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Coat of arms of Stans
Coat of arms
Stans is located in Switzerland
Coordinates: 46°57′N 8°21′E / 46.95°N 8.35°E / 46.95; 8.35Coordinates: 46°57′N 8°21′E / 46.95°N 8.35°E / 46.95; 8.35
Country Switzerland
Canton Nidwalden
District n.a.
 • Total 11.09 km2 (4.28 sq mi)
Elevation 452 m (1,483 ft)
Population (Dec 2015[2])
 • Total 8,277
 • Density 746.3/km2 (1,933.0/sq mi)
Postal code 6370
SFOS number 1509
Surrounded by Buochs, Dallenwil, Ennetbürgen, Ennetmoos, Oberdorf, Stansstad
SFSO statistics
A hotel in Stans

Stans is the capital city of the canton of Nidwalden in Switzerland. It has a population of 7,300 people. The area of Stans is 11 km².

History[change | change source]

Stans was first noted in 1172. In 1798, it was attacked by French troops, followed the decision of Nidwalden not to adapt a new constitution. Children whose parents were killed by this event were gathered by the teacher Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi for his first school. The open-air assembly (Landsgemeinde) was held in Stans each year until 1997.

Sights[change | change source]

The main sights of Stans are:

Other websites[change | change source]

  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 2016