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Canton of Switzerland
Coat of arms of Vaud
Coat of arms
Map of Switzerland, location of Vaud highlighted
 • Total 3,212 km2 (1,240 sq mi)
Area rank 4th
Population (2004)
 • Total 657,700
 • Rank 3rd
 • Density 204.76/km2 (530.33/sq mi)
Highest point 3,210 m (10,531 ft) - Les Diablerets
Joined 1803
Abbreviation VD
Languages French

Vaud is a canton of Switzerland. It borders the cantons of Geneva, Neuchâtel, Fribourg, Berne and Valais (west to east). The capital city is Lausanne. About 650,000 people live in the canton. Of these, about 125,000 live in Lausanne. About 82% of the population speak French as their first language.


Between 1803 and 2007, the canton of Vaud was formed out of 19 districts:

But since 2008, there is only 10 districts.

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