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Coat of arms
Coat of arms

Klausen (German pronunciation: [ˈklaʊ̯sn̩]; Italian: Chiusa [ˈkjuːza]; Ladin: Tluses or Tlüses) is a comune (municipality) in South Tyrol in northern Italy, located about 20 kilometres (12 mi) northeast of the city of Bolzano.

Geography


As of 30 November 2010, it had a population of 5,144 and an area of 51.4 square kilometres (19.8 sq mi).[3]

Klausen borders the following municipalities: Feldthurns, Lajen, Sarntal, Vahrn, Villanders and Villnöß.

The municipality of Klausen contains the frazioni (subdivisions, mainly villages and hamlets) Gufidaun (Gudon), Latzfons (Lazfons), and Verdings (Verdignes).

History


Klausen is first mentioned in 1027, in a document issued by emperor Conrad II, as Clausa sub Sabiona sita, meaning chasm below the Säben Abbey.[4]

The emblem represents an argent dexter key on gules. The emblem was used as a seal from 1448, known from 1397 and granted in 1540 by Cardinal Bernhard von Cles, Bishop of Brixen.[5]

Society


According to the 2011 census, 91.30% of the population speak German, 7.88% Italian and 0.81% Ladin as first language.[6]

Twin / associated cities


  • Nuremberg (Germany) since 1970[7]
  • Planegg (Germany) since 2006[8]
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