Honau, Switzerland

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Coat of arms of Honau
Coat of arms
Honau is located in Switzerland
Honau is located in Canton of Lucerne
Coordinates: 47°8′N 8°24′E / 47.133°N 8.400°E / 47.133; 8.400Coordinates: 47°8′N 8°24′E / 47.133°N 8.400°E / 47.133; 8.400
Country Switzerland
Canton Lucerne
District Lucerne
 • Total 1.25 km2 (0.48 sq mi)
Elevation 445 m (1,460 ft)
Population (Dec 2016[2])
 • Total 363
 • Density 290/km2 (750/sq mi)
Postal code 6038
SFOS number 1057
Surrounded by Dietwil (AG), Gisikon, Inwil, Risch (ZG), Root
Website http://www.honau.ch
Profile (in German), SFSO statistics

Honau is a municipality in the district of Lucerne in the canton of Lucerne in Switzerland.


Honau is first mentioned in 1344 as Honowa.[3]


Honau has an area of 1.3 km2 (0.50 sq mi). Of this area, 68.8% is used for agricultural purposes, while 19.2% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 9.6% is settled (buildings or roads) and the remainder (2.4%) is non-productive (rivers, glaciers or mountains).[4] In the 1997 land survey, 19.2% of the total land area was forested. Of the agricultural land, 65.6% is used for farming or pastures, while 3.2% is used for orchards or vine crops. Of the settled areas, 4% is covered with buildings, 1.6% is classed as special developments, and 4% is transportation infrastructure. All the unproductive areas are classed as flowing water (rivers).

The municipality is located between the Reuss river and the Rooterberg mountain (798 m (2,618 ft)).


Honau has a population (as of 2007) of 357, of which 10.4% are foreign nationals. Over the last 10 years the population has grown at a rate of 24.8%. Most of the population (as of 2000) speaks German (94.1%), with Albanian being second most common ( 3.8%) and Portuguese being third ( 0.9%).

In the 2007 election the most popular party was the SVP which received 40.9% of the vote. The next three most popular parties were the CVP (25.9%), the FDP (13.6%) and the Green Party (9.5%).

The age distribution in Honau is; 111 people or 31.2% of the population is 0–19 years old. 69 people or 19.4% are 20–39 years old, and 158 people or 44.4% are 40–64 years old. The senior population distribution is 13 people or 3.7% are 65–79 years old, 5 or 1.4% are 80–89 years old and no one is over 90 years old.[5]

The entire Swiss population is generally well educated. In Honau about 76.4% of the population (between age 25-64) have completed either non-mandatory upper secondary education or additional higher education (either university or a Fachhochschule).

As of 2000 there are 104 households, of which 19 households (or about 18.3%) contain only a single individual. 23 or about 22.1% are large households, with at least five members.[5] As of 2000 there were 84 inhabited buildings in the municipality, of which 73 were built only as housing, and 11 were mixed use buildings. There were 61 single family homes, 8 double family homes, and 4 multi-family homes in the municipality. Most homes were either two (35) or three (35) story structures. There were only 2 single story buildings and 1 four or more story buildings.[5]

Honau has an unemployment rate of 1.49%. As of 2005, there were 22 people employed in the primary economic sector and about 8 businesses involved in this sector. 2 people are employed in the secondary sector and there are 1 businesses in this sector. 67 people are employed in the tertiary sector, with 9 businesses in this sector.[4] As of 2000 52.8% of the population of the municipality were employed in some capacity. At the same time, females made up 36.7% of the workforce.

In the 2000 census the religious membership of Honau was; 193 (60.3%) were Roman Catholic, and 66 (20.6%) were Protestant, with an additional 2 (0.63%) that were of some other Christian faith. There are 17 individuals (5.31% of the population) who are Muslim. Of the rest; there were 1 (0.31%) individuals who belong to another religion, 32 (10.%) who do not belong to any organized religion, 9 (2.81%) who did not answer the question.[5]

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

year population
1798 81
1850 120
1900 127
1950 120
1970 84
1990 200


  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 (in German) accessed 30 August 2017
  3. ^ a b Honau 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 20-Aug-2009
  5. ^ a b c d LUSTAT Lucerne Cantonal Statistics Archived 2011-11-27 at the Wayback Machine. (in German) accessed 12 August 2009

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