|Population||788 (Dec 2012)|
|- Density||168 /km2 (434 /sq mi)|
|Area||4.71 km2 (1.82 sq mi)|
|Elevation||637 m (2,090 ft)|
|Surrounded by||Höfen, Thierachern, Thun, Uebeschi, Zwieselberg|
Amsoldingen is first mentioned in 1175 as Ansoltingen.
Amsoldingen has an area, as of 2009[update], of 4.71 km2 (1.82 sq mi). Of this area, 2.84 km2 (1.10 sq mi) or 60.3% is used for agricultural purposes, while1.03 km2 (0.40 sq mi) or 21.9% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 0.35 km2 (0.14 sq mi) or 7.4% is settled (buildings or roads), 0.4 km2 (0.15 sq mi) or 8.5% is either rivers or lakes and 0.07 km2 (17 acres) or 1.5% is unproductive land.
Of the built up area, housing and buildings made up 5.1% and transportation infrastructure made up 2.1%. 20.4% of the total land area is heavily forested and 1.5% is covered with orchards or small clusters of trees. Of the agricultural land, 28.7% is used for growing crops and 27.6% is pastures, while 4.0% is used for orchards or vine crops. All the water in the municipality is in lakes. All the unproductive area is unproductive vegatation.
The village is located approximately 5 kilometers from the city of Thun. The municipality includes the village of Amsoldingen on the Amsoldingersee and scattered farm houses and hamlets. The parish, however, also includes the municipalities of Höfen, Längenbühl and Zwieselberg.
Amsoldingen has a population (as of 31 December 2012) of 788. As of 2007[update], 2.4% of the population was made up of foreign nationals. Over the last 10 years the population has grown at a rate of 1.1%. Most of the population (as of 2000[update]) speaks German (96.6%), with French being second most common (0.7%) and Albanian being third (0.7%).
The age distribution of the population (as of 2000[update]) is children and teenagers (0–19 years old) make up 26.6% of the population, while adults (20–64 years old) make up 58% and seniors (over 64 years old) make up 15.4%. In Amsoldingen about 83.1% of the population (between age 25-64) have completed either non-mandatory upper secondary education or additional higher education (either university or a Fachhochschule).
Amsoldingen has an unemployment rate of 1.41%. As of 2005[update], there were 45 people employed in the primary economic sector and about 18 businesses involved in this sector. 31 people are employed in the secondary sector and there are 14 businesses in this sector. 67 people are employed in the tertiary sector, with 14 businesses in this sector. The historical population is given in the following table:
The community is known for the Amsoldingen Church (in German: Kirche Amsoldingen), the largest Ottonian basilica in the country. Together with the refectory, sexton's house and castle, it is a heritage site of national significance.
- Swiss Federal Statistical Office - STAT-TAB, online database – Datenwürfel für Thema 01.2 - Bevölkerungsstand und -bewegung (German) accessed 29 August 2013
- Arealstatistik Standard - Gemeindedaten nach 4 Hauptbereichen
- Amsoldingen in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland.
- Swiss Federal Statistical Office-Land Use Statistics 2009 data (German) accessed 25 March 2010
- Swiss Federal Statistical Office accessed 16-Jul-2009
- Swiss inventory of cultural property of national and regional significance (1995), p. 102.
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