Wädenswil

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Wädenswil
Au Halbinsel - Wädenswil - Zürichsee - Feusisberg - Etzel 2010-10-21 15-52-22.JPG
Coat of arms of Wädenswil
Coat of arms
Wädenswil is located in Switzerland
Wädenswil
Wädenswil
Coordinates: 47°14′N 8°40′E / 47.233°N 8.667°E / 47.233; 8.667Coordinates: 47°14′N 8°40′E / 47.233°N 8.667°E / 47.233; 8.667
Country Switzerland
Canton Zurich
District Horgen
Government
 • Executive Stadtrat
with 7 members
 • Mayor Stadtpräsident (list)
Philipp Kutter
(as of October 2014)
 • Parliament Gemeinderat
with 35 members
Area[1]
 • Total 17.39 km2 (6.71 sq mi)
Elevation 407 m (1,335 ft)
Population (Dec 2013[2])
 • Total 20,933
 • Density 1,200/km2 (3,100/sq mi)
Postal code 8820
SFOS number 0142
Surrounded by Au, Zurich, Hirzel, Horgen, Männedorf, Meilen, Richterswil, Schönenberg, Stäfa, Uetikon am See
Website www.waedenswil.ch
SFSO statistics

Wädenswil, locally often called Wädi or Wädischwil, is a municipality in the district of Horgen in the canton of Zürich in Switzerland. The population (as of 2007) was about 19,500.[3]

Geography[edit]

Wädenswil as seen from Lake Zürich (June 2009)
Wädenswil and Lake Zurich (1794)

Wädenswil has an area of 17.4 km2 (6.7 sq mi). Of this area, 59.3% is used for agricultural purposes, while 9.6% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 29.8% is settled (buildings or roads) and the remainder (1.3%) is non-productive (rivers, glaciers or mountains).[4] In 1996 housing and buildings made up 20.8% of the total area, while transportation infrastructure made up the rest (9%).[5] Of the total unproductive area, water (streams and lakes) made up 0.4% of the area. As of 2007 24.5% of the total municipal area was undergoing some type of construction.[5]

Demographics[edit]

Wädenswil has a population (as of 31 December 2013) of 20,933.[2] As of 2007, 20.5% of the population was made up of foreign nationals. As of 2008 the gender distribution of the population was 48.6% male and 51.4% female. Over the last 10 years the population has grown at a rate of 2.1%. Most of the population (as of 2000) speaks German (85.0%), with Italian being second most common ( 3.9%) and Serbo-Croatian being third ( 1.9%).

In the 2007 election the most popular party was the SVP which received 35.2% of the vote. The next three most popular parties were the SPS (17.6%), the FDP (13%) and the CSP (11.3%).

The age distribution of the population (as of 2000) is children and teenagers (0–19 years old) make up 22% of the population, while adults (20–64 years old) make up 64.2% and seniors (over 64 years old) make up 13.9%. In Wädenswil about 76.7% of the population (between age 25–64) have completed either non-mandatory upper secondary education or additional higher education (either university or a Fachhochschule). There are 8796 households in Wädenswil.[5]

Wädenswil has an unemployment rate of 2.94%. As of 2005, there were 268 people employed in the primary economic sector and about 84 businesses involved in this sector. 2020 people are employed in the secondary sector and there are 195 businesses in this sector. 5169 people are employed in the tertiary sector, with 725 businesses in this sector.[4] As of 2007 44.8% of the working population were employed full-time, and 55.2% were employed part-time.[5]

As of 2008 there were 6128 Catholics and 7507 Protestants in Wädenswil. In the 2000 census, religion was broken down into several smaller categories. From the census, 43.5% were some type of Protestant, with 40.5% belonging to the Swiss Reformed Church and 3% belonging to other Protestant churches. 32.2% of the population were Catholic. Of the rest of the population, 5% were Muslim, 7.5% belonged to another religion (not listed), 4% did not give a religion, and 11.9% were atheist or agnostic.[5]

Cultural Heritage[edit]

Located on Zürichsee lakeshore, Wädenswil–Vorder Au is part of the 56 Swiss sites of the UNESCO Worl Heritage Site Prehistoric pile dwellings around the Alps,[6] and the settlement is also listed in the Swiss inventory of cultural property of national and regional significance as a Class object.[7]

Transportation[edit]

Motor ship Glärnisch serving as Restaurant at Wädenswil harbour

The municipality is located on the A3 motorway.

