
is based in Bern
at the Stade de Suisse Wankdorf, which also was one of the venues for the European football championship 2008 in which it hosted 3 matches. SC Bern
SC Bern
is the major ice hockey team of Bern
which plays in the PostFinance Arena. They compete in the National League (NL), the highest league in Switzerland. The team has ranked highest in attendance for a European hockey team for more than a decade.[44] The PostFinance Arena
PostFinance Arena
was the main host of the 2009 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship, including the opening game and the final of the tournament. The PostFinance Arena
PostFinance Arena
was also the host of the 2011 European Figure Skate Championships. Bern
Cardinals is the baseball and softball team of Bern, which plays at the Allmend Bern
Grizzlies is the American football club in Bern
and plays at Athletics Arena Wankdorf. Bern
was a candidate to host the 2010 Winter Olympics, but withdrew its bid in September 2002 after a referendum was passed that showed that the bid was not supported by locals. Those games were eventually awarded to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. RC Bern
is the local rugby club (since 1972) and plays at the Allmend. The ladies team was founded in 1995. The locality of Bremgartenwald was home to the Bremgarten Circuit, the Grand Prix motor racing
Grand Prix motor racing
course that at one time hosted the Swiss Grand Prix. Bern
Bears is an NGO Basketball Club since 2010 in city of Bern.[45] Economy[edit] As of  2010[update], Bern
had an unemployment rate of 3.3%. As of 2008[update], there were 259 people employed in the primary economic sector and about 59 businesses involved in this sector. 16,413 people were employed in the secondary sector and there were 950 businesses in this sector. 135,973 people were employed in the tertiary sector, with 7,654 businesses in this sector.[29] In 2008[update] the total number of full-time equivalent jobs was 125,037. The number of jobs in the primary sector was 203, of which 184 were in agriculture and 19 were in forestry or lumber production. The number of jobs in the secondary sector was 15,476 of which 7,650 or (49.4%) were in manufacturing, 51 or (0.3%) were in mining and 6,389 (41.3%) were in construction. The number of jobs in the tertiary sector was 109,358. In the tertiary sector; 11,396 or 10.4% were in wholesale or retail sales or the repair of motor vehicles, 10,293 or 9.4% were in the movement and storage of goods, 5,090 or 4.7% were in a hotel or restaurant, 7,302 or 6.7% were in the information industry, 8,437 or 7.7% were the insurance or financial industry, 10,660 or 9.7% were technical professionals or scientists, 5,338 or 4.9% were in education and 17,903 or 16.4% were in health care.[46] In 2000[update], there were 94,367 workers who commuted into the municipality and 16,424 workers who commuted away. The municipality is a net importer of workers, with about 5.7 workers entering the municipality for every one leaving.[47] Of the working population, 50.6% used public transport to get to work, and 20.6% used a private car.[29] Education[edit]

