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Canton of Switzerland
Coat of arms of Vaud
Coat of arms
Map of Switzerland, location of Vaud highlighted
Location in Switzerland
Capital Lausanne
Subdivisions 382 municipalities, 19 districts
 • Executive Conseil d'État (7)
 • Legislative Grand Conseil (150)
 • Total 3,211.94 km2 (1,240.14 sq mi)
Population (12/2016)[2]
 • Total 784,822
 • Density 244.3452/km2 (632.8511/sq mi)
ISO 3166 code CH-VD
Highest point 3,210 m (10,531 ft): Les Diablerets
Joined 1803
Languages French

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 650,000 people live in the canton. Of these, about 125,000 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 (in German) accessed 30 August 2017