Linthal, Glarus

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Former municipality of Switzerland
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Coat of arms of Linthal
Coat of arms
Linthal is located in Switzerland
Coordinates: 46°55′N 9°00′E / 46.917°N 9.000°E / 46.917; 9.000Coordinates: 46°55′N 9°00′E / 46.917°N 9.000°E / 46.917; 9.000
Country Switzerland
Canton Glarus
District n.a.
 • Total 131.24 km2 (50.67 sq mi)
Elevation 662 m (2,172 ft)
Population (December 2013)
 • Total 1,088
 • Density 8.3/km2 (21/sq mi)
Postal code 8783
SFOS number 1613
Surrounded by Andiast (GR), Betschwanden, Braunwald, Breil/Brigels (GR), Disentis/Mustér (GR), Elm, Muotathal (SZ), Rüti, Silenen (UR), Spiringen (UR), Sumvitg (GR), Trun (GR), Waltensburg/Vuorz (GR)
SFSO statistics

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


Linthal is first mentioned in 1289 as Lintal.[1]



Linthal has an area, as of 2006, of 131.2 km2 (50.7 sq mi). Of this area, 16.9% is used for agricultural purposes, while 15.5% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 0.9% is settled (buildings or roads) and the remainder (66.8%) is non-productive (rivers, glaciers or mountains).[2]

Linthal is located in the upper end of the Grosstal where it enters the Klausen Pass. It is the largest municipality in the Canton of Glarus, and is about 1/5 of the total area in the Canton. The highest point is the summit of the Tödi which is 3,614 m (11,857 ft) above sea level. It consists of the village of Linthal, with the three village sections of Matt, Dorf and Ennetlinth, and the scattered hamlet of Auen.



Linthal has a population (as of 31 December 2013) of 1,088.[3] As of 2007, 11.0% of the population was made up of foreign nationals.[4] Over the last 10 years the population has decreased at a rate of -21.6%. Most of the population (as of 2000) speaks German (84.2%), with Italian being second most common ( 4.0%) and Serbo-Croatian being third ( 2.8%).[2]

In the 2007 federal election the most popular party was the SPS which received 48.7% of the vote. Most of the rest of the votes went to the SVP with 41.7% of the vote.[2]

The entire Swiss population is generally well educated. In Linthal about 52% 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]

Linthal has an unemployment rate of 2.22%. As of 2005, there were 64 people employed in the primary economic sector and about 26 businesses involved in this sector. 128 people are employed in the secondary sector and there are 13 businesses in this sector. 177 people are employed in the tertiary sector, with 41 businesses in this sector.[2]

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

year population
1777 994
1799 1,538
1850 1,745
1880 2,301
1900 1,894
1950 1,741
1960 2,645
1970 1,458
2000 1,200


Linthal railway station is in the village of Linthal, and is the terminus of the Weesen to Linthal railway line. It is the terminus of the hourly Zürich S-Bahn service S25 from Zurich.[5][6]


  1. ^ a b Linthal 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. ^ "S-Bahn trains, buses and boats". ZVV. Retrieved 2014-08-08. 
  6. ^ "Ziegelbrücke–Linthal". Bundesamt für Verkehr. Retrieved 2014-08-08. 

External links[edit]

  • Media related to Linthal at Wikimedia Commons