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Vallorbe

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Vallorbe is a municipality in the district of Jura-Nord Vaudois in the canton of Vaud in Switzerland.HistoryVallorbe is first mentioned in 1139 as de valle urbanensi. In 1148 it was mentioned as de valle urbe.GeographyVallorbe has an area, as of 2009, of 23.2km2. Of this area, 5.12km2 or 22.1% is used for agricultural purposes, while 15.47km2 or 66.7% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 2.17km2 or 9.4% is settled (buildings or roads), 0.28km2 or 1.2% is either rivers or lakes and 0.15km2 or 0.6% is unproductive land.Of the built up area, housing and buildings made up 3.5% and transportation infrastructure made up 4.3%. Out of the forested land, 64.6% of the total land area is heavily forested and 2.2% is covered with orchards or small clusters of trees. Of the agricultural land, 1.4% is used for growing crops and 16.6% is pastures and 3.9% is used for alpine pastures. Of the water in the municipality, 0.4% is in lakes and 0.8% is in rivers and streams.The municipality was part of the Orbe District until it was dissolved on 31 August 2006, and Vallorbe became part of the new district of Jura-Nord Vaudois.The municipality is located on the Swiss-French border. It is surrounded on three sides with mountains and reaches from 610to in elevation. On the east side, the valley opens up due to the Jougnenaz and Orbe rivers. It includes the hamlets of Le Day, Le Creux and Bellevue.
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