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Coat of arms of Grenchen
Coat of arms
Country Switzerland
Canton Solothurn
District Lebern
 • Mayor Boris Banga (SPS)
 • Total 26.03 km2 (10.05 sq mi)
Elevation 451 m (1,480 ft)
Population (Dec 2016[2])
 • Total 16,985
 • Density 650/km2 (1,700/sq mi)
Postal code 2540
SFOS number 2546
Surrounded by 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)
SFSO statistics

Grenchen is a city 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.

  1. Arealstatistik Standard - Gemeindedaten nach 4 Hauptbereichen
  2. Swiss Federal Statistical Office - STAT-TAB, online database – Ständige und nichtständige Wohnbevölkerung nach institutionellen Gliederungen, Geburtsort und Staatsangehörigkeit (German) accessed 30 August 2017