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Freiburg, or Fribourg, a canton in Switzerland, situated between Berne and Vaud, while small parts of it lie inside the latter, the largest of these looking on the Lake Neufcheitel. The total area of the canton is 644 square miles, and the population is chiefly Catholic. French is spoken by about three-fourths, German by the remainder. Its surface is generally hilly, and in the south there are several peaks of upwards of 6,500 feet. The river Saane runs through the centre from south to north. On it stands Fribourg, the capital, where there is a very fine organ.

Gruyere, where the cheese is made, is in this canton. At Morat, in the north, on the lake of that name, a small body of Swiss defeated Charles the Bold of Burgundy in 1476. Fribourg sends six members to the Federal Assembly.