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Coat of arms of Dorénaz
Coat of arms
Dorénaz is located in Switzerland
Dorénaz is located in Canton of Valais
Coordinates: 46°9′N 7°3′E / 46.150°N 7.050°E / 46.150; 7.050Coordinates: 46°9′N 7°3′E / 46.150°N 7.050°E / 46.150; 7.050
Country Switzerland
Canton Valais
District Saint-Maurice
 • Mayor Daniel Fournier
 • Total 12.57 km2 (4.85 sq mi)
Elevation 451 m (1,480 ft)
Population (Dec 2015[2])
 • Total 870
 • Density 69/km2 (180/sq mi)
Postal code 1905
SFOS number 6212
Surrounded by Collonges, Evionnaz, Fully, Martigny, Vernayaz
SFSO statistics

Dorénaz is a municipality in the district of Saint-Maurice in the canton of Valais in Switzerland.


Dorénaz is first mentioned in the 11th and 12th Centuries as usque ad frontem Dorone.[3]


Dorénaz has an area, as of 2011, of 12.5 square kilometers (4.8 sq mi). Of this area, 24.3% is used for agricultural purposes, while 60.4% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 3.8% is settled (buildings or roads) and 11.5% is unproductive land.[4]

The municipality is located in the Saint-Maurice district, on the right side of the Rhone.

Coat of arms[edit]

The blazon of the municipal coat of arms is Per saltire Gules and Argent two Hammers in chief a Cross bottony and in base an Escallop counterchanged.[5]


Dorénaz has a population (as of December 2015) of 870.[2] As of 2008, 8.9% of the population are resident foreign nationals.[6] Over the last 10 years (2000–2010 ) the population has changed at a rate of 17.1%. It has changed at a rate of 20.2% due to migration and at a rate of 1.2% due to births and deaths.[4]

Most of the population (as of 2000) speaks French (582 or 95.9%) as their first language, Portuguese is the second most common (13 or 2.1%) and Italian is the third (7 or 1.2%). There are 2 people who speak German.[7]

As of 2008, the population was 49.6% male and 50.4% female. The population was made up of 303 Swiss men (42.9% of the population) and 48 (6.8%) non-Swiss men. There were 323 Swiss women (45.7%) and 33 (4.7%) non-Swiss women.[8] Of the population in the municipality, 301 or about 49.6% were born in Dorénaz and lived there in 2000. There were 146 or 24.1% who were born in the same canton, while 82 or 13.5% were born somewhere else in Switzerland, and 65 or 10.7% were born outside of Switzerland.[7]

As of 2000, children and teenagers (0–19 years old) make up 29% of the population, while adults (20–64 years old) make up 56.5% and seniors (over 64 years old) make up 14.5%.[4]

As of 2000, there were 261 people who were single and never married in the municipality. There were 272 married individuals, 47 widows or widowers and 27 individuals who are divorced.[7]

As of 2000, there were 181 private households in the municipality, and an average of 2.9 persons per household.[4] There were 48 households that consist of only one person and 24 households with five or more people. In 2000, a total of 178 apartments (57.4% of the total) were permanently occupied, while 104 apartments (33.5%) were seasonally occupied and 28 apartments (9.0%) were empty.[9] As of 2009, the construction rate of new housing units was 11.3 new units per 1000 residents.[4]

The historical population is given in the following chart:[3][10]


In the 2007 federal election the most popular party was the FDP which received 33.78% of the vote. The next three most popular parties were the SVP (26.64%), the CVP (25.94%) and the SP (8.02%). In the federal election, a total of 330 votes were cast, and the voter turnout was 68.8%.[11]

In the 2009 Conseil d'Etat/Staatsrat election a total of 364 votes were cast, of which 36 or about 9.9% were invalid. The voter participation was 76.6%, which is much more than the cantonal average of 54.67%.[12] In the 2007 Swiss Council of States election a total of 322 votes were cast, of which 22 or about 6.8% were invalid. The voter participation was 68.2%, which is much more than the cantonal average of 59.88%.[13]


As of 2010, Dorénaz had an unemployment rate of 4.9%. As of 2008, there were 20 people employed in the primary economic sector and about 10 businesses involved in this sector. 8 people were employed in the secondary sector and there were 3 businesses in this sector. 70 people were employed in the tertiary sector, with 11 businesses in this sector.[4] There were 271 residents of the municipality who were employed in some capacity, of which females made up 38.7% of the workforce.

