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Coordinates: 47°11′N 7°24′E

Grenchen
Coat of Arms of Grenchen
Country Switzerland
Canton Solothurn
District Lebern
Coordinates47°11′N 7°24′E
Population 16100   (as of 30 June 2007)
Area 26.08 km2 (10.07 sq mi)
Elevation451 m (1,480 ft)
Postal code 2540
SFOS number2546
MayorBoris Banga (SPS)
Surrounded by
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Arch (BE), Bettlach, Büren an der Aare (BE), Court (BE), Lengnau (BE), Romont (BE), Rüti bei Büren (BE), Selzach
Twin townsNeckarsulm (Germany), Sélestat (France)

Grenchen is a municipality 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

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.




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