Bellinzona

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Coordinates: 46°12′N 9°01′E

Bellinzona
Country Switzerland
Canton Ticino
District Bellinzona
Coordinates 46°12′N 9°01′E
Population 17,363   (as of December 2005)
Area 19.84 km2 (7.66 sq mi)
Elevation 238 m (781 ft)
Postal code 6500
SFOS number 5002
Mayor Mario Branda
Localities Artore, Carasso, Daro, Ravecchia
Surrounded by
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Arbedo-Castione, Giubiasco, Gorduno, Monte Carasso, Pianezzo, Sant'Antonio
Website www.bellinzona.ch

Bellinzona ([bɛllin'dzoːna] in French Bellinzone [bɛlɛ̃'zon] and Bilitio [bi'litsjo] in Latin) is the capital of the Swiss Canton of Ticino. Its German name Bellenz ['belents] is no longer in use. With about 17.300 people living there, it is the second biggest city of the canton (after Lugano, with about 52.000 people).