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Coat of arms of Stansstad
Coat of arms
Stansstad is located in Switzerland
Coordinates: 46°58.602′N 8°20.403′E / 46.976700°N 8.340050°E / 46.976700; 8.340050Coordinates: 46°58.602′N 8°20.403′E / 46.976700°N 8.340050°E / 46.976700; 8.340050
Country Switzerland
Canton Nidwalden
District n.a.
 • Total 9.11 km2 (3.52 sq mi)
Elevation 436 m (1,430 ft)
Population (Dec 2013[2])
 • Total 4,402
 • Density 480/km2 (1,300/sq mi)
Postal code 6362
SFOS number 1510
Surrounded by Alpnach (OW), Ennetbürgen, Ennetmoos, Hergiswil, Horw (LU), Meggen (LU), Stans, Weggis (LU)
SFSO statistics

Stansstad is a village in the canton of Nidwalden in Switzerland.


Stansstad and Lake Lucerne

Stansstad has an area, as of 2006, of 9.1 square kilometers (3.5 sq mi). Of this area, 33.8% is used for agricultural purposes, while 49.9% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 14.9% is settled (buildings or roads) and the remainder (1.4%) is non-productive (rivers, glaciers or mountains).[3]


Stansstad has a population (as of 31 December 2013) of 4,402.[2] As of 2007, 13.3% of the population was made up of foreign nationals.[4] Over the last 10 years the population has grown at a rate of 0.6%. Most of the population (as of 2000) speaks German (90.1%), with Italian being second most common ( 2.1%) and Albanian being third ( 1.5%).[3] As of 2008 the gender distribution of the population was 51.4% male and 48.6% female.

As of 2000 there are 1,988 households, of which 1,431 households (or about 72.0%) contain only one or two individuals. 85 or about 4.3% are large households, with at least five members.[5]

In the 2007 federal election the most popular party was the FDP which received 88.6% of the vote. Most of the rest of the votes were given to local, small right-wing parties (10.8%).[3]

In Stansstad about 77.9% of the population (between age 25-64) have completed either non-mandatory upper secondary education or additional higher education (either university or a Fachhochschule).[3]

Stansstad has an unemployment rate of 1.49%. As of 2005, there were 81 people employed in the primary economic sector and about 33 businesses involved in this sector. 375 people are employed in the secondary sector and there are 56 businesses in this sector. 1,793 people are employed in the tertiary sector, with 231 businesses in this sector.[3]

The historical population is given in the following table:[5]

year population
1960 1,738
1970 2,469
1980 3,104
1990 3,877
2000 4,455
2005 4,478


Stansstad is served by Stansstad station on the Luzern–Stans–Engelberg line, on which the Lucerne S-Bahn S4 service provides two trains per hour. The village is also served by post bus services, including services to Bürgenstock, Stans and Büren, and by shipping services of the Schifffahrtsgesellschaft des Vierwaldstättersees on Lake Lucerne.[6][7][8][9]


Stansstad waterfront

The main sights of Stansstad are a museum of the fortifications, a tower (Schnitzturm), and the chapel Marie Linden in Kehrsiten.

Heritage sites of national significance[edit]

The prehistoric lakeside settlement at Kehrsiten and the Teller/Palisaden and Schnitzturm, all part of the medieval fortifications are listed as Swiss heritage site of national significance.[10] The prehistoric settlement is part of the Prehistoric Pile dwellings around the Alps a UNESCO World Heritage Site.[11]


  1. ^ Arealstatistik Standard - Gemeindedaten nach 4 Hauptbereichen
  2. ^ a b Swiss Federal Statistics Office – STAT-TAB Ständige und Nichtständige Wohnbevölkerung nach Region, Geschlecht, Nationalität und Alter (German) accessed 18 August 2014
  3. ^ a b c d e Swiss Federal Statistical Office accessed 04-Sep-2009
  4. ^ Nidwalden Statistical Office-Population (German) accessed 4 September 2009
  5. ^ a b Nidwalden Statistical Office-Municipalities (German) accessed 4 September 2009
  6. ^ "Luzern–Alpnachstad (Vierwaldstättersee)" (PDF). Bundesamt für Verkehr. Retrieved 2013-01-07. 
  7. ^ "Luzern–Stans–Engelberg" (PDF). Bundesamt für Verkehr. Retrieved 2013-01-14. 
  8. ^ "Stansstad–Obbürgen–Bürgenstock (Linie 321)" (PDF). Bundesamt für Verkehr. Retrieved 2013-01-18. 
  9. ^ "BürenNW–Oberdorf NW–Stans–Stansstad (Linie 323)" (PDF). Bundesamt für Verkehr. Retrieved 2013-01-18. 
  10. ^ "KGS-Inventar". KGS Inventar (in German). Federal Office of Civil Protection. 2009. Retrieved 12 July 2010. 
  11. ^ UNESCO World Heritage Site - Prehistoric Pile dwellings around the Alps