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For the cardiologist, see Eugene Braunwald.
Former municipality of Switzerland
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Coat of arms of Braunwald
Coat of arms
Braunwald is located in Switzerland
Coordinates: 46°56′N 9°00′E / 46.933°N 9.000°E / 46.933; 9.000Coordinates: 46°56′N 9°00′E / 46.933°N 9.000°E / 46.933; 9.000
Country Switzerland
Canton Glarus
District n.a.
 • Total 10.13 km2 (3.91 sq mi)
Elevation 1,256 m (4,121 ft)
Population (December 2013)
 • Total 308
 • Density 30/km2 (79/sq mi)
Postal code 8784
SFOS number 1603
Surrounded by Betschwanden, Linthal, Luchsingen, Muotathal (SZ), Rüti
SFSO statistics

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


Braunwald is first mentioned in 1421 as Brunwald.[1]


View from Braunwald

Braunwald has an area, as of 2006, of 10.1 km2 (3.9 sq mi). Of this area, 43.7% is used for agricultural purposes, while 28.5% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 3.2% is settled (buildings or roads) and the remainder (24.6%) is non-productive (rivers, glaciers or mountains).[2]

It is situated on a terrace above the Linth valley at 1,256 meters (4,121 ft) in the Glarus Alps.


Braunwald has a population (as of 31 December 2013) of 308.[3] As of 2007, 13.0% of the population was made up of foreign nationals.[4] Over the last 10 years the population has decreased at a rate of -25.4%. Most of the population (as of 2000) speaks German (93.6%), with Serbo-Croatian being second most common ( 3.2%) and Dutch being third ( 1.2%).[2]

In the 2007 federal election the most popular party was the SPS which received 57.9% of the vote. Most of the rest of the votes went to the SVP with 38.2% of the vote.[2]

The entire Swiss population is generally well educated. In Braunwald about 70.6% 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]

Braunwald has an unemployment rate of 1.2%. As of 2005, there were 40 people employed in the primary economic sector and about 15 businesses involved in this sector. 20 people are employed in the secondary sector and there are 7 businesses in this sector. 215 people are employed in the tertiary sector, with 28 businesses in this sector.[2]

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

year population
1941 327
1950 402
1960 491
2000 408


Braunwald has an average of 161.3 days of rain per year and on average receives 2,025 mm (79.7 in) of precipitation. The wettest month is August during which time Braunwald receives an average of 206 mm (8.1 in) of precipitation. During this month there is precipitation for an average of 15.4 days. The month with the most days of precipitation is July, with an average of 16, but with only 199 mm (7.8 in) of precipitation. The driest month of the year is October with an average of 120 mm (4.7 in) of precipitation over 15.4 days.[5]

Braunwald is the municipality with the highest annual snowfall in Switzerland.


  1. ^ a b Braunwald 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. ^ Swiss Federal Statistics Office – STAT-TAB Ständige und Nichtständige Wohnbevölkerung nach Region, Geschlecht, Nationalität und Alter (German) accessed 18 August 2014
  4. ^ Canton Glarus population growth (German) accessed 9 September 2009
  5. ^ "Temperature and Precipitation Average Values-Table, 1961-1990" (in German, French, Italian). Federal Office of Meteorology and Climatology - MeteoSwiss. Retrieved 8 May 2009.  , the weather station elevation is 1330 meters above sea level.

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