Bernese Mittelland

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The Bernese Mittelland (Bern-Mittelland) is the part of the canton of Berne situated in the Swiss Plateau. Beginning in 2010, it is one of the canton's five administrative divisions.

It has a population of 380,000 (2005 estimate) in 101 municipalities (including the city of Bern itself), comprising an area of 945 km².

It is made up of the valley of the rivers Aare and Emme, some of the foothills of the Bernese Alps, as well as the plain around the capital Bern, and has many small farms and hilly forested regions with small to mid-sized towns scattered throughout. It is perhaps best known by foreigners and visitors for the Emmental. The classic Swiss cheese with holes Emmentaler comes from this region's forests and pastures, of hilly and low mountainous countryside in the 1,000 to 2,000 m (3,300 to 6,600 ft) m range.

Coordinates: 46°57′17″N 7°23′42″E / 46.9546°N 7.3949°E / 46.9546; 7.3949