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Coat of arms of Bourrignon
Coat of arms
Bourrignon is located in Switzerland
Bourrignon is located in Canton of Jura
Coordinates: 47°24′N 07°15′E / 47.400°N 7.250°E / 47.400; 7.250Coordinates: 47°24′N 07°15′E / 47.400°N 7.250°E / 47.400; 7.250
Country Switzerland
Canton Jura
District Delémont
 • Mayor Maire
Didier Torti
 • Total 13.55 km2 (5.23 sq mi)
Elevation 770 m (2,530 ft)
Population (Dec 2016[2])
 • Total 267
 • Density 20/km2 (51/sq mi)
Postal code 2803
SFOS number 6703
Surrounded by Asuel, Pleujouse, Pleigne, Delémont, Develier, Boécourt
SFSO statistics

Bourrignon is a municipality in the district of Delémont in the canton of Jura in Switzerland.


Bourrignon is first mentioned in 1136 as Borognuns. In 1295 it was mentioned as Burgis. The municipality was formerly known by its German name Bürkis, however, that name is no longer used.[3]


Bourrignon has an area of 13.55 km2 (5.23 sq mi).[1] Of this area, 8.85 km2 (3.42 sq mi) or 65.3% is used for agricultural purposes, while 4.35 km2 (1.68 sq mi) or 32.1% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 0.33 km2 (0.13 sq mi) or 2.4% is settled (buildings or roads), 0.01 km2 (2.5 acres) or 0.1% is either rivers or lakes and 0.01 km2 (2.5 acres) or 0.1% is unproductive land.[4]

Of the built up area, housing and buildings made up 1.4% and transportation infrastructure made up 0.9%. Out of the forested land, 29.5% of the total land area is heavily forested and 2.6% is covered with orchards or small clusters of trees. Of the agricultural land, 24.0% is used for growing crops and 17.2% is pastures and 23.8% is used for alpine pastures. All the water in the municipality is flowing water.[4]

The municipality is located in the Delemont district, on a terrace on the northern slope of the Les Rangiers mountain chain.

The municipalities of Bourrignon, Châtillon, Courrendlin, Courtételle, Delémont, Ederswiler, Mettembert, Movelier, Pleigne, Rebeuvelier, Rossemaison and Vellerat are considering a merger on at a date in the future into the new municipality with an, as of 2011, undetermined name.[5]

Coat of arms[edit]

The blazon of the municipal coat of arms is Argent, from a Base Vert issuant a Castle Sable with two stories both embattled, first towered in sinister and second in dexter.[6]


Bourrignon has a population (as of December 2016) of 267.[2] As of 2008, 2.5% of the population are resident foreign nationals.[7] Over the last 10 years (2000–2010) the population has changed at a rate of -7.5%. Migration accounted for -10.8%, while births and deaths accounted for 2%.[8]

Most of the population (as of 2000) speaks French (268 or 93.7%) as their first language, German is the second most common (14 or 4.9%) and Serbo-Croatian is the third (3 or 1.0%).[9]

As of 2008, the population was 47.9% male and 52.1% female. The population was made up of 133 Swiss men (47.2% of the population) and 2 (0.7%) non-Swiss men. There were 142 Swiss women (50.4%) and 5 (1.8%) non-Swiss women.[10] Of the population in the municipality, 179 or about 62.6% were born in Bourrignon and lived there in 2000. There were 61 or 21.3% who were born in the same canton, while 31 or 10.8% were born somewhere else in Switzerland, and 12 or 4.2% were born outside of Switzerland.[9]

As of 2000, children and teenagers (0–19 years old) make up 37.8% of the population, while adults (20–64 years old) make up 50% and seniors (over 64 years old) make up 12.2%.[8]

As of 2000, there were 138 people who were single and never married in the municipality. There were 137 married individuals, 8 widows or widowers and 3 individuals who are divorced.[9]

As of 2000, there were 91 private households in the municipality, and an average of 3.1 persons per household.[8] There were 19 households that consist of only one person and 20 households with five or more people. In 2000, a total of 90 apartments (90.9% of the total) were permanently occupied, while 6 apartments (6.1%) were seasonally occupied and 3 apartments (3.0%) were empty.[11] The vacancy rate for the municipality, in 2010, was 3.81%.[8]

The historical population is given in the following chart:[3][12]


The entire village of Bourrignon is designated as part of the Inventory of Swiss Heritage Sites[13]


In the 2007 federal election the most popular party was the CVP which received 28.08% of the vote. The next three most popular parties were the SPS (27.79%), the CSP (19.77%) and the SVP (19.2%). In the federal election, a total of 176 votes were cast, and the voter turnout was 72.1%.[14]


As of 2010, Bourrignon had an unemployment rate of 2.3%. As of 2008, there were 57 people employed in the primary economic sector and about 19 businesses involved in this sector. 8 people were employed in the secondary sector and there were 2 businesses in this sector. 10 people were employed in the tertiary sector, with 4 businesses in this sector.[8] There were 122 residents of the municipality who were employed in some capacity, of which females made up 36.1% of the workforce.