In 2008 the total number of full-time equivalent jobs was 78. The number of jobs in the primary sector was 10, all of which were in agriculture. The number of jobs in the secondary sector was 8 of which 5 (62.5%) were in construction. The number of jobs in the tertiary sector was 60. In the tertiary sector; 38 or 63.3% were in wholesale or retail sales or the repair of motor vehicles, 3 or 5.0% were in the movement and storage of goods, 5 or 8.3% were in a hotel or restaurant, 1 was in the information industry, 5 or 8.3% were in education.[14]

In 2000, there were 29 workers who commuted into the municipality and 188 workers who commuted away. The municipality is a net exporter of workers, with about 6.5 workers leaving the municipality for every one entering.[15] Of the working population, 9.6% used public transportation to get to work, and 70.8% used a private car.[4]


From the 2000 census, 480 or 79.1% were Roman Catholic, while 66 or 10.9% belonged to the Swiss Reformed Church. There was 1 individual who was Jewish, and 10 (or about 1.65% of the population) who were Islamic. There was 1 person who was Buddhist. 36 (or about 5.93% of the population) belonged to no church, are agnostic or atheist, and 13 individuals (or about 2.14% of the population) did not answer the question.[7]


In Dorénaz about 214 or (35.3%) of the population have completed non-mandatory upper secondary education, and 36 or (5.9%) have completed additional higher education (either university or a Fachhochschule). Of the 36 who completed tertiary schooling, 63.9% were Swiss men, 33.3% were Swiss women.[7]

As of 2000, there were 21 students in Dorénaz who came from another municipality, while 60 residents attended schools outside the municipality.[15]


  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 (German) accessed 30 August 2016
  3. ^ a b Dorénaz in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g Swiss Federal Statistical Office Archived January 5, 2016, at the Wayback Machine. accessed 21-September-2011
  5. ^ Flags of the accessed 21-September-2011
  6. ^ Swiss Federal Statistical Office - Superweb database - Gemeinde Statistics 1981-2008 Archived June 28, 2010, at the Wayback Machine. (German) accessed 19 June 2010
  7. ^ a b c d e STAT-TAB Datenwürfel für Thema 40.3 - 2000 Archived April 9, 2014, at the Wayback Machine. (German) accessed 2 February 2011
  8. ^ Ständige Wohnbevolkerung nach Geschlecht und Heimat am 31.12.2009.xls (German) (French) accessed 24 August 2011
  9. ^ Swiss Federal Statistical Office STAT-TAB - Datenwürfel für Thema 09.2 - Gebäude und Wohnungen Archived September 7, 2014, at the Wayback Machine. (German) accessed 28 January 2011
  10. ^ Swiss Federal Statistical Office STAT-TAB Bevölkerungsentwicklung nach Region, 1850-2000 Archived September 30, 2014, at the Wayback Machine. (German) accessed 29 January 2011
  11. ^ Swiss Federal Statistical Office, Nationalratswahlen 2007: Stärke der Parteien und Wahlbeteiligung, nach Gemeinden/Bezirk/Canton Archived May 14, 2015, at the Wayback Machine. (German) accessed 28 May 2010
  12. ^ Staatsratswahlen vom 1. März 2009 (German) accessed 24 August 2011
  13. ^ Ständeratswahl 2007 (German) accessed 24 August 2011
  14. ^ 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. (German) accessed 28 January 2011
  15. ^ a b Swiss Federal Statistical Office - Statweb[permanent dead link] (German) accessed 24 June 2010

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