Näfels

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Näfels
Former municipality of Switzerland
Näfels -
Country Switzerland Coat of Arms of Näfels
Canton Glarus
District n.a.
47°06′N 9°04′E / 47.100°N 9.067°E / 47.100; 9.067Coordinates: 47°06′N 9°04′E / 47.100°N 9.067°E / 47.100; 9.067
Population 4,021 (December 2012)
- Density 109 /km2 (282 /sq mi)
Area 36.93 km2 (14.26 sq mi)
Elevation 437 m (1,434 ft)
• Highest 2283 m - Rautispitz
Postal code 8752
SFOS number 1619
Surrounded by Glarus, Innerthal (SZ), Mollis, Netstal, Oberurnen
Twin towns Bad Säckingen (Germany)
Website www.naefels.ch
SFSO statistics
Näfels is located in Switzerland
Näfels
Näfels

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

History[edit]

Näfels is first mentioned in 1240 as Nevels.[1]

In 1388, the Swiss Confederates beat the Habsburgs at the Battle of Näfels.

Geography[edit]

Näfels

Näfels has an area, as of 2006, of 36.9 km2 (14.2 sq mi). Of this area, 35.9% is used for agricultural purposes, while 37.6% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 4.4% is settled (buildings or roads) and the remainder (22.1%) is non-productive (rivers, glaciers or mountains).[2]

Näfels is located in the Glarner Unterland on the left side of the valley, across from Mollis. It consists of the village of Näfels and the scattered settlemenst that that make up the Näfelser Berg and the Oberseetal.

Demographics[edit]

Näfels had a population (as of 2010) of 4,021. As of 2007, 19.3% of the population was made up of foreign nationals.[3] Over the last 10 years the population has decreased at a rate of -0.6%. Most of the population (as of 2000) speaks German (86.9%), with Italian being second most common ( 5.2%) and Albanian being third ( 2.9%).[2]

In the 2007 federal election the most popular party was the SPS which received 48.6% of the vote. Most of the rest of the votes went to the SVP with 40.2% of the vote.[2]

The entire Swiss population is generally well educated. In Näfels about 64% 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]

Näfels has an unemployment rate of 1.59%. As of 2005, there were 94 people employed in the primary economic sector and about 39 businesses involved in this sector. 1,399 people are employed in the secondary sector and there are 62 businesses in this sector. 918 people are employed in the tertiary sector, with 140 businesses in this sector.[2]

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

year population
1777 533
1850 1,869
1870 2,513
1900 2,557
1950 3,327
2000 3,947

Transport[edit]

Näfels-Mollis railway station is on the Weesen to Linthal railway line. It is served by the Glarner Sprinter express train to Zurich, and by a regional train between Rapperswil and Linthal.

Notable residents[edit]

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Näfels in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland.
  2. ^ a b c d e Swiss Federal Statistical Office accessed 14-Sep-2009
  3. ^ Canton Glarus population growth (German) accessed 9 September 2009

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