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Former municipality of Switzerland
Betschwanden Hotelo Poshto kaj preghejo 118.jpg
Coat of arms of Betschwanden
Coat of arms
Betschwanden is located in Switzerland
Coordinates: 46°57′N 9°02′E / 46.950°N 9.033°E / 46.950; 9.033Coordinates: 46°57′N 9°02′E / 46.950°N 9.033°E / 46.950; 9.033
Country Switzerland
Canton Glarus
District n.a.
 • Total 9.74 km2 (3.76 sq mi)
Elevation 600 m (2,000 ft)
Population (December 2010)
 • Total 182
 • Density 19/km2 (48/sq mi)
Postal code 8777
SFOS number 1601
Surrounded by Braunwald, Elm, Linthal, Luchsingen, Rüti
SFSO statistics

Betschwanden is a former municipality in the canton of Glarus in Switzerland. Effective from 1 January 2011, Betschwanden is part of the municipality of Glarus Süd.

Church of Betschwanden


Betschwanden is first mentioned in 1240 as in Beswando.[1]


Betschwanden has an area, as of 2006, 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).[2]

The municipality is located on the right side of the Grosstal near the former municipality of Diesbach, which is now part of Luchsingen.


Betschwanden has a population (as of 2010) of 182. As of 2007, 6.8% of the population was made up of foreign nationals.[3] Over the last 10 years the population has grown at a rate of 9.1%. Most of the population (as of 2000) speaks German (93.0%), with Finnish being the only other language listed in the census ( 0.6%).[2]

In the 2007 federal election the most popular party was the SVP which received 50.7% of the vote. Most of the rest of the votes went to the SPS with 47.9% of the vote.[2]

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).[2]

Betschwanden has an unemployment rate of 4.75%. As of 2005, 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.[2]

The historical population is given in the following table:[1]

year population
1692 123
1850 254
1900 255
1950 282
1980 132
2000 172


Diesbach-Betschwanden railway station is on the Weesen to Linthal railway line. It is served by the hourly Zürich S-Bahn service S25 between Linthal and Zurich.[4][5]


  1. ^ a b Betschwanden in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland.
  2. ^ a b c d e Swiss Federal Statistical Office accessed 10-Sep-2009
  3. ^ Canton Glarus population growth (German) accessed 9 September 2009
  4. ^ "S-Bahn trains, buses and boats". ZVV. Retrieved 2014-08-08. 
  5. ^ "Ziegelbrücke–Linthal". Bundesamt für Verkehr. Retrieved 2014-08-08. 

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