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Former municipality of Switzerland
Oberurnen -
Country Switzerland Coat of Arms of Oberurnen
Canton Glarus
District n.a.
47°6′N 9°3′E / 47.100°N 9.050°E / 47.100; 9.050Coordinates: 47°6′N 9°3′E / 47.100°N 9.050°E / 47.100; 9.050
Population 1,963 (December 2012)
- Density 153 /km2 (397 /sq mi)
Area 12.82 km2 (4.95 sq mi)
Elevation 430 m (1,411 ft)
Postal code 8868
SFOS number 1623
Surrounded by Innerthal (SZ), Mollis, Näfels, Niederurnen, Schübelbach (SZ)
Website www.oberurnen.ch
SFSO statistics
Oberurnen is located in Switzerland

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


Oberurnen is first mentioned in 1340 as Obern Urannen.[1]


Oberurnen has an area, as of 2006, of 12.8 km2 (4.9 sq mi). Of this area, 45.2% is used for agricultural purposes, while 40.6% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 4.1% is settled (buildings or roads) and the remainder (10.2%) is non-productive (rivers, glaciers or mountains).[2]

Oberurnen is located in the Glarner Unterland.


Oberurnen Catholic Church

Oberurnen has a population (as of 2010) of 1,963. As of 2007, 24.2% of the population was made up of foreign nationals.[3] Over the last 10 years the population has grown at a rate of 0.5%. Most of the population (as of 2000) speaks German (79.8%), with Italian being second most common ( 8.2%) and Albanian being third ( 3.6%).[2]

In the 2007 federal election the most popular party was the SPS which received 44.9% of the vote. Most of the rest of the votes went to the SVP with 44.2% of the vote.[2]

The entire Swiss population is generally well educated. In Oberurnen about 56.9% 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]

Oberurnen has an unemployment rate of 2.46%. As of 2005, there were 53 people employed in the primary economic sector and about 21 businesses involved in this sector. 82 people are employed in the secondary sector and there are 19 businesses in this sector. 129 people are employed in the tertiary sector, with 42 businesses in this sector.[2]

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

year population
1850 691
1900 862
1950 1,181
2000 1,811


Nieder- und Oberurnen 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.


  1. ^ a b Oberurnen 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