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Bellinzona
Coat of arms of Bellinzona
Coat of arms
Country Switzerland
Canton Ticino
District Bellinzona
Area
 • Total 19.15 km2 (7.39 sq mi)
Elevation 238 m (781 ft)
Population (Dec 2012 )
 • Total 17,744
 • Density 926.58/km2 (2,399.8/sq mi)
Postal code 6500
Localities Artore, Carasso, Daro, Ravecchia
Surrounded by Arbedo-Castione, Giubiasco, Gorduno, Monte Carasso, Pianezzo, Sant'Antonio

Bellinzona ([bɛllin'dzoːna] in French Bellinzone [bɛlɛ̃'zon] and Bilitio [bi'litsjo] in Latin) is the capital of the Swiss Canton of Ticino. Its German name Bellenz ['belents] is no longer in use. With about 17.300 people living there, it is the second biggest city of the canton (after Lugano, with about 52.000 people).

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