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Gland

Gland is a municipality in the district of Nyon in the canton of Vaud in Switzerland.HistoryGland is known to have been a prehistoric settlement. During the Roman period a farm called Villa Glanis was there. Until the 1960s, Gland was merely a small farming village (essentially vineyards and cattle).Gland is first mentioned around 994 -1049 as de Glans.In 1923 Gland provided the venue for the European Division meeting of the Seventh-day Adventists, where the German Adventist leaders said they regarded whether to serve as combatant in times of war was a matter which should be left to the conscience of individual members of their church.In the 1930s, the Toblerone line, a defensive line, was built along the western edge of Gland, stretching from Lac Léman towards the Jura mountains. Its purpose was to stop a tank invasion from the west.The opening of the highway linking Geneva with Lausanne brought many commuters to this once-quiet place. It is only since the mid-1980s that Gland has started to grow into a town with its own businesses and shopping centers.GeographyGland has an area, as of 2009, of 8.3km2. Of this area, 3.81km2 or 45.8% is used for agricultural purposes, while 1.22km2 or 14.7% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 3.33km2 or 40.0% is settled (buildings or roads), 0.01km2 or 0.1% is either rivers or lakes.
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