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Former municipality of Switzerland
Luchsingen -
Country Switzerland Coat of Arms of Luchsingen
Canton Glarus
District n.a.
46°58′N 9°02′E / 46.967°N 9.033°E / 46.967; 9.033Coordinates: 46°58′N 9°02′E / 46.967°N 9.033°E / 46.967; 9.033
Population 1,119 (December 2012)
- Density 36 /km2 (94 /sq mi)
Area 30.76 km2 (11.88 sq mi)
Elevation 572 m (1,877 ft)
Postal code 8775
SFOS number 1614
Surrounded by Betschwanden, Braunwald, Elm, Glarus, Haslen, Leuggelbach, Muotathal (SZ), Nidfurn, Schwanden
SFSO statistics
Luchsingen is located in Switzerland

Luchsingen is a former municipality in the canton of Glarus in Switzerland. Since 2004 the former municipalities of Hätzingen and Diesbach have been part of Luchsingen. Effective from 1 January 2011, Luchsingen is part of the municipality of Glarus Süd.


Luchsingen is first mentioned in 1274 as Luchsingen.[1]


Luchsingen has an area, as of 2006, of 30.7 km2 (11.9 sq mi). Of this area, 26.9% is used for agricultural purposes, while 31.8% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 2% is settled (buildings or roads) and the remainder (39.4%) is non-productive (rivers, glaciers or mountains).[2]

Luchsingen is located in the Glarner Hinterland on the left side of the Grosstal. It consists of the village of Luchsingen, the hamlet of Adlenbach and the vacation home development of Schlatt. Since 2004 the former municipalities of Hätzingen and Diesbach have been part of Luchsingen.

Oberblegisee is located in the former municipality.


Luchsingen has a population (as of 31 December 2012) of 1,119.[3] As of 2007, 16.7% of the population was made up of foreign nationals.[4] Over the last 10 years the population has decreased at a rate of -9.5%. Most of the population (as of 2000) speaks German (84.5%), with Italian being second most common ( 4.4%) and Turkish being third ( 2.1%).[2]

In the 2007 federal election the most popular party was the SPS which received 44.3% of the vote. Most of the rest of the votes went to the SVP with 40.8% of the vote.[2]

The entire Swiss population is generally well educated. In Luchsingen about 67.5% 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]

Luchsingen has an unemployment rate of 1.93%. As of 2005, there were 47 people employed in the primary economic sector and about 21 businesses involved in this sector. 23 people are employed in the secondary sector and there are 11 businesses in this sector. 135 people are employed in the tertiary sector, with 29 businesses in this sector.[2]

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

year population
1850 652
1900 789
1950 768
2000 592


Luchsingen-Hätzingen railway station is on the Weesen to Linthal railway line. It is served by a regional train between Rapperswil and Linthal.


The surname Luchsinger (sometimes Lucksinger) is assumed to stem from this location.[5]


  1. ^ a b Luchsingen 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 29 August 2013
  4. ^ Canton Glarus population growth (German) accessed 9 September 2009
  5. ^ History of the Glarus Families - The Luchsingers

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