Canton of Uri

The canton of Uri (German: Kanton Uri [ˈuːʁi] (listen)) is one of the 26 cantons of Switzerland and a founding member of the Swiss Confederation. It is located in Central Switzerland. The canton's territory covers the valley of the Reuss between the St. Gotthard Pass and Lake Lucerne.

Uri
Canton of Uri
Kanton Uri  (German)
Location in Switzerland
Map of Uri

Coordinates: 46°47′N 8°37′E
CapitalAltdorf
Subdivisions19 municipalities
Government
  ExecutiveRegierungsrat (7)
  LegislativeLandrat (64)
Area
  Total1,076.56 km2 (415.66 sq mi)
Population
 (December 2020)[2]
  Total36,819
  Density34/km2 (89/sq mi)
ISO 3166 codeCH-UR
Highest point3,630 m (11,909 ft): Dammastock
Lowest point434 m (1,424 ft): Lake Lucerne
Joined1291
LanguagesGerman
Websitewww.ur.ch
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The official language of Uri is (the Swiss variety of Standard) German, but the main spoken dialect is the Alemannic Swiss German called Urner German [de].

Uri was once the only canton where the children in school had to learn Italian as their first foreign language, but in the school year of 2005/2006 this was changed to English, as in other Central and Northeastern Swiss cantons. The population is about 35,000 of which 3,046 (or 8.7%) are foreigners.[3]

The legendary William Tell is said to have hailed from Uri. The historical landmark Rütli lies within the canton of Uri.


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