Main building of the University of Bern

The University of Bern, whose buildings are mainly located in the Länggasse quarter, is located in Bern, as well as the University of Applied Sciences (Fachhochschule) and several vocations schools. In Bern, about 50,418 or (39.2%) of the population have completed non-mandatory upper secondary education, and 24,311 or (18.9%) have completed additional higher education (either university or a Fachhochschule). Of the 24,311 who completed tertiary schooling, 51.6% were Swiss men, 33.0% were Swiss women, 8.9% were non-Swiss men and 6.5% were non-Swiss women.[30] The canton of Bern
school system provides one year of non-obligatory kindergarten, followed by six years of primary school. This is followed by three years of obligatory lower secondary school where the pupils are separated according to ability and aptitude. Following the lower secondary pupils may attend additional schooling or they may enter an apprenticeship.[48] During the 2009–10 school year, there were a total of 10,979 pupils attending classes in Bern. There were 89 kindergarten classes with a total of 1,641 pupils in the municipality. Of the kindergarten pupils, 32.4% were permanent or temporary residents of Switzerland
(not citizens) and 40.2% have a different mother language than the classroom language. The municipality had 266 primary classes and 5,040 pupils. Of the primary pupils, 30.1% were permanent or temporary residents of Switzerland
(not citizens) and 35.7% have a different mother language than the classroom language. During the same year, there were 151 lower secondary classes with a total of 2,581 pupils. There were 28.7% who were permanent or temporary residents of Switzerland
(not citizens) and 32.7% have a different mother language than the classroom language.[49] Bern
is home to 8 libraries. These libraries include; the Schweiz. Nationalbibliothek/ Bibliothèque nationale suisse, the Universitätsbibliothek Bern, the Kornhausbibliotheken Bern, the BFH Wirtschaft und Verwaltung Bern, the BFH Gesundheit, the BFH Soziale Arbeit, the Hochschule der Künste Bern, Gestaltung und Kunst and the Hochschule der Künste Bern, Musikbibliothek. There was a combined total (as of 2008[update]) of 10,308,336 books or other media in the libraries, and in the same year a total of 2,627,973 items were loaned out.[50] As of 2000[update], there were 9,045 pupils in Bern
who came from another municipality, while 1,185 residents attended schools outside the municipality.[47] Transportation[edit]

Tram station on the Bahnhofplatz, with the Heiliggeistkirche in the background

The public transport in and around Bern
is operated by BERNMOBIL, which is integrated into the fare network libero with coordinated timetables, which in itself covers the area of canton of Bern
and Solothurn. The fare network includes any mode of public transport, such as any kind of train (including the urban S-Bahn), PostAuto buses, trams, buses (either trolleybuses or motorized buses) and others. Fares are based on the number of zones crossed during a specified time and are independent of the mode of transport or the number of connections. The central part of Bern, excluding Bümpliz, Betlehem, Bottingen, Brünnen, and Riedbach in the west of the municipality, is part of the fare zone 100. Bern's central railway station Bahnhof Bern) (formerly known as Hauptbahnhof Bern) is not only the central network nucleus of Bern, but also of the whole urban and inter-cantonal region. It connects the city to the urban, national and international railways network and is Switzerland's second most busy railway station (202,600 passengers per working day in 2014). A funicular railway leads from the Marzili district to the Bundeshaus. The Marzilibahn funicular
Marzilibahn funicular
is, with a length of 106 m (348 ft), the second shortest public railway in Europe after the Zagreb
funicular. Several Aare
bridges connect the old parts of the city with the newer districts outside of the peninsula. Bern
is well connected to other cities by several motorways (A1, A12, A6). Bern
is also served by Bern
Airport, located outside the city near the town of Belp. The regional airport, colloquially called Bern- Belp
or Belpmoos, is connected to several European cities. Additionally Zürich
Airport, Geneva Airport
Geneva Airport
and EuroAirport Basel
Mulhouse Freiburg also serve as international gateways, all reachable within less than two hours by train or car from Bern. Notable people[edit]

Albert Einstein's house

Mikhail Bakunin, died in Bern
on 1 July 1876 Peter Bieri, philosophy professor and novelist Fabian Cancellara, cyclist Louise Elisabeth de Meuron, famed eccentric and noble lady Albert Einstein, worked out his theory of relativity while living in Bern, employed as a patent examiner at the patent office Paul Emmert, painter Christoph von Graffenried, founder of New Bern
in the U.S. state of North Carolina Albrecht von Haller, anatomist and physiologist Lukas Hartmann, novelist and children's literature writer Ferdinand Hodler, painter Roman Josi, ice hockey player Sven Baertschi, ice hockey player Michael Kauter, fencer Emil Theodor Kocher, recipient of 1909 Nobel Prize Vladimir Lenin, resided in Bern
from 1914 until 1917 Min Li Marti
Min Li Marti
(born 1974), politician, publisher, sociologist and historian Mani Matter, songwriter Gottfried Mind, painter Daniel Mojon, ophthalmologist, inventor of minimally-invasive strabismus surgery (MISS) Algirdas Paleckis, diplomat and politician, born in Bern Regula Rytz
Regula Rytz
(born 1962),[51] politician, sociologist and historian Léon Savary, Swiss writer and journalist Mark Streit, ice hockey player Aimé Félix Tschiffely, equestrian Hans Urwyler, Christian minister Adolf Wölfli, visual artist Ursula Wyss, economist and politician

