Grenchen

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search

Coordinates: 47°11′N 7°24′E

Grenchen
Coat of Arms of Grenchen
Country Switzerland
Canton Solothurn
District Lebern
Coordinates 47°11′N 7°24′E
Population 16100   (as of 30 June 2007)
Area 26.08 km2 (10.07 sq mi)
Elevation 451 m (1,480 ft)
Postal code 2540
SFOS number 2546
Mayor Boris Banga (SPS)
Surrounded by
(view map)
Arch (BE), Bettlach, Büren an der Aare (BE), Court (BE), Lengnau (BE), Romont (BE), Rüti bei Büren (BE), Selzach
Twin towns Neckarsulm (Germany), Sélestat (France)

Grenchen is a municipality in the district Lebern in the canton of Solothurn in Switzerland.

With a population of around 16,000 people, it is one of the largest municipalities in the canton of Solothurn.

History[change | change source]

In the year 1000, a castle was built in Grenchen and was lived in for a few hundred years, but the name Grenchen was not first used until 1131. Its name comes from the Gallo-Romanic word graneca, which means by the grainery.