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Switzerland, officially the Swiss Confederation, is a landlocked Alpine country in Central Europe. It had been a federation, since 1848, of relatively autonomous cantons, some of which have a history of confederacy that goes back more than 700 years, arguably putting them among the world's oldest surviving republics. Switzerland comprises three basic topographical areas namely the Swiss Alps, the Swiss plateau, and the Jura Mountains. Switzerland has four official languages, German in the north and centre, French to the west, Italian in the south and Romansh in the southeast. Switzerland has a strong economy in finance and banking, and a long and strong tradition of political and military neutrality.
Kriens is a Swiss municipality in the district of Lucerne, in canton Lucerne. The municipality lies at the foot of Mount Pilatus, and is a western suburb of Lucerne. A Benedictine Monastery of Luzerne received the area as a present from two noble sisters at about 840 AD. It was a part of the District of Lucerne until 1803, and has belonged to the Authority of Lucerne ever since. Kriens consists of the citified town of diverse districts, the community of Obernau to its west, the hamlet of Hergiswald, 5 kilometers to the west of the town on the road to Eigenthal and numerous independent farmsteads on the slopes of Mount Pilatus. Kriens is situated at an altitude of 490 meters above sea level.
The Kriens-Luzerne Train handled passenger traffic for decades. The Kriens-Mattenhof station opened on the rail line between Luzerne and Interlaken in December 2004. It is, however, closer to Horw than to the town of Kriens. Today Kriens is the third largest municipality in canton Luzerne, and one of the 25 biggest cities and municipalities in Switzerland. As of 2004, it had a population of 25,190 residents living within an area of 27.31 square kilometers. The population speaks a dialect of High Alemannic German, which refers to the Alemanni or Alamanni, a Germanic tribe of the 1st millennium.
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