See also[edit]

Municipalities of the canton of Bern

Notes and references[edit] Notes[edit]

^ According to the Swiss constitution, the Swiss Confederation intentionally has no "capital", but Bern
has governmental institutions such as the Swiss parliament
Swiss parliament
and the Federal Council of Switzerland. However, the Federal Supreme Court of Switzerland
is in Lausanne, the Federal Criminal Court of Switzerland
is in Bellinzona, and the Federal Administrative Court of Switzerland
and the Federal Patent Court of Switzerland
are in St. Gallen. That exemplifies the very federal nature of the Swiss Confederation


^ Arealstatistik Standard - Gemeindedaten nach 4 Hauptbereichen ^ a b Swiss Federal Statistical Office - STAT-TAB, online database – Ständige und nichtständige Wohnbevölkerung nach institutionellen Gliederungen, Geburtsort und Staatsangehörigkeit (in German) accessed 30 August 2017 ^ Holenstein, André (2012). "Die Hauptstadt existiert nicht" [The capital does not exist]. UniPress (in German) (UniPress 152: Die Hauptstatdtregion). Berne: University of Berne: 16–19. doi:10.7892/boris.41280 (inactive 2017-08-26). Als 1848 ein politisch-administratives Zentrum für den neuen Bundesstaat zu bestimmen war, verzichteten die Verfassungsväter darauf, eine Hauptstadt der Schweiz zu bezeichnen und formulierten stattdessen in Artikel 108: «Alles, was sich auf den Sitz der Bundesbehörden bezieht, ist Gegenstand der Bundesgesetzgebung.» Die Bundesstadt ist also nicht mehr und nicht weniger als der Sitz der Bundesbehörden.  ^ http://www.bern.ch/themen/stadt-recht-und-politik/bern-in-zahlen/in_kuerze.  Missing or empty title= (help) ^ "Population size and population composition – Data, indicators – Agglomerations: Permanent resident population in urban and rural areas". www.bfs.admin.ch (Statistics). Federal Statistical Office, Neuchâtel, Swiss Federal Administration. 2015. Retrieved 2015-09-01.  ^ "Office fédéral du développement territorial ARE – B3: Les aires métropolitaines". www.are.admin.ch (in French, German, and Italian). Federal Office for Spatial Development ARE. 7 June 2006. p. 4. Archived from the original (PDF) on 12 October 2013. Retrieved 17 April 2014.  ^ "''Quality of Living global city rankings – Mercer survey''". Mercer.com. Archived from the original on 2 May 2014. Retrieved 26 October 2012.  ^ Andres Kristol (ed.): Lexikon der schweizerischen Gemeindenamen. Huber, Frauenfeld
2005, ISBN 3-7193-1308-5, p. 143. ^ Bern: Development of the settlement and the population in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland. ^ municipal statistics,[1] includes 6,816 weekend commuters not included in the federal statistics of 123,466."Archived copy". Archived from the original on 26 November 2010. Retrieved 8 December 2010.  ^ a b Swiss Federal Statistical Office-Land Use Statistics 2009 data (in German) accessed 25 March 2010 ^ " Bern
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sowie mit Stadt und Land Salzburg". www.bern.ch (in German). Abteilung Kommunikation und Amt für Information, City
of Berne. 30 May 2006. Retrieved 6 April 2014. …in einer gemeinsamen Erklärung die Absicht bekundet, mittels einer zeitlich befristeten Partnerschaft zwischen den Städten und Ländern…  ^ "Interpellation Fraktion SP/JUSO Andreas Flückiger/Markus Lüthi, SP): Das orange Wunder von Bern: Diese Freundschaft muss gepflegt werden! Was können wir tun?". www.bern.ch (in German). Der Gemeinderat (Municipal Council). 22 October 2008. Archived from the original on 30 November 2012. Retrieved 14 October 2014. Bisher hat die Stadt Bern
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of bears receives Russian bruins". swissinfo.ch. 16 September 2009.  ^ City
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External links[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Bern.

