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Coat of arms of Grossdietwil
Coat of arms
Location of Grossdietwil
Grossdietwil is located in Switzerland
Grossdietwil is located in Canton of Lucerne
Coordinates: 47°10′N 7°53′E / 47.167°N 7.883°E / 47.167; 7.883Coordinates: 47°10′N 7°53′E / 47.167°N 7.883°E / 47.167; 7.883
 • Total10.23 km2 (3.95 sq mi)
571 m (1,873 ft)
 • Total858
 • Density84/km2 (220/sq mi)
Postal code
SFOS number1131
Surrounded byAltbüron, Ebersecken, Fischbach, Gondiswil (BE), Melchnau (BE), Ohmstal, Pfaffnau, Reiden, Roggliswil
Profile (in German), SFSO statistics

Grossdietwil is a municipality in the district of Willisau in the canton of Lucerne in Switzerland.


Grossdietwil is first mentioned in 1194 as Toutwillare. Since 1810 it has been known as Grossdietwil.[3]


Grossdietwil has an area, as of 2006, of 10.2 km2 (3.9 sq mi). Of this area, 72.2% is used for agricultural purposes, while 22% is forested. The rest of the land, (5.8%) is settled.[4] In the 1997 land survey, 21.99% of the total land area was forested. Of the agricultural land, 68.82% is used for farming or pastures, while 3.42% is used for orchards or vine crops. Of the settled areas, 2.64% is covered with buildings, 0.1% is industrial, 0.39% is classed as special developments, 0.49% is parks or greenbelts and 2.15% is transportation infrastructure.[5]

The municipality is located in the upper Rot valley (Rottal). It consists of the village of Grossdietwil, the hamlets of Arpolingen and Kället and the exclave of Eppenwil.


Grossdietwil has a population (as of 31 December 2018) of 858.[6] As of 2007, 56 or about 6.7% are not Swiss citizens.[7] Over the last 10 years the population has decreased at a rate of -9.6%. Most of the population (as of 2000) speaks German (93.4%), with Albanian being second most common ( 4.2%) and Portuguese being third ( 0.5%).

In the 2007 election the most popular party was the CVP which received 49.5% of the vote. The next three most popular parties were the SVP (23.2%), the FDP (17.5%) and the Green Party (5.5%).

The age distribution, as of 2008, in Grossdietwil is; 251 people or 29.9% of the population is 0–19 years old. 184 people or 21.9% are 20–39 years old, and 290 people or 34.6% are 40–64 years old. The senior population distribution is 83 people or 9.9% are 65–79 years old, 26 or 3.1% are 80–89 years old and 5 people or 0.6% of the population are 90+ years old.[5]

The entire Swiss population is generally well educated. In Grossdietwil 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).

As of 2000 there are 262 households, of which 59 households (or about 22.5%) contain only a single individual. 56 or about 21.4% are large households, with at least five members.[5] As of 2000 there were 181 inhabited buildings in the municipality, of which 101 were built only as housing, and 80 were mixed use buildings. There were 74 single family homes, 20 double family homes, and 7 multi-family homes in the municipality. Most homes were either two (68) or three (21) story structures. There were only 7 single story buildings and 5 four or more story buildings.[5]

Grossdietwil has an unemployment rate of 0.89%. As of 2005, there were 116 people employed in the primary economic sector and about 41 businesses involved in this sector. 84 people are employed in the secondary sector and there are 12 businesses in this sector. 62 people are employed in the tertiary sector, with 17 businesses in this sector.[4] As of 2000 49.3% of the population of the municipality were employed in some capacity. At the same time, females made up 37.2% of the workforce.

In the 2000 census the religious membership of Grossdietwil was; 660 (81.7%) were Roman Catholic, and 78 (9.7%) were Protestant, with an additional 5 (0.62%) that were of some other Christian faith. There are 34 individuals (4.21% of the population) who are Muslim. Of the rest; there were 11 (1.36%) who do not belong to any organized religion, 20 (2.48%) who did not answer the question.[5]

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

year population
about 1695 ca. 410a
1798 681
1837 1,324
1850 129
1900 918
1930 806
1950 868
1980 740
2000 808
^a Eppenwil had a population of ca. 160 which is not included.


  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 Grossdietwil in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland.
  4. ^ a b Swiss Federal Statistical Office Archived 2016-01-05 at the Wayback Machine accessed 25-Aug-2009
  5. ^ a b c d e LUSTAT Lucerne Cantonal Statistics Archived 2011-11-27 at the Wayback Machine (in German) accessed 12 August 2009
  6. ^ Swiss Federal Statistical Office - STAT-TAB, online database – Ständige und nichtständige Wohnbevölkerung nach institutionellen Gliederungen, Geburtsort und Staatsangehörigkeit (in German) accessed 23 September 2019
  7. ^ LUSTAT-Canton Lucerne Statistical Office Archived 2012-02-29 at the Wayback Machine (in German) accessed 25 August 2009

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