|Former municipality of Switzerland|
|• Total||9.74 km2 (3.76 sq mi)|
|Elevation||600 m (2,000 ft)|
|Population (December 2010)|
|• Density||19/km2 (48/sq mi)|
|ISO 3166 code||CH-GL|
|Surrounded by||Braunwald, Elm, Linthal, Luchsingen, Rüti|
Betschwanden is first mentioned in 1240 as in Beswando.
Betschwanden has an area, as of 2006[update], of 9.7 km2 (3.7 sq mi). Of this area, 36% is used for agricultural purposes, while 29.8% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 1.1% is settled (buildings or roads) and the remainder (33.1%) is non-productive (rivers, glaciers or mountains).
Betschwanden has a population (as of 2010) of 182. As of 2007[update], 6.8% of the population was made up of foreign nationals. Over the last 10 years the population has grown at a rate of 9.1%. Most of the population (as of 2000[update]) speaks German (93.0%), with Finnish being the only other language listed in the census ( 0.6%).
The entire Swiss population is generally well educated. In Betschwanden about 72.7% of the population (between age 25-64) have completed either non-mandatory upper secondary education or additional higher education (either University or a Fachhochschule).
Betschwanden has an unemployment rate of 4.75%. As of 2005[update], there were 5 people employed in the primary economic sector and about 2 businesses involved in this sector. No one is employed in the secondary sector and there are no businesses in this sector. 19 people are employed in the tertiary sector, with 7 businesses in this sector.
The historical population is given in the following table:
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