In Germany, 16 May 1816 – 20th century, a unit of length, approximately 31.385 centimeters (about 12.36 inches). In the 19th century called the Prussian or Rhenish Fuss.
United Nations, 1966.
In Austria, a unit of length. Article 4 of the law¹ establishing the metric system in Austria specified that the Fuss was equivalent to 31.6081 centimeters (about 12.44 inches). The Fuss was subdivided into 12 Zolls.
1. Gesetz of 23 July 1871, R.G.B 1872, No. 16. The law is reproduced in
Das Mass- und Gewichtwesen und der Richdienst in Österreich.
Volume 13 of Taschenausgabe de österreichischen Gesetze.
Vienna: Munz'sche k. u. k. Hof- Verlags- und Universitats-Buchhandlung, 1900.
In Switzerland, a unit of length, 30 centimeters (about 11.81 inches). Also called a Schuh. The same unit was called a Stab in Germany.
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