|Population||844 (Dec 2012)|
|- Density||7 /km2 (18 /sq mi)|
|Area||120.05 km2 (46.35 sq mi)|
|Elevation||625 m (2,051 ft)|
|Surrounded by||Engelberg (OW), Gadmen, Grindelwald, Guttannen, Hasliberg, Kerns (OW), Meiringen, Schattenhalb, Wolfenschiessen (NW)|
Its coat of arms depicts an eagle wearing an imperial crown.
The name of the municipality is of recent origin and first appeared in print in 1834. It was formed from the farming settlements (Bäuerten) of Grund, Bottigen, Wyler-Schattseite, Wyler-Sonnseite and the agricultural cooperative of Äppigen.
Innertkirchen has an area, as of 2009[update], of 120.05 km2 (46.35 sq mi). Of this area, 18.77 km2 (7.25 sq mi) or 15.6% is used for agricultural purposes, while 24.15 km2 (9.32 sq mi) or 20.1% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 0.92 km2 (0.36 sq mi) or 0.8% is settled (buildings or roads), 1.97 km2 (0.76 sq mi) or 1.6% is either rivers or lakes and 74.18 km2 (28.64 sq mi) or 61.8% is unproductive land.
Of the built up area, housing and buildings made up 0.3% and transportation infrastructure made up 0.3%. 13.8% of the total land area is heavily forested. Of the agricultural land, 2.4% is pastures and 13.2% is used for alpine pastures. All the water in the municipality is in rivers and streams. Of the unproductive areas, 11.5% is unproductive vegetation, 29.0% is too rocky for vegetation and 21.3% of the land is covered by glaciers.
Innertkirchen has a population (as of 31 December 2012) of 844. As of 2007[update], 4.4% of the population was made up of foreign nationals. Over the last 10 years the population has decreased at a rate of -6.9%. Most of the population (as of 2000[update]) speaks German (95.4%), with Portuguese being second most common (1.1%) and Italian being third (0.6%).
The age distribution of the population (as of 2000[update]) is children and teenagers (0–19 years old) make up 24% of the population, while adults (20–64 years old) make up 56.3% and seniors (over 64 years old) make up 19.7%. The entire Swiss population is generally well educated. In Innertkirchen about 71.2% of the population (between age 25-64) have completed either non-mandatory upper secondary education or additional higher education (either university or a Fachhochschule).
Innertkirchen has an unemployment rate of 0.47%. As of 2005[update], there were 127 people employed in the primary economic sector and about 39 businesses involved in this sector. 252 people are employed in the secondary sector and there are 16 businesses in this sector. 150 people are employed in the tertiary sector, with 35 businesses in this sector. The historical population is given in the following table:
Innertkirchen is the terminus of the local Meiringen-Innertkirchen Bahn narrow-gauge railway, which links the village with Meiringen railway station in the nearby town of Meiringen. Connection can be made here with the Brünigbahn railway from Interlaken to Lucerne.
- 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
- Innertkirchen 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 10-Jul-2009
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- (German) http://www.innertkirchen.ch - official site
- Dubler, A-M: Innertkirchen in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland, 2006-05-01.