Vaud

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Canton de Vaud
Coat of arms of Canton de Vaud
Coat of arms
Map of Switzerland, location of Vaud highlighted
Location in Switzerland
Map of Vaud

Karte Kanton Waadt 2010.png
Coordinates: 46°37′N 6°33′E / 46.617°N 6.550°E / 46.617; 6.550Coordinates: 46°37′N 6°33′E / 46.617°N 6.550°E / 46.617; 6.550
CapitalLausanne
Largest CityLausanne
Subdivisions339 municipalities, 10 districts
Government
 • ExecutiveConseil d’État (7)
 • LegislativeGrand Council (150)
Area
 • Total3,211.94 km2 (1,240.14 sq mi)
Population
 (12/2017)[2]
 • Total793,129
 • Density250/km2 (640/sq mi)
ISO 3166 codeCH-VD
Highest point3,210 m (10,531 ft): Diablerets
Lowest point372 m (1,220 ft): Lake Leman
Joined1803
LanguagesFrench
WebsiteVD.ch

Vaud is a canton of Switzerland. It borders the cantons of Geneva, Neuchâtel, Fribourg, Berne and Valais (west to east). The capital city is Lausanne. About 790,000 people live in the canton. Of these, about 138,000 live in Lausanne. About 82% of the population speak French as their first language.

Districts[change | change source]

Between 1803 and 2007, the canton of Vaud was formed out of 19 districts:


But since 2008, there is only 10 districts.



  1. Arealstatistik Land Cover - Kantone und Grossregionen nach 6 Hauptbereichen accessed 27 October 2017
  2. Swiss Federal Statistical Office - STAT-TAB, online database – Ständige und nichtständige Wohnbevölkerung nach institutionellen Gliederungen, Geburtsort und Staatsangehörigkeit (German) accessed 17 September 2018