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Sierre
Sierre-Lac.jpg
Coat of arms of Sierre
Coat of arms
Country Switzerland
Canton Valais
District Sierre
Area
 • Total 19.18 km2 (7.41 sq mi)
Elevation 533 m (1,749 ft)
Population (Dec 2015 )
 • Total 16,711
 • Density 871.27/km2 (2,256.6/sq mi)
Postal code 3960
Surrounded by Chalais, Anniviers, Chermignon, Chippis, Grône, Lens, Montana, Randogne, Saint-Léonard, Salgesch, Venthône, Veyras
Twin towns

Sierre is the capital of the district of Sierre in the canton of Valais in Switzerland.

Sierre from Crans Montana
Sierre seen from Crans-Montana.

It has a population of 14,355. It is situated at the language border of the German-speaking upper part of the "Wallis" and the French-speaking "Valais". This city counts as one of the three official bilingual towns in Switzerland. Sierre is starting point for the tourist sites of the Val d'Anniviers including the villages of Vercorin, Chandolin, St-Luc Vissoie, St-Jean Chandolin, Grimentz, Zinal and Ayer. Sierre is connected with Crans-Montana by a cable car.

At the beginning of the 20th century, Sierre became economically important as very early aluminium smelting is enabled by its access to hydroelectricity.

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