Almens

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Almens
Former municipality of Switzerland
Almens Dorf.jpg
Coat of arms of Almens
Coat of arms
Almens is located in Switzerland
Almens
Almens
Almens is located in Canton of Graubünden
Almens
Almens
Coordinates: 46°44′N 9°27′E / 46.733°N 9.450°E / 46.733; 9.450Coordinates: 46°44′N 9°27′E / 46.733°N 9.450°E / 46.733; 9.450
Country Switzerland
Canton Graubünden
District Hinterrhein
Government
 • Mayor Andreas Wespi
Area
 • Total 8.34 km2 (3.22 sq mi)
Elevation 787 m (2,582 ft)
Population (Dec 2013)
 • Total 228
 • Density 27/km2 (71/sq mi)
Postal code 7416
SFOS number 3631
Surrounded by Churwalden, Fürstenau, Paspels, Pratval, Rodels, Scharans, Trans, Vaz/Obervaz
Website www.domleschg.ch
SFSO statistics

Almens (Romansh: Almen) is a former municipality in the district of Hinterrhein in the Swiss canton of Graubünden. 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]

Almens is first mentioned in the first half of the 9th Century as de Lemenne.[2]

Geography[edit]

Almens

Before the merger, Almens had a total area of 8.4 km2 (3.2 sq mi).[3] Of this area, 33.9% is used for agricultural purposes, while 45.5% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 1.7% is settled (buildings or roads) and the remainder (19%) is non-productive (rivers, glaciers or mountains).[3]

The former municipality is located in the Domleschg sub-district of the Hinterrhein district. It is located on a high terrace above the right bank of the Hinterrhein. It consists of the village of Almens and the hamlet of Mulegns.

Demographics[edit]

Almens had a population (as of 2013) of 228.[3] As of 2007, 1.4% of the population was made up of foreign nationals. Over the last 10 years the population has grown at a rate of 5.2%.[3]

As of 2000, the gender distribution of the population was 47.5% male and 52.5% female.[4] The age distribution, as of 2000, in Almens is; 25 people or 11.5% of the population are between 0 and 9 years old. 10 people or 4.6% are 10 to 14, and 15 people or 6.9% are 15 to 19. Of the adult population, 18 people or 8.3% of the population are between 20 and 29 years old. 34 people or 15.7% are 30 to 39, 42 people or 19.4% are 40 to 49, and 31 people or 14.3% are 50 to 59. The senior population distribution is 10 people or 4.6% of the population are between 60 and 69 years old, 18 people or 8.3% are 70 to 79, there are 12 people or 5.5% who are 80 to 89, and there are 2 people or 0.9% who are 90 to 99.[5]

In the 2007 federal election the most popular party was the SPS which received 38.8% of the vote. The next three most popular parties were the SVP (26.5%), the FDP (23%) and the CVP (9.5%).[3]

In Almens about 76.1% 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]

Almens has an unemployment rate of 0.33%. As of 2005, there were 15 people employed in the primary economic sector and about 6 businesses involved in this sector. 1 person is employed in the secondary sector and there is 1 business in this sector. 11 people are employed in the tertiary sector, with 5 businesses in this sector.[3]

The historical population is given in the following table:[2][4]

year population
1803 201
1850 226
1900 217
1950 252
1960 195
1970 133
1980 179
1990 200
2000 217
2010 215

Languages[edit]

Almens used to belong to the Romansh-speaking part of Graubünden, but today it is practically completely German-speaking. As of 2000, 95.9% of the population speaks German, with Romansh being second most common ( 2.8%) and Italian being third ( 0.5%).[6]

Languages in Almens
Language Census of 1980 Census of 1990 Census of 2000
Number Percentage Number Percentage Number Percentage
German 158 88.27% 185 92.50% 208 95.85%
Romansh 18 10.06% 10 5.00% 6 2.76%
Italian 3 1.68% 0 0.00% 1 0.46%
Population 179 100% 200 100% 217 100%

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Amtliches Gemeindeverzeichnis der Schweiz published by the Swiss Federal Statistical Office (German) accessed 2 January 2013
  2. ^ a b Almens in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Swiss Federal Statistical Office accessed 16 January 2015
  4. ^ a b Graubunden in Numbers (German) accessed 21 September 2009
  5. ^ Graubunden Population Statistics (German) accessed 21 September 2009
  6. ^ Swiss Federal Statistical Office accessed 02-Oct-2009


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