Sierre

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Coordinates: 46°18′N 7°32′E

Sierre
Coat of Arms of Sierre
Country Switzerland
Canton Valais
District Sierre
Coordinates 46°18′N 7°32′E
Population 14,355   (as of December 2002)
Area 19.2 km2 (7.4 sq mi)
Elevation 533 m (1,749 ft)
Postal code 3960
SFOS number 6248
Mayor Manfred Stucky (CVP/PDC)
Surrounded by Chalais, Chandolin, Chermignon, Chippis, Grône, Lens, Montana, Randogne, Saint-Léonard, Saint-Luc, Salgesch, Venthône, Veyras
Twin towns Aubenas (France), Cesenatico (Italy), Delfzijl (Netherlands), Schwarzenbeck (Germany), Zelzate (Belgium)
Website www.sierre.ch
Sierre is located in Switzerland
Sierre

Sierre is the capital of the district of Sierre in the canton of Valais in Switzerland.

Sierre seen from Crans-Montana.

It has a population of 14,355. It is situated at the language border of the German-speaking upper part of the "Wallis" and the French-speaking "Valais". This city counts as one of the three official bilingual towns in Switzerland. Sierre is starting point for the tourist sites of the Val d'Anniviers including the villages of Vercorin, Chandolin, St-Luc Vissoie, St-Jean Chandolin, Grimentz, Zinal and Ayer. Sierre is connected with Crans-Montana by a cable car.

At the beginning of the 20th century, Sierre became economically important as very early aluminium smelting is enabled by its access to hydroelectricity.

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