Facts and Figures

The City of Lucerne is the largest city in the region of Central Switzerland, the capital of the Canton of Lucerne and, with its population of over 57,000, the eighth largest city in Switzerland. Lucerne covers an area of 24.15 km².
Lucerne is located at the north-western end of Lake Lucerne at the outlet of the river Reuss and is the economic and cultural centre of Central Switzerland. The river Reuss separates the old part of Lucerne from the new part. The two parts of the city are connected by the world-famous Chapel Bridge with its water tower – the world’s oldest covered wooden bridge.
Some 50,000 people work in Lucerne in over 4,300 companies. Just under 90 per cent of these jobs are in the service sector. Tourism plays an important part in this regard, with every 9th job depending either directly or indirectly on tourism.
Lucerne City Council (executive) is made up of five members and the parliament (legislative assembly) has 48 seats.
In June 2007, the populations of Lucerne and Littau agreed on a merger. The two municipalities are to merge with effect from 1 January 2010. The “new” City of Lucerne will then have a population of 75,000. Further mergers with, for instance, the municipalities of Emmen, Ebikon, Kriens, Horw and
Adligenswil are currently being discussed. This would make Lucerne the fourth largest city in Switzerland with a population of 150,000.
Culture and tourism
Culture and education are very important in the City of Lucerne. Numerous persons engaged in the cultural sector and cultural institutions are active in Lucerne. The Culture and Convention Centre Lucerne (KKL) and the Lucerne Festivals attract culture enthusiasts and tourists from all around the world. Lucerne also offers a diverse range of high-quality educational opportunities, ranging from primary schools to universities.
Thanks to the readily accessible and picturesque location of Lucerne, nestling on the shore of a lake within sight of Mount Pilatus and Mount Rigi, it has enjoyed a long tradition as a centre of tourism from as far back as 1840 and has today developed into a world-famous tourist destination.
Every year, Lucerne attracts some 4.5 to 5 million visitors and records around 1 million overnight stays.

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