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Coat of arms of Altwis
Coat of arms
Altwis is located in Switzerland
Location of Altwis
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Altwis is located in Canton of Lucerne
Altwis (Canton of Lucerne)
Coordinates: 47°14′N 8°15′E / 47.233°N 8.250°E / 47.233; 8.250Coordinates: 47°14′N 8°15′E / 47.233°N 8.250°E / 47.233; 8.250
Country Switzerland
Canton Lucerne
District Hochdorf
 • Total 2.93 km2 (1.13 sq mi)
Elevation 484 m (1,588 ft)
Population (Dec 2016[2])
 • Total 411
 • Density 140/km2 (360/sq mi)
Postal code 6286
SFOS number 1022
Surrounded by Aesch, Ermensee, Hämikon, Hitzkirch, Mosen
Profile (in German), SFSO statistics

Altwis is a municipality in the district of Hochdorf in the canton of Lucerne in Switzerland.


Altwis is first mentioned in 1113 as Altwise.[3]


Altwis is located in the Seetal valley, at the western foot of the Lindenberg mountain, between Lake Hallwil and Lake Baldegg.

The municipality consists of the village of Altwis. It has an area of 2.9 km2 (1.1 sq mi). Of this area, 63.8% is used for agricultural purposes, while 29% is forested. The rest of the land, (7.2%) is settled.[4] In the 1997 land survey, 28.97% of the total land area was forested. Of the agricultural land, 48.97% is used for farming or pastures, while 14.83% is used for orchards or vine crops. Of the settled areas, 4.14% is covered with buildings, 0.69% is industrial, 0.34% is classed as special developments, and 2.07% is transportation infrastructure.


Altwis has a population (as of 31 December 2016) of 411.[2] As of 2007, 10.5% of the population was made up of foreign nationals. Over the last 10 years the population has grown at a rate of 6%. Most of the population (as of 2000) speaks German (89.8%), with Albanian being second most common ( 8.2%) and Spanish being third ( 0.6%).

In the 2007 election the most popular party was the CVP which received 29.3% of the vote. The next three most popular parties were the FDP (28.9%), the SVP (28.7%) and the Green Party (7%).

The age distribution in Altwis is; 101 people or 27.3% of the population is 0–19 years old. 104 people or 28.1% are 20–39 years old, and 135 people or 36.5% are 40–64 years old. The senior population distribution is 18 people or 4.9% are 65–79 years old, 8 or 2.2% are 80–89 years old and 4 people or 1.1% of the population are 90+ years old.[5]

In Altwis about 73.3% of the population (between age 25-64) have completed either non-mandatory upper secondary education or additional higher education (either university or a Fachhochschule).

As of 2000 there are 132 households, of which 41 households (or about 31.1%) contain only a single individual. 22 or about 16.7% are large households, with at least five members.[5] As of 2000 there were 93 inhabited buildings in the municipality, of which 61 were built only as housing, and 32 were mixed use buildings. There were 51 single family homes, 8 double family homes, and 2 multi-family homes in the municipality. Most homes were either two (41) or three (14) story structures. There were only 4 single story buildings and 2 four or more story buildings.[5]

Altwis has an unemployment rate of 0.79%. As of 2005, there were 56 people employed in the primary economic sector and about 18 businesses involved in this sector. 11 people are employed in the secondary sector and there are 4 businesses in this sector. 72 people are employed in the tertiary sector, with 12 businesses in this sector.[4] As of 2000 58.5% of the population of the municipality were employed in some capacity. At the same time, females made up 40.6% of the workforce.

In the 2000 census the religious membership of Altwis was; 266 (75.1%) were Roman Catholic, and 23 (6.5%) were Protestant, with an additional 1 (0.28%) who was of some other Christian faith. There are 33 individuals (9.32% of the population) who are Muslim. Of the rest; there were 16 (4.52%) who do not belong to any organized religion, 15 (4.24%) who did not answer the question.[5]

The historical population is given in the following table:[3]

year population
1680 214
1798 330
1850 372
1870 422
1900 349
1920 297
1950 350
1970 295
2000 354



  1. ^ Arealstatistik Standard - Gemeindedaten nach 4 Hauptbereichen
  2. ^ a b Swiss Federal Statistical Office - STAT-TAB, online database – Ständige und nichtständige Wohnbevölkerung nach institutionellen Gliederungen, Geburtsort und Staatsangehörigkeit (in German) accessed 30 August 2017
  3. ^ a b Altwis in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland.
  4. ^ a b Swiss Federal Statistical Office Archived 2016-01-05 at the Wayback Machine. accessed 18-Aug-2009
  5. ^ a b c d LUSTAT Lucerne Cantonal Statistics Archived November 27, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. (in German) accessed 12 August 2009

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