Oberwald

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Oberwald
Former municipality of Switzerland
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Coat of arms of Oberwald
Coat of arms
Oberwald is located in Switzerland
Oberwald
Oberwald
Coordinates: 46°32′N 8°21′E / 46.533°N 8.350°E / 46.533; 8.350Coordinates: 46°32′N 8°21′E / 46.533°N 8.350°E / 46.533; 8.350
Country Switzerland
Canton Valais
District Goms
Municipality Obergoms
Area
 • Total 96.6 km2 (37.3 sq mi)
Elevation 1,377 m (4,518 ft)
Population
 • Total 230
 • Density 2.4/km2 (6.2/sq mi)
Postal code 3999
Localities Gletsch
Website www.oberwald.ch

Oberwald is a village in the municipality of Obergoms in Goms District in the canton of Valais in Switzerland.

It is situated at an elevation of 1377 m and has a population of 230. It is located at the end of the Goms, directly before the Furka and Grimsel passes, underneath the Rhône River source at the Rhône Glacier. It is also the startpoint of the Furka Tunnel.

In the winter season, it is a very pleasant small scale skiing resort. During summertime, it is a place to walk. All year round the panorama on the Alps is astonishing.

Most inhabitants live off tourism and/or sheep farming; yet Oberwald is also the home of the Ark Linux headquarters.

Oberwald was an independent municipality until January 1, 2009, when it merged with Ulrichen and Obergesteln to form the municipality Obergoms.

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