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Grenchen
Grenchen
Grenchen
Coat of arms of Grenchen
Coat of arms
Country Switzerland
Canton Solothurn
District Lebern
Area
 • Total 26.01 km2 (10.04 sq mi)
Elevation
451 m (1,480 ft)
Population
 (Dec 2015 )
 • Total 16,741
 • Density 643.64/km2 (1,667.0/sq mi)
Postal code
2540
Surrounded by Arch (BE), Bettlach, Büren an der Aare (BE), Court (BE), Lengnau (BE), Romont (BE), Rüti bei Büren (BE), Selzach
Twin towns Neckarsulm (Germany), Sélestat (France)

Grenchen (French: Granges) is a city 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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