Aargau (German: Kanton Aargau [ˈaːrɡaʊ] (listen); in Italian and Romansch Argovia; see also other names), more formally the Canton of Aargau, is one of the 26 cantons forming the Swiss Confederation. It is composed of eleven districts and its capital is Aarau.
|Canton of Aargau|
Kanton Aargau (German)
|Capital and largest city||Aarau|
|Subdivisions||213 municipalities, 11 districts|
|• Executive||Executive Council (5)|
|• Legislative||Grand Council (140)|
|• Total||1,403.76 km2 (541.99 sq mi)|
|• Density||490/km2 (1,300/sq mi)|
|ISO 3166 code||CH-AG|
|Highest point||908 m (2,979 ft): Geissfluegrat|
|Lowest point||260 m (853 ft): Rhine at Kaiseraugst|
Aargau is one of the most northerly cantons of Switzerland. It is situated by the lower course of the Aare River, which is why the canton is called Aar-gau (meaning "Aare province"). It is one of the most densely populated regions of Switzerland.