|Population||1,353 (Dec 2012)|
|- Density||18 /km2 (46 /sq mi)|
|Area||77.02 km2 (29.74 sq mi)|
|Elevation||814 m (2,671 ft)|
|Mayor||Klaus Meinen-Roschi (as of 2008)|
|Surrounded by||Diemtigen, Jaun (FR), Oberwil im Simmental, Plaffeien (FR), Saanen, Zweisimmen|
Boltigen is a mixed community, with traits both of a burgese community and a village community. Beside it, there is also a reformed evangelical Church community. The history of the community goes back to 1386 and the so-called Freiheitsbrief von 1386.
The community president is Hermann Maurer, since January 1, 2005.
Boltigen is first mentioned in 1276.
Boltigen has an area, as of 2009[update], of 77.02 km2 (29.74 sq mi). Of this area, 40.82 km2 (15.76 sq mi) or 53.0% is used for agricultural purposes, while 27.22 km2 (10.51 sq mi) or 35.3% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 1.85 km2 (0.71 sq mi) or 2.4% is settled (buildings or roads), 0.42 km2 (0.16 sq mi) or 0.5% is either rivers or lakes and 6.65 km2 (2.57 sq mi) or 8.6% is unproductive land.
Of the built up area, housing and buildings made up 1.0% and transportation infrastructure made up 1.2%. 29.7% of the total land area is heavily forested and 4.6% is covered with orchards or small clusters of trees. Of the agricultural land, 0.0% is used for growing crops and 12.6% is pastures and 40.3% is used for alpine pastures. All the water in the municipality is in rivers and streams. Of the unproductive areas, 5.8% is unproductive vegatation, 2.8% is too rocky for vegatation.
Boltigen lies in the Bernese Oberland in Obersimmental beneath Zweisimmen. The Jaunpass lies in the community's area. The neighbour communities to the North are, clockwise, Oberwil im Simmental, Diemtigen, Zweisimmen, Saanen, Jaun and Plaffeien.
The municipality includes the cooperative farms (Bäuerten) of Boltigen, Adlemsried, Eschi, Oberbäuert (which includes Littisbach and Unterbächen), Reidenbach, Schwarzenmatt, Simmenegg and Weissenbach. The area includes the valley floor around the Simme River, both sides of the valley and the surrounding mountains up to an altitude of 2,235 m (7,333 ft).
Boltigen has a population (as of 31 December 2012) of 1,353. As of 2007[update], 3.1% of the population was made up of foreign nationals. Over the last 10 years the population has decreased at a rate of -5.7%. Most of the population (as of 2000[update]) speaks German (96.9%), with Albanian being second most common ( 1.3%) and French being third ( 0.5%).
In the 2007 election the most popular party was the SVP which received 58.9% of the vote. The next three most popular parties were the FDP (14.5%), the local small left-wing parties (8.2%) and the Green Party (6.9%).
The age distribution of the population (as of 2000[update]) is children and teenagers (0–19 years old) make up 27.9% of the population, while adults (20–64 years old) make up 52.1% and seniors (over 64 years old) make up 20.1%. The entire Swiss population is generally well educated. In Boltigen about 56% of the population (between age 25-64) have completed either non-mandatory upper secondary education or additional higher education (either university or a Fachhochschule).
Boltigen has an unemployment rate of 0.96%. As of 2005[update], there were 293 people employed in the primary economic sector and about 107 businesses involved in this sector. 70 people are employed in the secondary sector and there are 20 businesses in this sector. 136 people are employed in the tertiary sector, with 39 businesses in this sector. The historical population is given in the following table:
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- 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
- Boltigen 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 13-Jul-2009