The city of Bern is the de facto capital of Switzerland, referred to by the Swiss as their (e.g. in German) Bundesstadt, or "federal city".[note 1] With a population of 141,762 (November 2016), Bern is the fourth most populous city in Switzerland. The Bern agglomeration, which includes 36 municipalities, had a population of 406,900 in 2014. The metropolitan area had a population of 660,000 in 2000. Bern is also the capital of the Canton of Bern, the second most populous of Switzerland's cantons.
No archaeological evidence that indicates a settlement on the site of todays city centre prior to the 12th century has been found so far. In antiquity, a Celtic oppidum stood on the Engehalbinsel (peninsula) north of Bern, fortified since the 2nd century BC (late La T?ne period), thought to be one of the twelve oppida of the Helvetii mentioned by Caesar. During the Roman era, there was a Gallo-Roman vicus on the same site. The Bern zinc tablet has the name Brenodor ("dwelling of Breno"). In the Early Middle Ages, there was a settlement in B?mpliz, now a city district of Bern, some 4 km (2 mi) from the medieval city.
The medieval city is a foundation of the Z?hringer ruling family, which rose to power in Upper Burgundy in the 12th century. According to 14th century historiography (Cronica de Berno, 1309), Bern was founded in 1191 by Berthold V, Duke of Z?hringen.
Whether it is helping other countries, celebrities adopting foreign children, or people doing missionary work elsewhere, people always seem to be looking in other places instead of seeing what is right in front of them. The same can be said about history; there is so much history within our area that we do not even realize. We have heard the stories of Jamestown and the lost colony of Roanoke, but we rarely hear the stories that happen afterwards. What some may not know is that North Carolina is home to New Bern, the second oldest town in the United States. Whether you are a native to North Carolina or not, it is remarkable to get to hear some stories surrounding America’s humble beginnings. Although America is considered to be fairly young, without a doubt it has vast deal of history, with the town of New Bern containing a hefty chunk of that history.
The countries of the Union, being equally animated by the desire to protect, in as effective and uniform a manner as possible, the rights of authors in their literary and artistic works, Recognizing the importance of the work of the Revision Conference held at Stockholm in 1967, Have resolved to revise the Act adopted by the Stockholm Conference, while maintaining without change Articles 1 to 20 and 22 to 26 of that Act.
U.S. Embassy Bern offers a full range of consular services to U.S. citizens in Switzerland and Liechtenstein. Many of these services are also available at U.S. Consular Agency Zurich and U.S. Consular Agency Geneva.
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