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Coat of arms of Adliswil
Coat of arms
Adliswil is located in Switzerland
Coordinates: 47°19′N 8°32′E / 47.317°N 8.533°E / 47.317; 8.533Coordinates: 47°19′N 8°32′E / 47.317°N 8.533°E / 47.317; 8.533
Country Switzerland
Canton Zurich
District Horgen
 • Executive Stadtrat
with 7 members
 • Mayor Stadtpräsident
Harald Huber
(as of March 2014)
 • Parliament Gemeinderat
with 36 members
 • Total 7.77 km2 (3.00 sq mi)
Elevation 435 m (1,427 ft)
Population (Dec 2013[2])
 • Total 18,216
 • Density 2,300/km2 (6,100/sq mi)
Postal code 8134
SFOS number 0131
Surrounded by Kilchberg, Langnau am Albis, Rüschlikon, Stallikon, Zurich
SFSO statistics
Adliswil with the Üetliberg ridge behind

Adliswil is a municipality in the district of Horgen in the canton of Zürich in Switzerland.


Adliswil is first mentioned in 1050 as Adelenswile. In the second half of the 12th Century it was mentioned as Adololdiswile and in 1248 as Adeloswile.[3]

Under the Helvetic Republic, the hamlet of Buchenegg was transferred to the municipality of Stallikon. In 1893 the town sections of Oberleimbach and Sood were added to Adliswil.


Adliswil has an area of 7.8 km2 (3.0 sq mi). Of this area, 23.4% is used for agricultural purposes, while 32.1% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 42.9% is settled (buildings or roads) and the remainder (1.7%) is non-productive (rivers, glaciers or mountains).[4] In 1996 housing and buildings made up 32.6% of the total area, while transportation infrastructure made up the rest (10.4%).[5] Of the total unproductive area, water (streams and lakes) made up 1.7% of the area. As of 2007 38.3% of the total municipal area was undergoing some type of construction.[5]

It is located in the region of Zimmerberg, within the valley of the Sihl river to the south of the city of Zürich, next to the localities of Kilchberg, Rüschlikon, Langnau am Albis and on the other hand Stallikon pertaining this to the district of Affoltern.


Adliswil has a population (as of 2007) of 15,959, of which 26.7% are foreign nationals. As of 2008 the gender distribution of the population was 49.6% male and 50.4% female. Over the last 10 years the population has grown at a rate of 4%. Most of the population (as of 2000) speaks German (80.9%), with Italian being second most common ( 4.9%) and English being third ( 2.5%).

In the 2007 election the most popular party was the SVP which received 36.2% of the vote. The next three most popular parties were the SPS (21.4%), the FDP (13.4%) and the CVP (9.9%).

The age distribution of the population (as of 2000) is children and teenagers (0–19 years old) make up 20.2% of the population, while adults (20–64 years old) make up 64.5% and seniors (over 64 years old) make up 15.4%. In Adliswil about 75.5% of the population (between age 25-64) have completed either non-mandatory upper secondary education or additional higher education (either university or a Fachhochschule). There are 7,573 households in Adliswil.[5]

Adliswil has an unemployment rate of 2.72%. As of 2005, there were 57 people employed in the primary economic sector and about 9 businesses involved in this sector. 832 people are employed in the secondary sector and there are 118 businesses in this sector. 4,049 people are employed in the tertiary sector, with 543 businesses in this sector.[4] As of 2007 55.6% of the working population were employed full-time, and 44.4% were employed part-time.[5]

The historical population is given in the following table:[3]

year population
1401 18 householdsa
1634 315 b
1836 941
1900 4,714
1941 5,105
1950 6,240
2000 15,822
^a 18 households in the villages of Adliswil, Oberleimbach and Rufers.
^b of the 315 inhabitants, 156 lived in individual, scattered homes, not in the village.


Church in Adliswil, from the Luftseilbahn Adliswil-Felsenegg

As of 2008 there were 5,275 Catholics and 4,999 Protestants in Adliswil. In the 2000 census, religion was broken down into several smaller categories. From the 2000 census, 38.6% were some type of Protestant, with 36.2% belonging to the Swiss Reformed Church and 2.4% belonging to other Protestant churches. 35.5% of the population were Catholic. Of the rest of the population, 5% were Muslim, 7.8% belonged to another religion (not listed), 3.8% did not give a religion, and 13.2% were atheist or agnostic.[5] The Sri Sivasubramaniar Temple is situated in the Sihl Valley .


Adliswil is the only town in the canton of Zürich which prides itself on having a cablecar (Felseneggbahn) which connects the town to the Felsenegg on the edge of the town. Adliswil railway station is a stop of the S-Bahn Zürich on the line S4 and is a 15 minute ride from Zürich Hauptbahnhof. The Zimmerberg bus line (Zimmerbergbus), provided by the Sihltal Zürich Uetliberg Bahn (SZU), connects the Zimmerberg region and parts of the Sihl valley. The ZVV bus lines 184 and 185 provide an excellent connection to Zurich (Wollishofen) and a ZVV night bus services a brilliant connection with the Zurich city centre.


  1. ^ Arealstatistik Standard - Gemeindedaten nach 4 Hauptbereichen
  2. ^ Canton of Zurich Statistical Office (German) accessed 11 March 2014
  3. ^ a b Adliswil in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland.
  4. ^ a b Swiss Federal Statistical Office accessed 07-Aug-2009
  5. ^ a b c d e Statistics Zurich (German) accessed 4 August 2009

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