Rodels

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Rodels
Former municipality of Switzerland
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Rodels is located in Switzerland
Rodels
Rodels
Coordinates: 46°44′N 9°26′E / 46.733°N 9.433°E / 46.733; 9.433Coordinates: 46°44′N 9°26′E / 46.733°N 9.433°E / 46.733; 9.433
Country Switzerland
Canton Graubünden
District Hinterrhein
Area
 • Total 1.68 km2 (0.65 sq mi)
Elevation 684 m (2,244 ft)
Population (Dec 2013)
 • Total 267
 • Density 160/km2 (410/sq mi)
Postal code 7415
SFOS number 3636
Surrounded by Almens, Cazis, Paspels, Pratval
Website www.rodels.ch
SFSO statistics

Rodels (Romansh: Roten) is a former municipality in the canton of Graubünden in Switzerland, located in the district of Hinterrhein. On 1 January 2015 the former municipalities of Almens, Paspels, Pratval, Rodels and Tomils merged to form the new municipality of Domleschg.[1]

History[edit]

Rodels is first mentioned in the mid-12th Century as ad Rautine.[2]

Geography[edit]

Rodels from the north

Before the merger, Rodels had a total area of 1.7 km2 (0.66 sq mi).[3] Of this area, 50% is used for agricultural purposes, while 35.1% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 10.7% is settled (buildings or roads) and the remainder (4.2%) is non-productive (rivers, glaciers or mountains).[3]

The former municipality is located in the Domleschg sub-district, of the Hinterrhein district. It consists of a linear village and a haufendorf (an irregular, unplanned and quite closely packed village, built around a central square) as well as the hamlet of Nueins. The municipality is located on a low terrace on the right side of the Hinterrhein.

Demographics[edit]

Rodels had a population (as of 2013) of 267.[3] As of 2008, 4.5% of the population was made up of foreign nationals. Over the last 10 years the population has grown at a rate of 1.5%.[3]

As of 2000, the gender distribution of the population was 50.8% male and 49.2% female.[4] The age distribution, as of 2000, in Rodels is; 35 people or 12.5% of the population are between 0 to 9 years old. 27 people or 9.6% are 10 to 14, and 17 people or 6.0% are 15 to 19. Of the adult population, 34 people or 12.1% of the population are between 20 to 29 years old. 52 people or 18.5% are 30 to 39, 46 people or 16.4% are 40 to 49, and 28 people or 10.0% are 50 to 59. The senior population distribution is 18 people or 6.4% of the population are between 60 to 69 years old, 16 people or 5.7% are 70 to 79, there are 7 people or 2.5% who are 80 to 89, and there are 1 people or 0.4% who are 90 to 99.[5]

In the 2007 federal election the most popular party was the SVP which received 41.8% of the vote. The next three most popular parties were the SPS (23%), the CVP (20.4%) and the FDP (14.6%).[3]

In Rodels about 80% of the population (between age 25-64) have completed either non-mandatory upper secondary education or additional higher education (either university or a Fachhochschule).[3]

Rodels has an unemployment rate of 0.52%. As of 2005, there were 23 people employed in the primary economic sector and about 7 businesses involved in this sector. 5 people are employed in the secondary sector and there are 2 businesses in this sector. 23 people are employed in the tertiary sector, with 12 businesses in this sector.[3]

The historical population is given in the following table:[2]

year population
1803 106
1850 135
1900 147
1950 178
1980 155
2000 281

Languages[edit]

Most of the population (as of 2000) speaks German (90.7%), with Romansh being second most common ( 3.9%) and Italian being third ( 1.8%).[3]

Languages in Rodels
Languages Census 1980 Census 1990 Census 2000
Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent
German 125 80.65% 204 91.89% 255 90.75%
Romanish 25 16.13% 10 4.50% 11 3.91%
Italian 5 3.23% 5 2.25% 5 1.78%
Population 155 100% 222 100% 281 100%

Transportation[edit]

Rhaetian Railway operate services to Rodels-Realta (Rhaetian Railway station) nearby.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Amtliches Gemeindeverzeichnis der Schweiz published by the Swiss Federal Statistical Office (German) accessed 2 January 2013
  2. ^ a b Rodels in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h Swiss Federal Statistical Office accessed 16 January 2015
  4. ^ Graubunden in Numbers (German) accessed 21 September 2009
  5. ^ Graubunden Population Statistics (German) accessed 21 September 2009

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