Morschach

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Morschach
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Coat of arms of Morschach
Coat of arms
Morschach is located in Switzerland
Morschach
Morschach
Coordinates: 46°58′N 8°37′E / 46.967°N 8.617°E / 46.967; 8.617Coordinates: 46°58′N 8°37′E / 46.967°N 8.617°E / 46.967; 8.617
Country Switzerland
Canton Schwyz
District Schwyz
Area[1]
 • Total 20.81 km2 (8.03 sq mi)
Elevation 650 m (2,130 ft)
Population (Dec 2013[2])
 • Total 1,105
 • Density 53/km2 (140/sq mi)
Postal code 6443
SFOS number 1366
Surrounded by Ingenbohl, Muotathal, Riemenstalden, Seelisberg (UR), Sisikon (UR), Schwyz
Website www.morschach.ch
SFSO statistics

Morschach is a municipality in Schwyz District in the canton of Schwyz in Switzerland.

History[edit]

Morschach is first mentioned in 1261 as Morsacho.[3]

Geography[edit]

Morschach

Morschach has an area, as of 2006, of 20.8 km2 (8.0 sq mi). Of this area, 52.3% is used for agricultural purposes, while 36.2% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 2.9% is settled (buildings or roads) and the remainder (8.6%) is non-productive (rivers, glaciers or mountains).[4]

The municipality is located on a glacier moraine above the Lake of Lucerne. It consists of the village of Morschach and includes the summer and winter sport center at Stoos.

Demographics[edit]

Morschach has a population (as of 31 December 2013) of 1,105.[2] As of 2007, 14.7% of the population was made up of foreign nationals.[5] Over the last 10 years the population has grown at a rate of 9.3%. Most of the population (as of 2000) speaks German (89.0%), with Serbo-Croatian being second most common ( 2.0%) and Portuguese being third ( 1.7%).[4]

As of 2000 the gender distribution of the population was 54.4% male and 45.6% female. The age distribution, as of 2008, in Morschach is; 274 people or 28.6% of the population is between 0 and 19. 331 people or 34.6% are 20 to 39, and 247 people or 25.8% are 40 to 64. The senior population distribution is 67 people or 7.0% are 65 to 74. There are 36 people or 3.8% who are 70 to 79 and 3 people or 0.31% of the population who are over 80.[5]

As of 2000 there are 305 households, of which 75 households (or about 24.6%) contain only a single individual. 27 or about 8.9% are large households, with at least five members.[5]

Village church in Morschach

In the 2007 election the most popular party was the SVP which received 45.6% of the vote. The next three most popular parties were the CVP (26.3%), the SPS (16%) and the FDP (8.6%).[4]

In Morschach about 57.2% of the population (between age 25-64) have completed either non-mandatory upper secondary education or additional higher education (either university or a Fachhochschule).[4]

Morschach has an unemployment rate of 1.41%. As of 2005, there were 70 people employed in the primary economic sector and about 32 businesses involved in this sector. 15 people are employed in the secondary sector and there are 6 businesses in this sector. 434 people are employed in the tertiary sector, with 42 businesses in this sector.[4]

From the 2000 census, 710 or 74.1% are Roman Catholic, while 65 or 6.8% belonged to the Swiss Reformed Church. Of the rest of the population, there are 6 individuals (or about 0.63% of the population) who belong to the Orthodox Church, and there are less than 5 individuals who belong to another Christian church. There are 13 (or about 1.36% of the population) who are Islamic. There are less than 5 individuals who belong to another church (not listed on the census), 66 (or about 6.89% of the population) belong to no church, are agnostic or atheist, and 95 individuals (or about 9.92% of the population) did not answer the question.[5]

The historical population is given in the following table:[3]

year population
1850 462
1900 518
1950 587
1980 632
1985 771
1990 824
2000 848
2005 893
2007 938

References[edit]

  1. ^ Arealstatistik Standard - Gemeindedaten nach 4 Hauptbereichen
  2. ^ a b Swiss Federal Statistics Office – STAT-TAB Ständige und Nichtständige Wohnbevölkerung nach Region, Geschlecht, Nationalität und Alter (German) accessed 18 August 2014
  3. ^ a b Morschach in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland.
  4. ^ a b c d e Swiss Federal Statistical Office accessed 31-Aug-2009
  5. ^ a b c d Canton Schwyz Statistics (German) accessed 27 August 2009

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