Matt, Switzerland

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Matt
Former municipality of Switzerland
Matt -
Country Switzerland Coat of Arms of Matt
Canton Glarus
District n.a.
46°58′N 9°10′E / 46.967°N 9.167°E / 46.967; 9.167Coordinates: 46°58′N 9°10′E / 46.967°N 9.167°E / 46.967; 9.167
Population 361 (December 2012)
- Density 9 /km2 (23 /sq mi)
Area 41.27 km2 (15.93 sq mi)
Elevation 831 m (2,726 ft)
• Highest 2610 m - Foostock
• Lowest 805 m -
Postal code 8766
SFOS number 1615
Localities Matt, Trämlingen, Auen, Brumbach Stalden, Weissenberge
Surrounded by Elm, Engi, Flums (SG), Mels (SG), Schwanden
Website www.gemeinde-matt.ch
SFSO statistics
Matt is located in Switzerland
Matt
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Matt is a former municipality in the canton of Glarus in Switzerland. It is located in Sernftal (Sernf valley). Effective from 1 January 2011, Matt is part of the municipality of Glarus Süd.

History[edit]

Matt is first mentioned in 1273 as Mattun.[1]

Geography[edit]

Matt im Sernftal 13. Juli 1811, by Hans Conrad Escher von der Linth

Matt has an area, as of 2006, of 41.3 km2 (15.9 sq mi). Of this area, 39.6% is used for agricultural purposes, while 32.4% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 0.8% is settled (buildings or roads) and the remainder (27.2%) is non-productive (rivers, glaciers or mountains).[2]

Matt is located in the middle Sernf valley at the entrance to the Krauch Valley. It consists of the village of Matt and the mountain hamlet of Weissenberge.

Demographics[edit]

Matt has a population (as of 31 December 2012) of 361.[3] As of 2007, 3.3% of the population was made up of foreign nationals.[4] Over the last 10 years the population has decreased at a rate of -13.4%. Most of the population (as of 2000) speaks German (93.2%), with Albanian being second most common ( 3.7%) and Italian being third ( 1.3%).[2]

In the 2007 federal election the most popular party was the SVP which received 48.6% of the vote. Most of the rest of the votes went to the SPS with 45.8% of the vote.[2]

The entire Swiss population is generally well educated. In Matt about 70.2% of the population (between age 25-64) have completed either non-mandatory upper secondary education or additional higher education (either University or a Fachhochschule).[2]

Matt has an unemployment rate of 0.94%. As of 2005, there were 46 people employed in the primary economic sector and about 19 businesses involved in this sector. 87 people are employed in the secondary sector and there are 5 businesses in this sector. 39 people are employed in the tertiary sector, with 11 businesses in this sector.[2]

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

year population
1777 257
1850 659
1900 690
1950 622
2000 381

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Matt 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

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