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Coordinates: 47°02′N 9°04′E

Coat of Arms of Glarus
Country Switzerland
Canton Glarus
District n.a.
Coordinates47°02′N 9°04′E
Population 5686   (as of December 2003)
Area 69.23 km2 (26.73 sq mi)
Elevation472 m (1,549 ft)
Postal code 8750
SFOS number1609
Surrounded by
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Ennenda, Innerthal (SZ), Luchsingen, Mitlödi, Muotathal (SZ), Näfels, Netstal, Riedern, Schwanden, Schwändi
Twin townsNew Glarus (Wisconsin), Kobryn (Belarus)

Glarus (German: Loudspeaker.png Glarus (info • help)) is the capital of the Canton of Glarus in Switzerland.

Glarus lies on the Linth River at the foot of the Glärnisch foothills. The municipality has about 57,00 people.


The first mention of the town is from 1178.

It became the capital of the Linth valley in 1419. In the 1700s and 1800s, the valley began to be industrialized.

In 1864, the first European labor law to protect workers was introduced in Glarus, prohibiting requiring workers to work more than 12 hours a day.


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