Search for Swiss Cantons by name or abbreviation.

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Last update: 2021-10-05 14:44:41 UTC


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The easiest way to install the package is by using composer. The package requires PHP 7.4.

composer require "wnx/php-swiss-cantons"


Use the CantonManager Class to interact with this package. Below you find an example how you can use with in the Laravel Framework. Further you find all public API methods for CantonManager and Canton.


use Wnx\SwissCantons\CantonManager;

$cantonManager = new CantonManager();

/** @var \Wnx\SwissCantons\Canton $canton */
$canton = $cantonManager->getByAbbreviation('zh');
$canton = $cantonManager->getByName('Zurigo');
$canton = $cantonManager->getByZipcode(8000);

// "Zürich"
$cantonName = $canton->setLanguage('de')->getName();


Use the CantonManager to find a Canton. It will return a new Instance of Canton or throws an Exception if no Canton could be found for the abbreviation, name or zipcode.


Find a Canton by its abbreviation. See this list for available abbreviations.

$cantonManager = new Wnx\SwissCantons\CantonManager();

/** @var \Wnx\SwissCantons\Canton $canton */
$canton = $cantonManager->getByAbbreviation('GR');


Search for a Canton by it's name. The name must exactly match one of the translations of the Canton (German, French, Italian, Romansh or English).

$cantonManager = new Wnx\SwissCantons\CantonManager();

/** @var \Wnx\SwissCantons\Canton $canton */
$canton = $cantonManager->getByName('Zürich');


Search for a Canton by a zipcode.

$cantonManager = new Wnx\SwissCantons\CantonManager();

/** @var \Wnx\SwissCantons\Canton $canton */
$canton = $cantonManager->getByZipcode(3005);


setLanguage($string = 'en')

Set the language, which should be used to display the name of the canton. The following languages are currently supported.

  • German (de)
  • French (fr)
  • Italian (it)
  • Romansh (rm)
  • English (en, default)

The method returns the current instance of Canton for easier method chaining.



Return the Name for the given Canton. If the method is used without calling the setLanguage() method first, it will return the name in English.

$canton->getName(); // Grisons
$canton->setLanguage('de')->getName(); // Graubünden


Return the offical abbreviation for the given Canton.

$canton->getAbbreviation(); // e.g. ZH


This class is used internally but can also be used in your own project if you need a list of all cantons


Returns an array containg Wnx\SwissCantons\Canton objects.

use Wnx\SwissCantons\Cantons;

$cantons = (new Cantons)->getAll();

getAllAsArray($defaultLanguage = 'en')

Returns a one dimensionl array of all Cantons. The key is the abbreviation. The value will be the translated name of the Canton. The default language is English. Pass one of the valid languages to the method, to localize the names.

use Wnx\SwissCantons\Cantons;

$cantons = (new Cantons)->getAllAsArray('en');

$cantonsAsArray = $cantons->getAllAsArray(); 

// var_dump($cantonsAsArray);
// [
//     'ZH' => 'Zurich', 
//     'GE' => 'Geneva',
//     // ...
// ]


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