Galgenen

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Galgenen
Galgenen 148.JPG
Coat of arms of Galgenen
Coat of arms
Galgenen is located in Switzerland
Galgenen
Galgenen
Galgenen is located in Canton of Schwyz
Galgenen
Galgenen
Coordinates: 47°11′N 8°53′E / 47.183°N 8.883°E / 47.183; 8.883Coordinates: 47°11′N 8°53′E / 47.183°N 8.883°E / 47.183; 8.883
Country Switzerland
Canton Schwyz
District March
Area[1]
 • Total 13.28 km2 (5.13 sq mi)
Elevation 425 m (1,394 ft)
Population (Dec 2015[2])
 • Total 5,141
 • Density 390/km2 (1,000/sq mi)
Postal code 8854
SFOS number 1342
Surrounded by Altendorf, Lachen, Schübelbach, Vorderthal, Wangen
Website www.galgenen.ch
SFSO statistics

Galgenen is a municipality in March District in the canton of Schwyz in Switzerland.

Catholic St. Martin Church at Galgenen

History[edit]

Galgenen is first mentioned in 1229 as Galgênne.[3]

Geography[edit]

Galgenen has an area, as of 2006, of 13.3 km2 (5.1 sq mi). Of this area, 50.8% is used for agricultural purposes, while 39.8% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 9% is settled (buildings or roads) and the remainder (0.4%) is non-productive (rivers, glaciers or mountains).[4]

It consists of the village of Galgenen and village section of Siebnen-Galgenen as well as the hamlets of Achern, Buechli, Stöckli and Steinweid.

Demographics[edit]

Galgenen has a population (as of 31 December 2015) of 5,141.[5] As of 2007, 17.4% of the population was made up of foreign nationals.[6] Over the last 10 years the population has grown at a rate of 10.6%. Most of the population (as of 2000) speaks German (90.7%), with Albanian being second most common ( 3.0%) and Serbo-Croatian being third (1.4%).[4]

As of 2000 the gender distribution of the population was 51.3% male and 48.7% female. The age distribution, as of 2008, in Galgenen is; 1,008 people or 25.7% of the population is between 0 and 19. 1,194 people or 30.4% are 20 to 39, and 1,305 people or 33.2% are 40 to 64. The senior population distribution is 261 people or 6.6% are 65 to 74. There are 110 people or 2.8% who are 70 to 79 and 49 people or 1.25% of the population who are over 80.[6]

As of 2000 there are 1,575 households, of which 448 households (or about 28.4%) contain only a single individual. 116 or about 7.4% are large households, with at least five members.[6]

In the 2007 election the most popular party was the SVP which received 52.1% of the vote. The next three most popular parties were the FDP (18.9%), the SPS (12.4%) and the CVP (12.1%).[4]

The entire Swiss population is generally well educated. In Galgenen about 67.4% 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]

Galgenen has an unemployment rate of 1.59%. As of 2005, there were 183 people employed in the primary economic sector and about 71 businesses involved in this sector. 309 people are employed in the secondary sector and there are 60 businesses in this sector. 475 people are employed in the tertiary sector, with 130 businesses in this sector.[4]

From the 2000 census, 2,680 or 68.2% are Roman Catholic, while 577 or 14.7% belonged to the Swiss Reformed Church. Of the rest of the population, there are less than 5 individuals who belong to the Christian Catholic faith, there are 55 individuals (or about 1.40% of the population) who belong to the Orthodox Church, and there are less than 5 individuals who belong to another Christian church. There are 270 (or about 6.88% of the population) who are Islamic. There are 10 individuals (or about 0.25% of the population) who belong to another church (not listed on the census), 201 (or about 5.12% of the population) belong to no church, are agnostic or atheist, and 129 individuals (or about 3.28% of the population) did not answer the question.[6]

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

Year Population
1850 1,343
1900 1,410
1950 2,299
1970 2,539
1980 2,895
1990 3,473
2000 4,042
2005 4,178
2007 4,406

References[edit]

  1. ^ Arealstatistik Standard - Gemeindedaten nach 4 Hauptbereichen
  2. ^ 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 Galgenen 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 2 September 2009
  5. ^ Swiss Federal Statistical Office - STAT-TAB, online database – Ständige und nichtständige Wohnbevölkerung nach institutionellen Gliederungen, Geburtsort und Staatsangehörigkeit (German) accessed 30 August 2016
  6. ^ a b c d Canton Schwyz Statistics Archived June 9, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. (German) accessed 27 August 2009

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