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Former municipality of Switzerland
Valzeina - Valzeina village and church
Valzeina village and church
Country Switzerland Coat of Arms of Valzeina
Canton Graubünden
District Prättigau/Davos
46°57′N 9°36′E / 46.950°N 9.600°E / 46.950; 9.600Coordinates: 46°57′N 9°36′E / 46.950°N 9.600°E / 46.950; 9.600
Population 139 (31 December 2010)
- Density 12 /km2 (31 /sq mi)
Area 11.44 km2 (4.42 sq mi)
Elevation 1,114 m (3,655 ft)
Postal code 7213
SFOS number 3973
Mayor Hans Wieland
Surrounded by Furna, Grüsch, Igis, Malans, Says, Seewis im Prättigau, Trimmis, Zizers
SFSO statistics
Valzeina is located in Switzerland

Valzeina is a former municipality in the district of Prättigau/Davos in the Swiss canton of Graubünden. On 1 January 2011 Fanas and Valzeina were merged with the municipality of Grüsch.


Valzeina is first mentioned in 1367 as Valtzennas.[1]


From Brand (Sigg), looking toward Valzeina

Valzeina has an area, as of 2006, of 11.4 km2 (4.4 sq mi). Of this area, 40.3% is used for agricultural purposes, while 53.2% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 2.5% is settled (buildings or roads) and the remainder (3.9%) is non-productive (rivers, glaciers or mountains).[2]

The municipality is located in the Seewis sub-district of the Prättigau/Davos district. It consists of scattered settlements in Vorder-Valzeina, Hinter-Valzeina and Sigg (on the right side of the valley). The municipalities of Grüsch and Valzeina are considering a merger on 1 January 2010 into a new municipality that will be known as Grüsch.[3]


Valzeina has a population (as of 31 December 2010) of 139.[4] As of 2008, 3.9% of the population was made up of foreign nationals.[5] Over the last 10 years the population has decreased at a rate of -10.1%. Most of the population (as of 2000) speaks German (97.1%), with Romansh being second most common ( 1.4%) and Italian being third ( 0.7%).[2]

As of 2000, the gender distribution of the population was 56.0% male and 44.0% female.[6] The age distribution, as of 2000, in Valzeina is; 24 children or 17.1% of the population are between 0 and 9 years old and 18 teenagers or 12.9% are between 10 and 19. Of the adult population, 13 people or 9.3% of the population are between 20 and 29 years old. 29 people or 20.7% are between 30 and 39, 15 people or 10.7% are between 40 and 49, and 14 people or 10.0% are between 50 and 59. The senior population distribution is 12 people or 8.6% of the population are between 60 and 69 years old, 9 people or 6.4% are between 70 and 79, there are 5 people or 3.6% who are between 80 and 89 there is 1 person who is between 90 and 99.[5]

In the 2007 federal election the most popular party was the SP which received 39.2% of the vote. The next three most popular parties were the SVP (35.9%), the FDP (9.9%) and the local, small right-wing parties (6.6%).[2]

The entire Swiss population is generally well educated. In Valzeina about 67.2% 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]

Valzeina has an unemployment rate of 1.03%. As of 2005, there were 37 people employed in the primary economic sector and about 17 businesses involved in this sector. 4 people are employed in the secondary sector and there is 1 business in this sector. 6 people are employed in the tertiary sector, with 3 businesses in this sector.[2]

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

year population
1850 243
1900 216
1950 216
1980 115
2000 140


  1. ^ a b Valzeina in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland.
  2. ^ a b c d e Swiss Federal Statistical Office accessed 30-Oct-2009
  3. ^ Amtliches Gemeindeverzeichnis der Schweiz published by the Swiss Federal Statistical Office (German) accessed 23 September 2009
  4. ^ Swiss Federal Statistics Office – STAT-TAB Ständige und Nichtständige Wohnbevölkerung nach Region, Geschlecht, Nationalität und Alter (German) accessed 10 December 2011
  5. ^ a b Graubunden Population Statistics (German) accessed 21 September 2009
  6. ^ Graubunden in Numbers (German) accessed 21 September 2009

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