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Coat of arms of Dallenwil
Coat of arms
Location of Dallenwil
Dallenwil is located in Switzerland
Dallenwil is located in Canton of Nidwalden
Coordinates: 46°56′N 8°23′E / 46.933°N 8.383°E / 46.933; 8.383Coordinates: 46°56′N 8°23′E / 46.933°N 8.383°E / 46.933; 8.383
 • Total15.48 km2 (5.98 sq mi)
545 m (1,788 ft)
 • Total1,845
 • Density120/km2 (310/sq mi)
Postal code
SFOS number1503
Surrounded byEnnetmoos, Kerns (OW), Oberdorf, Stans, Wolfenschiessen
SFSO statistics

Dallenwil is a municipality in the canton of Nidwalden in Switzerland.


Dallenwil is first mentioned about 1199-1210 as Tellewilare or Telliwilare. In 1850 it was known as Thalwyl and it wasn't until 1913 that it became Dallenwil.[3]


Parish church St. Laurentius

Dallenwil has an area, as of 2006, of 15.5 square kilometers (6.0 sq mi). Of this area, 53.7% is used for agricultural purposes, while 38% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 4.6% is settled (buildings or roads) and the remainder (3.7%) is non-productive (rivers, glaciers or mountains).[4]

The municipality is located along the old cantonal highway from Stans to Wolfenschiessen and around the parish church.


Dallenwil has a population (as of 31 December 2017) of 1,814.[5] As of 2007, 7.1% of the population was made up of foreign nationals.[6] Over the last 10 years the population has grown at a rate of 2.8%. Most of the population (as of 2000) speaks German (95.8%), with Albanian being second most common ( 1.4%) and Serbo-Croatian being third ( 0.7%).[4] As of 2008 the gender distribution of the population was 51.0% male and 49.0% female.

As of 2000 there are 607 households, of which 336 households (or about 55.4%) contain only one or two individuals. 82 or about 13.5% are large households, with at least five members.[7]

In the 2007 federal election the most popular party was the FDP which received 81.6% of the vote. Most of the rest of the votes went to local small right-wing parties (15.1%).[4]

The entire Swiss population is generally well educated. In Dallenwil about 68.2% of the population (between age 25-64) have completed either non-mandatory upper secondary education or additional higher education (either University or a Fachhochschule).[4]

Dallenwil has an unemployment rate of 0.92%. As of 2005, there were 145 people employed in the primary economic sector and about 52 businesses involved in this sector. 165 people are employed in the secondary sector and there are 18 businesses in this sector. 245 people are employed in the tertiary sector, with 50 businesses in this sector.[4]

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

year population
1850 731
1900 612
1950 869
1980 1,142
1990 1,508
2000 1,732
2005 1,756


Dallenwil is served by Dallenwil station on the Luzern–Stans–Engelberg line. Lucerne S-Bahn S4 service provides two trains per hour to and from Lucerne, and the hourly InterRegio service between Lucerne and Engelberg also stops in Stans.[8]


The main sights of Dallenwil are the ski and summer resort Wiesenberg/Wirzweli, the church St. Laurentius, and the pilgrimage chapel Wiesenberg.


  1. ^ a b "Arealstatistik Standard - Gemeinden nach 4 Hauptbereichen". Federal Statistical Office. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  2. ^ "Ständige Wohnbevölkerung nach Staatsangehörigkeitskategorie Geschlecht und Gemeinde; Provisorische Jahresergebnisse; 2018". Federal Statistical Office. 9 April 2019. Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  3. ^ a b Dallenwil in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland.
  4. ^ a b c d e Swiss Federal Statistical Office Archived January 5, 2016, at the Wayback Machine accessed 04-Sep-2009
  5. ^ "STAT-TAB – Ständige und nichtständige Wohnbevölkerung nach institutionellen Gliederungen, Geburtsort und Staatsangehörigkeit" (online database) (official site) (in German and French). Neuchâtel, Switzerland: Federal Statistical Office - FSO. Retrieved 17 September 2018.
  6. ^ Nidwalden Statistical Office-Population (in German) accessed 4 September 2009
  7. ^ Nidwalden Statistical Office-Municipalities[permanent dead link] (in German) accessed 4 September 2009
  8. ^ "Luzern–Stans–Engelberg" (PDF). Bundesamt für Verkehr. Retrieved 2013-01-14.

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