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Swiss Confederation
Western Europe
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Lugano is a city in southern Switzerland in the Italian-speaking canton of Ticino bordering Italy. It has a population (as of December 2016) of 63,932, and an urban agglomeration of over 145,000. The city lies on Lake Lugano, surrounded by the mountains of the Lugano Prealps.

Following on from the establishment of Ticino University (1996), many specialised research institutes arrived, including the new Swiss National Supercomputing Centre, and this has allowed Lugano to play a key role in research and in the knowledge society.

In Lugano, Switzerland, a partnership between Swiss Post, EOC hospital group and the drone manufacturer Matternet was established to deliver laboratory samples and urgently needed medication between two hospitals (Ospedale Italiano and Ospedale Civico) using drones. More than 100 test flights have already been operated since the beginning of the project in March 2017.