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Lucerne in a few words

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The canton has 403 300 residents, this represents about 5% of the total population of Switzerland. Two third amongst them are roman-catholic.

History

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Lucerne is inhabited since the prehistoric era and is located in the North-West, directly on the verge of the Alps. Being a Benedictine monastry since 750, it was registered under the name of Luciaria for the first time in 840. 

The actual foundation of the city of Lucerne was in about 1200. Although it was allied with the Habsburger during the battle of Mortgarten, it became the first city of the cantons Uri, Schwyz and Unterwalden to become again a member of the confederation in 1332.  

Economy

agriculture

The main part of its area is agriculture, but the service sector of the tourism industry should also be mentioned, since the canton is an area, where a lot of traffic from Germany to Italy is going through and additionally, it adjoins the Lake Lucerne.

The region in numbers

Area in km²
1494
Volume, persons per km²
270
Population
403300
Percentage of foreigners
18.4%
GDP in millions
25558
Admission to confederation
1332
Number of municipalities
83
Unemployment rate in %
2.1%
Active population
222200
Percentage of agricultural area
57.5%