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Former municipality of Switzerland
Coat of arms of Cunter
Coat of arms
Cunter is located in Switzerland
Location of Cunter
Karte Gemeinde Cunter 2015.png
Cunter is located in Canton of Graubünden
Cunter (Canton of Graubünden)
Coordinates: 46°36′N 9°35′E / 46.600°N 9.583°E / 46.600; 9.583Coordinates: 46°36′N 9°35′E / 46.600°N 9.583°E / 46.600; 9.583
Country Switzerland
Canton Graubünden
District Albula
 • Mayor Filip Dosch
 • Total 7.11 km2 (2.75 sq mi)
Elevation 1,182 m (3,878 ft)
Population (Dec 2014)
 • Total 256
 • Density 36/km2 (93/sq mi)
Postal code 7452
SFOS number 3532
Localities Burvagn, Muntschect, Promastgel
Surrounded by Riom-Parsonz, Salouf, Savognin, Tiefencastel
SFSO statistics

Cunter (Romansh, in German: Conters im Oberhalbstein) is a village and former municipality in the Sursés in the district of Albula in the canton of Graubünden in Switzerland. On 1 January 2016 the former municipalities of Bivio, Cunter, Marmorera, Mulegns, Riom-Parsonz, Salouf, Savognin, Sur and Tinizong-Rona merged to form the new municipality of Surses.[1]


Cunter is first mentioned in 1370 as Contra.[2]


Cunter had an area, as of 2006, of 7.1 square kilometers (2.7 sq mi). Of this area, 32.3% is used for agricultural purposes, while 49.9% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 2.5% is settled (buildings or roads) and the remainder (15.2%) is non-productive (rivers, glaciers or mountains).[3]

The former municipality is located in the Surses sub-district of the Albula district. It lies on the road to the Julier Pass, between Tiefencastel and Savognin. It consists of the village of Cunter and the hamlets of Burvagn, Promastgel and Muntschect. Until 1943 Cunter was known as Conters im Oberhalbstein.[4]


Cunter had a population (as of 2014} of 256. As of 2008, 19.7% of the population was made up of foreign nationals. Over the last 10 years the population has grown at a rate of 11.5%. Most of the population (as of 2000) speaks Romansh (51.0%), with German being second most common (36.4%) and Italian being third ( 5.6%).[3]

As of 2000, the gender distribution of the population was 50.2% male and 49.8% female.[5] The age distribution, as of 2000, in Cunter is; 18 people or 9.1% of the population are between 0 and 9 years old. 7 people or 3.5% are 10 to 14, and 16 people or 8.1% are 15 to 19. Of the adult population, 29 people or 14.6% of the population are between 20 and 29 years old. 28 people or 14.1% are 30 to 39, 36 people or 18.2% are 40 to 49, and 31 people or 15.7% are 50 to 59. The senior population distribution is 13 people or 6.6% of the population are between 60 and 69 years old, 15 people or 7.6% are 70 to 79, there are 4 people or 2.0% who are 80 to 89, and there are 1 people or 0.5% who are 90 to 99.[6]

In the 2007 federal election the most popular party was the CVP which received 62.6% of the vote. The next three most popular parties were the SVP (19.6%), the FDP (10%) and the SPS (6.7%).[3]

The entire Swiss population is generally well educated. In Cunter about 61.5% 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]

Cunter has an unemployment rate of 2.44%. As of 2005, there were 10 people employed in the primary economic sector and about 5 businesses involved in this sector. 9 people are employed in the secondary sector and there are 3 businesses in this sector. 11 people are employed in the tertiary sector, with 6 businesses in this sector.[3]

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

year population
1850 182
1900 152
1950 152
1970 116
2000 198
2010 240


  1. ^ Amtliches Gemeindeverzeichnis der Schweiz published by the Swiss Federal Statistical Office (in German) accessed 27 April 2016
  2. ^ a b Cunter in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland.
  3. ^ a b c d e Swiss Federal Statistical Office Archived January 5, 2016, at the Wayback Machine. accessed 24-Sep-2009
  4. ^ Amtliches Gemeindeverzeichnis der Schweiz published by the Swiss Federal Statistical Office (in German) accessed 23 September 2009
  5. ^ Graubunden in Numbers Archived September 24, 2009, at the Wayback Machine. (in German) accessed 21 September 2009
  6. ^ Graubunden Population Statistics Archived August 27, 2009, at the Wayback Machine. (in German) accessed 21 September 2009

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