Schwaz

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Schwaz
Coat of arms of Schwaz
Coat of arms
Schwaz is located in Austria
Schwaz
Schwaz
Location within Austria
Coordinates: 47°21′00″N 11°42′00″E / 47.35000°N 11.70000°E / 47.35000; 11.70000Coordinates: 47°21′00″N 11°42′00″E / 47.35000°N 11.70000°E / 47.35000; 11.70000
Country Austria
State Tyrol
District Schwaz
Government
 • Mayor Hans Lintner (ÖVP)
Area
 • Total 20.17 km2 (7.79 sq mi)
Elevation 545 m (1,788 ft)
Population (1 January 2013)[1]
 • Total 13,058
 • Density 650/km2 (1,700/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 6130
Area code 05242
Vehicle registration SZ
Website www.schwaz.at

Schwaz (German pronunciation: [ˈʃvaːts]) is a city in the Austrian state of Tyrol. It is the administrative center of the Schwaz district. Schwaz is located in the lower Inn valley.


Location[edit]

Schwaz lies in the middle of the Lower Inn Valley at the foot of the Kellerjoch and Eiblschrofen mountains. It is located approximately 30 km (19 mi) east of Innsbruck.

The city covers an area of 20.17 km2 (7.79 sq mi).

Neighbouring communities include: Buch bei Jenbach, Fügenberg, Gallzein, Pill, Stans, and Vomp.

History[edit]

The Counts of Tyrol guarded Schwaz from nearby Burg Freundsberg. At the town's height during the 15th and 16th centuries, it was an important silver mining center, providing mineral wealth for both the Fugger banking family and, through them, for the Austrian emperors. During this period, its population of about 20,000 inhabitants made it the second largest city in the Austrian Empire, after Vienna.[2]

Schwaz received its city rights in 1898 by Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria.

Population[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop.   ±%  
1869 4,813 —    
1880 5,124 +6.5%
1890 5,888 +14.9%
1900 6,545 +11.2%
1910 7,385 +12.8%
1923 7,033 −4.8%
1934 7,738 +10.0%
1939 7,523 −2.8%
1951 8,898 +18.3%
1961 9,455 +6.3%
1971 10,298 +8.9%
1981 10,929 +6.1%
1991 11,839 +8.3%
2001 12,212 +3.2%
2011 11,994 −1.8%


Personalities[edit]

Schwaz is the birthplace of 16th-century pulpit orator Georg Scherer and 20th-century philosopher Hans Köchler.

Economy[edit]

Three large industrial companies have their headquarters in Schwaz:

  • Tyrolit – a globally active producer of bonded abrasives
  • Adler Lacke – a family-run producer of coating systems
  • DAKA – a regional waste management company

International relations[edit]

Twin towns – Sister cities[edit]

Schwaz is twinned with:

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Statistik Austria - Bevölkerung zu Jahres- und Quartalsanfang, 2013-01-01.
  2. ^ Chizzali. Tyrol: Impressions of Tyrol. (Innsbruck: Alpina Printers and Publishers), p. 28

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