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Fribourg is the capital of the Swiss canton of Fribourg and the district of Sarine. It is located on both sides of the river Saane/Sarine, on the Swiss plateau, and is an important economic, administrative and educational center on the cultural border between German and French Switzerland . Its Old City, one of the best maintained in Switzerland, sits on a small rocky hill above the valley of the Sarine.GeographyFribourg has an elevation of , and is situated southwest of Bern. It is located on the Swiss plateau, and extends on both sides of the Saane/Sarine River, which, in the vicinity of Fribourg, has cut deeply into the molasse. The Old City is located on a hill, only about wide, which rises about above the valley floor. Most quarters of the city are located on the High Plateau and the surrounding hills, which have an average elevation of. The valley floor is only settled in the area immediately around the Old City.Fribourg has an area, as of 2009, of 9.3km2. Of this area, 1.25km2 or 13.4% is used for agricultural purposes, while 1.58km2 or 17.0% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 5.89km2 or 63.3% is settled, 0.53km2 or 5.7% is either rivers or lakes and 0.07km2 or 0.8% is unproductive land.Of the built up area, industrial buildings made up 4.5% of the total area while housing and buildings made up 34.5% and transportation infrastructure made up 15.2%. Power and water infrastructure as well as other special developed areas made up 1.6% of the area while parks, green belts and sports fields made up 7.5%. Out of the forested land, 14.4% of the total land area is heavily forested and 2.6% is covered with orchards or small clusters of trees. Of the agricultural land, 6.9% is used for growing crops and 6.0% is pastures. Of the water in the municipality, 1.7% is in lakes and 4.0% is in rivers and streams.
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