Wikivoyage has a travel guide for Bern.

Book: Bern

has the text of the 1879 American Cyclopædia
American Cyclopædia
article Bern.

Official website Bern
Public Transportation Website (BernMobil) Bern
(Gemeinde) in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland, 2016-11-10. "GIS City
of Bern". Archived from the original on 28 September 2007. Retrieved 2006-04-23. CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link) Gurtenfestival

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Old City
of Bern

Principal sights

Béatrice-von-Wattenwyl-Haus Bundeshaus Erlacherhof Heiliggeistkirche Käfigturm Münster Nydeggkirche Rathaus Zytglogge


Äussere Neustadt Innere Neustadt Mattequartier Nydegg Zähringerstadt

Main streets

Aarbergergasse Amthausgasse Gerechtigkeitsgasse Herrengasse Junkerngasse Kochergasse Kramgasse Münstergasse Marktgasse Neuengasse Nydeggstalden Postgasse Rathausgasse Schauplatzgasse Spitalgasse Zeughausgasse


Bärenplatz Bahnhofplatz Bubenbergplatz Bundesplatz Kornhausplatz Münsterplatz Waisenhausplatz


Anna-Seiler-Brunnen Bernabrunnen Gerechtigkeitsbrunnen Kindlifresserbrunnen Läuferbrunnen Mosesbrunnen Münzbrunnen Pfeiferbrunnen Ryfflibrunnen Simsonbrunnen Schützenbrunnen Vennerbrunnen Weltpostdenkmal Welttelegrafen-Denkmal Zähringerbrunnen


Bridges Churches Fountains Towers Timeline

See also: Bern Canton of Bern Switzerland

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Municipalities in the Bern-Mittelland administrative district, Switzerland

Allmendingen Arni Bäriswil Belp Bern Biglen Bolligen Bowil Bremgarten bei Bern Brenzikofen Clavaleyres Deisswil bei Münchenbuchsee Diemerswil Ferenbalm Fraubrunnen Frauenkappelen Freimettigen Gerzensee Golaten Grosshöchstetten Guggisberg Gurbrü Häutligen Herbligen Iffwil Ittigen Jaberg Jegenstorf Kaufdorf Kehrsatz Kiesen Kirchdorf Kirchenthurnen Kirchlindach Köniz Konolfingen Kriechenwil Landiswil Laupen Linden Lohnstorf Mattstetten Meikirch Mirchel Moosseedorf Mühleberg Mühlethurnen Münchenbuchsee Münchenwiler Münsingen Muri bei Bern Neuenegg Niederhünigen Niedermuhlern Oberbalm Oberdiessbach Oberhünigen Oberthal Oppligen Ostermundigen Riggisberg Rubigen Rüeggisberg Rümligen Rüschegg Schwarzenburg Stettlen Toffen Urtenen-Schönbühl Vechigen Wald Walkringen Wichtrach Wiggiswil Wileroltigen Wohlen bei Bern Worb Zäziwil Zollikofen Zuzwil

Canton of Bern Districts of Canton Bern Municipalities of the canton of Bern

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Capitals of Swiss cantons


Aarau, Aargau Herisau, Appenzell Ausserrhoden Appenzell, Appenzell Innerrhoden Basel, Basel-Stadt

Liestal, Basel-Landschaft Bern, Bern Fribourg, Fribourg Geneva, Geneva

Glarus, Glarus Chur, Graubünden Delémont, Jura Lucerne, Lucerne

Neuchâtel, Neuchâtel Stans, Nidwalden Sarnen, Obwalden Schaffhausen, Schaffhausen

