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Furka (fŏrˈkä) [key], road, S central Switzerland, linking Uri and Valais cantons. Built (1864–66) chiefly for military reasons, it crosses Furka Pass, 7,992 ft (2,436 m) high, in the Alps. A rail line goes through Furka Tunnel (1 mi/1.6 km long), under the pass, to Brig.

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