Conthey (district)

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Conthey
District de Conthey
District
Location of Conthey
Country   Switzerland
Canton  Valais
Capital Conthey
Area
 • Total 234.2 km2 (90.4 sq mi)
Population (2012)
 • Total 25,377
 • Density 110/km2 (280/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Municipalities 5

The district of Conthey (French: District de Conthey, German: Bezirk Gundis) is an administrative district in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. It has a population of 25,377 (as of 31 December 2012).[1]

The Conthey district was created as the 13th district of the Valais as the canton joined the restored Swiss Confederacy in 1815, accounting for the thirteen stars in the coat of arms of Valais.

Municipalities[edit]

It contains the following municipalities:

Municipality Population
(31 December 2012)[1]
Area
km²
[2]
Ardon 2,842 20.35
Chamoson 3,286 32.47
Conthey 8,054 84.98
Nendaz 6,005 86.01
Vétroz 5,190 10.45
Total 25,377 234.26

Coat of arms[edit]

The blazon of the municipal coat of arms is Argent, two Lions rampant combatant Gules holding together a Sword Or inverted.[3]

Demographics[edit]

Conthey has a population (as of December 2012) of 25,377.[1] Most of the population (as of 2000) speaks French (18,197 or 90.6%) as their first language, German is the second most common (533 or 2.7%) and Portuguese is the third (485 or 2.4%). There are 266 people who speak Italian and 4 people who speak Romansh.[4]

As of 2008, the gender distribution of the population was 49.6% male and 50.4% female. The population was made up of 9,234 Swiss men (39.3% of the population) and 2,426 (10.3%) non-Swiss men. There were 9,769 Swiss women (41.6%) and 2,066 (8.8%) non-Swiss women.[5] Of the population in the district 9,952 or about 49.5% were born in Conthey and lived there in 2000. There were 4,710 or 23.4% who were born in the same canton, while 1,848 or 9.2% were born somewhere else in Switzerland, and 2,845 or 14.2% were born outside of Switzerland.[4]

As of 2000, there were 7,876 people who were single and never married in the district. There were 10,191 married individuals, 1,227 widows or widowers and 800 individuals who are divorced.[4]

There were 2,070 households that consist of only one person and 565 households with five or more people. Out of a total of 7,937 households that answered this question, 26.1% were households made up of just one person and there were 113 adults who lived with their parents. Of the rest of the households, there are 2,100 married couples without children, 2,908 married couples with children There were 456 single parents with a child or children. There were 86 households that were made up of unrelated people and 204 households that were made up of some sort of institution or another collective housing.[4][6]

The historical population is given in the following chart:[7]

Politics[edit]

In the 2007 federal election the most popular party was the CVP which received 36.42% of the vote. The next three most popular parties were the FDP (27.87%), the SP (14.67%) and the SVP (12.75%). In the federal election, a total of 9,538 votes were cast, and the voter turnout was 63.0%.[8]

In the 2009 Conseil d'Etat/Staatsrat election a total of 8,362 votes were cast, of which 552 or about 6.6% were invalid. The voter participation was 55.5%, which is similar to the cantonal average of 54.67%.[9]

In the 2007 Swiss Council of States election election a total of 9,418 votes were cast, of which 609 or about 6.5% were invalid. The voter participation was 62.5%, which is similar to the cantonal average of 59.88%.[10]

Religion[edit]

From the 2000 census, 16,802 or 83.6% were Roman Catholic, while 856 or 4.3% belonged to the Swiss Reformed Church. Of the rest of the population, there were 96 members of an Orthodox church (or about 0.48% of the population), there were 16 individuals (or about 0.08% of the population) who belonged to the Christian Catholic Church, and there were 207 individuals (or about 1.03% of the population) who belonged to another Christian church. There were 6 individuals (or about 0.03% of the population) who were Jewish, and 506 (or about 2.52% of the population) who were Islamic. There were 27 individuals who were Buddhist, 16 individuals who were Hindu and 20 individuals who belonged to another church. 709 (or about 3.53% of the population) belonged to no church, are agnostic or atheist, and 934 individuals (or about 4.65% of the population) did not answer the question.[4]

Education[edit]

In Conthey about 6,685 or (33.3%) of the population have completed non-mandatory upper secondary education, and 1,858 or (9.2%) have completed additional higher education (either University or a Fachhochschule). Of the 1,858 who completed tertiary schooling, 63.9% were Swiss men, 27.3% were Swiss women, 5.4% were non-Swiss men and 3.4% were non-Swiss women.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Swiss Federal Statistics Office – STAT-TAB Ständige und Nichtständige Wohnbevölkerung nach Region, Geschlecht, Nationalität und Alter (German) accessed 17 September 2013
  2. ^ Swiss Federal Statistical Office-Land Use Statistics 2009 data (German) accessed 25 March 2010
  3. ^ Flags of the World.com accessed 24-August-2011
  4. ^ a b c d e f STAT-TAB Datenwürfel für Thema 40.3 - 2000 (German) accessed 2 February 2011
  5. ^ Ständige Wohnbevolkerung nach Geschlecht und Heimat am 31.12.2009.xls (German) (French) accessed 24 August 2011
  6. ^ Swiss Federal Statistical Office STAT-TAB - Datenwürfel für Thema 09.2 - Gebäude und Wohnungen (German) accessed 28 January 2011
  7. ^ Swiss Federal Statistical Office STAT-TAB Bevölkerungsentwicklung nach Region, 1850-2000 (German) accessed 29 January 2011
  8. ^ Swiss Federal Statistical Office, Nationalratswahlen 2007: Stärke der Parteien und Wahlbeteiligung, nach Gemeinden/Bezirk/Canton (German) accessed 28 May 2010
  9. ^ Staatsratswahlen vom 1. März 2009 (German) accessed 24 August 2011
  10. ^ Ständeratswahl 2007 (German) accessed 24 August 2011

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Coordinates: 46°12′17″N 7°16′42″E / 46.20472°N 7.27833°E / 46.20472; 7.27833