Schwyz, Schwyz Solothurn, Solothurn St. Gallen, St. Gallen Frauenfeld, Thurgau

Bellinzona, Ticino Altdorf, Uri Sion, Valais Lausanne, Vaud

Zug, Zug Zürich, Zürich

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Cities in Switzerland
by population




Basel Bern Geneva Lausanne Winterthur


Bienne Chur Fribourg Köniz La Chaux-de-Fonds Lucerne Lugano Neuchâtel St. Gallen Schaffhausen Thun Uster Vernier


Aarau Adliswil Allschwil Baar Baden Bellinzona Burgdorf Carouge Dietikon Emmen Frauenfeld Gossau Grenchen Herisau Horgen Kloten Kreuzlingen Kriens Lancy Littau Locarno Meyrin Monthey Montreux Muttenz Nyon Olten Onex Ostermundigen Pratteln Rapperswil-Jona Regensdorf Renens Schwyz Sierre Sion Solothurn Spiez Steffisburg Thalwil Vevey Volketswil Wädenswil Wettingen Wetzikon Wil Yverdon-les-Bains Zollikon Zug

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Capitals of European states and territories

Capitals of dependent territories and states whose sovereignty is disputed shown in italics.


Amsterdam, Netherlands1 Andorra la Vella, Andorra Bern, Switzerland Brussels, Belgium2 Douglas, Isle of Man (UK) Dublin, Ireland London, United Kingdom Luxembourg, Luxembourg Paris, France Saint Helier, Jersey (UK) Saint Peter Port, Guernsey (UK)


Copenhagen, Denmark Helsinki, Finland Longyearbyen, Svalbard (Norway) Mariehamn, Åland Islands (Finland) Nuuk, Greenland (Denmark) Olonkinbyen, Jan Mayen (Norway) Oslo, Norway Reykjavík, Iceland Stockholm, Sweden Tórshavn, Faroe Islands (Denmark)


Berlin, Germany Bratislava, Slovakia Budapest, Hungary Ljubljana, Slovenia Prague, Czech Republic Vaduz, Liechtenstein Vienna, Austria Warsaw, Poland


Ankara, Turkey3 Athens, Greece Belgrade, Serbia Bucharest, Romania Gibraltar, Gibraltar (UK) Lisbon, Portugal Madrid, Spain Monaco, Monaco Nicosia, Cyprus4 North Nicosia, Northern Cyprus4, 5 Podgorica, Montenegro Pristina, Kosovo5 Rome, Italy San Marino, San Marino Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina Skopje, Macedonia Sofia, Bulgaria Tirana, Albania Valletta, Malta Vatican City, Vatican City Zagreb, Croatia


Astana, Kazakhstan3 Baku, Azerbaijan3 Chișinău, Moldova Kiev, Ukraine Minsk, Belarus Moscow, Russia3 Riga, Latvia Stepanakert, Artsakh4, 5 Sukhumi, Abkhazia3, 5 Tallinn, Estonia Tbilisi, Georgia3 Tiraspol, Transnistria5 Tskhinvali, South Ossetia3, 5 Vilnius, Lithuania Yerevan, Armenia3

1 Also the capital of the Kingdom of the Netherlands 2 Also the seat of the European Union, see Institutional seats of the European Union
European Union
and Brussels
and the European Union 3 Transcontinental country 4 Entirely in Southwest Asia but having socio-political connections with Europe 5 Partially recognised country

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World Heritage Sites in Switzerland

Lake Geneva

Vineyard Terraces Swiss Alps

Espace Mittelland

La Chaux-de-Fonds
La Chaux-de-Fonds
/ Le Locle Old City
of Bern Swiss Alps


Convent of St. Gall Convent of St. Johann Rhaetian Railway
Rhaetian Railway
in the Albula / Bernina Landscapes2 Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona


Monte San Giorgio Castles, Wall and Ramparts of Bellinzona


Prehistoric pile dwellings around the Alps3 The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier1

1 Shared with other region/s 2 Shared with Italy 3 Shared with Austria, France, Germany, Italy
and Slovenia


Authority control

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