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Former municipality of Switzerland
Coat of arms of Chandolin
Coat of arms
Chandolin is located in Switzerland
Chandolin is located in Canton of Valais
Coordinates: 46°15′N 7°36′E / 46.250°N 7.600°E / 46.250; 7.600Coordinates: 46°15′N 7°36′E / 46.250°N 7.600°E / 46.250; 7.600
Country Switzerland
Canton Valais
District Sierre
 • Total 16.7 km2 (6.4 sq mi)
Elevation 1,936 m (6,352 ft)
 • Total 82
 • Density 4.9/km2 (13/sq mi)
Postal code 1965
SFOS number 6233
SFSO statistics

Chandolin is a village in the district of Sierre in the Swiss canton of Valais. An independent municipality before, it merged on 1 January 2009 with neighboring Ayer, Grimentz, Saint Jean, Saint-Luc and Vissoie to form the municipality of Anniviers.[1]


Chandolin is first mentioned about 1250 as Eschandulyns.[2] Chandolin was the permanent home of Swiss travel writer Ella Maillart until her death, and it now houses the Ella Maillart Museum in her memory.

Coat of arms[edit]

The blazon of the village coat of arms is Azure, a Chamois rampant Sable over a rock Argent in chief sinister a Mullet of Five Or.[3]


Most of the population (as of 2000) speaks French (81 or 85.3%) as their first language, German is the second most common (8 or 8.4%) and Portuguese is the third (4 or 4.2%).[4]

Of the population in the village, 28 or about 29.5% were born in Chandolin and lived there in 2000. There were 29 or 30.5% who were born in the same canton, while 18 or 18.9% were born somewhere else in Switzerland, and 20 or 21.1% were born outside of Switzerland.[4] As of 2000, there were 32 people who were single and never married in the village. There were 58 married individuals, 1 widows or widowers and 4 individuals who are divorced.[4]

There were 13 households that consist of only one person and 2 households with five or more people. In 2000, a total of 42 apartments (9.6% of the total) were permanently occupied, while 340 apartments (77.4%) were seasonally occupied and 57 apartments (13.0%) were empty.[5]

The historical population is given in the following chart:[2][6]


In the 2007 federal election the most popular party was the CVP which received 39.22% of the vote. The next three most popular parties were the SVP (26.05%), the Green Party (10.64%) and the FDP (7.84%). In the federal election, a total of 57 votes were cast, and the voter turnout was 64.8%.[7]


There were 57 residents of the village who were employed in some capacity, of which females made up 38.6% of the workforce. In 2008 the total number of full-time equivalent jobs was 32. The number of jobs in the primary sector was 2, all of which were in agriculture. The number of jobs in the secondary sector was 4 of which 1 was in manufacturing and 3 were in construction. The number of jobs in the tertiary sector was 26. In the tertiary sector; 5 or 19.2% were in the sale or repair of motor vehicles, 15 or 57.7% were in a hotel or restaurant, .[8]

In 2000, there were 11 workers who commuted into the village and 17 workers who commuted away. The village is a net exporter of workers, with about 1.5 workers leaving the village for every one entering.[9]


From the 2000 census, 69 or 72.6% were Roman Catholic, while 12 or 12.6% belonged to the Swiss Reformed Church. 10 (or about 10.53% of the population) belonged to no church, are agnostic or atheist, and 4 individuals (or about 4.21% of the population) did not answer the question.[4]


In Chandolin about 31 or (32.6%) of the population have completed non-mandatory upper secondary education, and 21 or (22.1%) have completed additional higher education (either University or a Fachhochschule). Of the 21 who completed tertiary schooling, 66.7% were Swiss men, 9.5% were Swiss women.[4]

As of 2000, there were 13 students from Chandolin who attended schools outside the village.[9]


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