In 2008 the total number of full-time equivalent jobs was 57. The number of jobs in the primary sector was 42, all of which were in agriculture. The number of jobs in the secondary sector was 7, all of which were in manufacturing. The number of jobs in the tertiary sector was 8. In the tertiary sector; 6 or 75.0% were in wholesale or retail sales or the repair of motor vehicles, 1 was in the movement and storage of goods and 1 was in the information industry.[15]

In 2000, there were 7 workers who commuted into the municipality and 54 workers who commuted away. The municipality is a net exporter of workers, with about 7.7 workers leaving the municipality for every one entering.[16] Of the working population, 9% used public transportation to get to work, and 50% used a private car.[8]


From the 2000 census, 229 or 80.1% were Roman Catholic, while 13 or 4.5% belonged to the Swiss Reformed Church. Of the rest of the population, there were 4 members of an Orthodox church (or about 1.40% of the population), and there were 58 individuals (or about 20.28% of the population) who belonged to another Christian church. There were 1 individual who belonged to another church. 9 (or about 3.15% of the population) belonged to no church, are agnostic or atheist, and 1 individuals (or about 0.35% of the population) did not answer the question.[9]


In Bourrignon about 76 or (26.6%) of the population have completed non-mandatory upper secondary education, and 24 or (8.4%) have completed additional higher education (either university or a Fachhochschule). Of the 24 who completed tertiary schooling, 79.2% were Swiss men, 16.7% were Swiss women.[9]

The Canton of Jura school system provides two year of non-obligatory Kindergarten, followed by six years of Primary school. This is followed by three years of obligatory lower Secondary school where the students are separated according to ability and aptitude. Following the lower Secondary students may attend a three or four year optional upper Secondary school followed by some form of Tertiary school or they may enter an apprenticeship.[17]

During the 2009-10 school year, there were no students attending school in Bourrignon.[18] As of 2000, there were 3 students in Bourrignon who came from another municipality, while 33 residents attended schools outside the municipality.[16]


  1. ^ a b 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 Bourrignon in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland.
  4. ^ a b Swiss Federal Statistical Office-Land Use Statistics 2009 data (in German) accessed 25 March 2010
  5. ^ Amtliches Gemeindeverzeichnis der Schweiz Archived May 13, 2016, at the Wayback Machine. published by the Swiss Federal Statistical Office (in German) accessed 17 February 2011
  6. ^ Flags of the Archived March 4, 2016, at the Wayback Machine. accessed 20-December-2011
  7. ^ Swiss Federal Statistical Office - Superweb database - Gemeinde Statistics 1981-2008 Archived June 28, 2010, at the Wayback Machine. (in German) accessed 19 June 2010
  8. ^ a b c d e f Swiss Federal Statistical Office Archived January 5, 2016, at the Wayback Machine. accessed 20-December-2011
  9. ^ a b c d e STAT-TAB Datenwürfel für Thema 40.3 - 2000 Archived April 9, 2014, at the Wayback Machine. (in German) accessed 2 February 2011
  10. ^ Canton Jura Statistics- Population résidante permanente au 1er janvier 2010, canton du Jura et communes Archived April 26, 2012, at the Wayback Machine. (in French) accessed 2 March 2011
  11. ^ Swiss Federal Statistical Office STAT-TAB - Datenwürfel für Thema 09.2 - Gebäude und Wohnungen Archived September 7, 2014, at the Wayback Machine. (in German) accessed 28 January 2011
  12. ^ Swiss Federal Statistical Office STAT-TAB Bevölkerungsentwicklung nach Region, 1850-2000 Archived September 30, 2014, at the Wayback Machine. (in German) accessed 29 January 2011
  13. ^ "Kantonsliste A-Objekte". KGS Inventar (in German). Federal Office of Civil Protection. 2009. Archived from the original on 28 June 2010. Retrieved 25 April 2011. 
  14. ^ Swiss Federal Statistical Office, Nationalratswahlen 2007: Stärke der Parteien und Wahlbeteiligung, nach Gemeinden/Bezirk/Canton Archived May 14, 2015, at the Wayback Machine. (in German) accessed 28 May 2010
  15. ^ Swiss Federal Statistical Office STAT-TAB Betriebszählung: Arbeitsstätten nach Gemeinde und NOGA 2008 (Abschnitte), Sektoren 1-3 Archived December 25, 2014, at the Wayback Machine. (in German) accessed 28 January 2011
  16. ^ a b Swiss Federal Statistical Office - Statweb (in German) accessed 24 June 2010
  17. ^ EDK/CDIP/IDES (2010). Kantonale Schulstrukturen in der Schweiz und im Fürstentum Liechtenstein / Structures Scolaires Cantonales en Suisse et Dans la Principauté du Liechtenstein (PDF) (Report). Retrieved 24 June 2010. 
  18. ^ Population résidante permanente des communes, selon le sexe et la nationalité, au 31 décembre 2010, canton du Jura Archived April 26, 2012, at the Wayback Machine. pdf document from the Canton of Jura Statistical Office Archived April 26, 2012, at the Wayback Machine. accessed 19 December 2011

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