Wädenswil railway station is served by Zurich S-Bahn services S2 and S8 on the lakeside line to Zurich, and is the terminus of the S13 service to Einsiedeln. It is also served by an hourly long distance service, generally an InterRegio service between Basel and Chur, but sometimes a EuroCity between Hamburg or Brussels and Chur. It is a 29-minute ride from Zürich Hauptbahnhof by the S8.[8]

The Zimmerberg bus line (Zimmerbergbus), provided by the Sihltal Zürich Uetliberg Bahn (SZU), connects the Zimmerberg region and parts of the Sihl valley.

In summer, Wädenswil is served by regular ship services between Zurich and Rapperswil, run by the Zürichsee-Schifffahrtsgesellschaft (ZSG) and calling at various lake side towns. A passenger ferry, operated on an hourly basis throughout the year by the same company, links Wädenswil with both Männedorf and Stäfa on the opposite shore of the lake. The ZSG's motor ship Wädenswil is named after the town.[9][10]

Weather[edit]

Between 1961 and 1990 Wädenswil had an average of 141.6 days of rain per year and on average received 1,353 mm (53.3 in) of precipitation. The wettest month was August during which time Wädenswil received an average of 157 mm (6.2 in) of precipitation. During the wettest month, there was precipitation for an average of 13.3 days. The month with the most precipitation days was May, with an average of 13.7 days.[11]

Climate data for Wädenswil (1981-2010)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 2.8
(37)
4.5
(40.1)
9.5
(49.1)
13.9
(57)
18.7
(65.7)
21.8
(71.2)
24.1
(75.4)
23.3
(73.9)
18.9
(66)
13.8
(56.8)
7.3
(45.1)
3.8
(38.8)
13.5
(56.3)
Daily mean °C (°F) 0.3
(32.5)
1.2
(34.2)
5.2
(41.4)
9.0
(48.2)
13.6
(56.5)
16.8
(62.2)
19.0
(66.2)
18.3
(64.9)
14.4
(57.9)
10.2
(50.4)
4.6
(40.3)
1.6
(34.9)
9.5
(49.1)
Average low °C (°F) −2.2
(28)
−1.8
(28.8)
1.4
(34.5)
4.5
(40.1)
8.9
(48)
12.1
(53.8)
14.2
(57.6)
13.9
(57)
10.6
(51.1)
7.0
(44.6)
2.1
(35.8)
−0.8
(30.6)
5.8
(42.4)
Precipitation mm (inches) 82
(3.23)
77
(3.03)
99
(3.9)
100
(3.94)
135
(5.31)
155
(6.1)
152
(5.98)
164
(6.46)
127
(5)
100
(3.94)
98
(3.86)
102
(4.02)
1,390
(54.72)
Avg. precipitation days (≥ 1.0 mm) 10.6 9.9 12.3 11.5 12.9 13.5 12.8 12.4 10.5 10.0 10.7 11.5 138.6
 % humidity 82 77 71 68 69 69 70 73 78 82 83 83 75
Mean monthly sunshine hours 52 80 132 163 187 199 224 206 151 104 57 41 1,595
Source: MeteoSwiss [12]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Arealstatistik Standard - Gemeindedaten nach 4 Hauptbereichen
  2. ^ a b Canton of Zurich Statistical Office (German) accessed 11 March 2014
  3. ^ Bundesamt fur Statistik (Federal Department of Statistics) (2008). "Bilanz der ständigen Wohnbevölkerung (Total) nach Bezirken und Gemeinden". Retrieved 5 November 2008. 
  4. ^ a b Swiss Federal Statistical Office Retrieved 10 August 2009
  5. ^ a b c d e Statistics Zurich (German) accessed 4 August 2009
  6. ^ "Sites Switzerland: Wädenswil–Vorder Au (CH-ZH-07)". palafittes.org. Retrieved 2014-12-08. 
  7. ^ "A-Objekte KGS-Inventar". Schweizerische Eidgenossenschaft, Amt für Bevölkerungsschutz. 2009. Retrieved 2014-12-08. 
  8. ^ "S-Bahn trains, buses and boats". ZVV. Retrieved 4 November 2011. 
  9. ^ "Zürich–Rapperswil–Schmerikon (Zürichsee/ZVV)". Bundesamt für Verkehr. Retrieved 2014-05-15. 
  10. ^ "Männedorf–Stäfa–Richterswil–Wädenswil (Querfahrten/ZVV)". Bundesamt für Verkehr. Retrieved 2014-05-15. 
  11. ^ "Temperature and Precipitation Average Values-Table, 1961–1990" (in German, French, Italian). Federal Office of Meteorology and Climatology – MeteoSwiss. Retrieved 8 May 2009. .
  12. ^ "Climate Norm Value Tables". Climate diagrams and normals from Swiss measuring stations. Federal Office of Meteorology and Climatology (MeteoSwiss). Retrieved 23 January 2013.  The weather station elevation is 485 meters above sea level.