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Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

Swiss capital, probably originally from PIE root *ber- "marshy place," but by folk etymology from German Bär "bear" (compare Berlin). Related: Bernese.

Bern, KS -- U.S. city in Kansas
Population (2000): 204
Housing Units (2000): 102
Land area (2000): 0.272460 sq. miles (0.705669 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 0.272460 sq. miles (0.705669 sq. km)
FIPS code: 06275
Located within: Kansas (KS), FIPS 20
Location: 39.962710 N, 95.970759 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 66408
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Bern, KS

The city of Bern or Berne (; ; ; Bernese German: Bärn ) is the de facto capital of Switzerland, referred to by the Swiss as their (e.g. in German) Bundesstadt, or " federal city". With a population of 141,107 (April 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.

The official language of Bern is (the Swiss variety of Standard) German, but the most spoken language is an Alemannic Swiss German dialect, Bernese German.

In 1983, the historic old town in the centre of Bern became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Bern is ranked among the world’s top ten cities for the best quality of life (2010).

Bern (disambiguation)

Bern or Berne may refer to:

Usage examples of "bern".

And what if Ecca rode back and the ships were gone because Bern had told them it was wiser to cast off?

A waste of time, some had thoughtand the same had been said about Bern and Ecca going into Esferth, once they had learned about the fair.

Riding in darkness before the first moon rose, Bern Thorkellson thought bitterly about the bonds of family.

And Bern had stolen the grey horse that was to be burned with the governor tomorrow.

He could have been in his straw right now, Bern thought, a little desperately.

A woman ought not to watch like this, Bern thought, tasting his fear again.

A fleeing stranger, Bern was certain, would be happily seized to be questioned at leisure.

Though this was where Bern saw his own chance lying, small as it might be.

Something rare came into Bern Thorkellson in that moment, with the deriding, confident voice and a memory of this man the night before.

The first angled blow was heavy as a battle-hammer and Bern barely got his own blade across his body and in front of it.

Gyllir rocked with it, Bern gasped with the force, pulled the horse back to his right in the sea, by reflex, more than anything.

He propped Bern against the wall for a moment, braced him with his good shoulder, and tied his trouser drawstrings, to let him be decent, at least.

He looked at Bern by moonlight and spent a moment working out how old his son was.

Thorkell knew he ought to leave, before Bern opened his eyes, but it was oddly difficult to move away.

And if not, what would happen if he returned to the ships after Bern did and asked why his companion had left without him?