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Cable car to Isérables.jpg
Coat of arms of Isérables
Coat of arms
Location of Isérables
Isérables is located in Switzerland
Isérables is located in Canton of Valais
Coordinates: 46°9.868′N 7°14.603′E / 46.164467°N 7.243383°E / 46.164467; 7.243383Coordinates: 46°9.868′N 7°14.603′E / 46.164467°N 7.243383°E / 46.164467; 7.243383
 • MayorRégis Monnet
 • Total15.3 km2 (5.9 sq mi)
1,106 m (3,629 ft)
 • Total832
 • Density54/km2 (140/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (Central European Time)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (Central European Summer Time)
Postal code(s)
SFOS number6134
Surrounded byNendaz, Riddes
SFSO statistics

Isérables is a municipality in the district of Martigny in the canton of Valais in Switzerland.


Isérables is first mentioned in 1227 as Aserablos. In 1324 it was mentioned as Yserablo.[3]


Cable car from Riddes up to Isérables
Aerial view (1949)

Isérables has an area, as of 2011, of 15.3 square kilometers (5.9 sq mi). Of this area, 22.1% is used for agricultural purposes, while 50.4% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 2.7% is settled (buildings or roads) and 24.8% is unproductive land.[4]

The municipality is located in the Martigny district, in the mountains above Riddes and the left bank of the Rhone.

Coat of arms[edit]

The blazon of the municipal coat of arms is Per bend Azure and Or overall a Maple leaf Vert in base Coupeaux of the same. The maple (French: érable) leaf is an example of canting.[5]


Isérables has a population (as of December 2019) of 832.[6] As of 2008, 2.2% of the population are resident foreign nationals.[7] Over the last 10 years (2000–2010 ) the population has changed at a rate of -5.7%. It has changed at a rate of -1.6% due to migration and at a rate of -3.5% due to births and deaths.[4]

Most of the population (as of 2000) speaks French (912 or 99.8%) as their first language with the rest speaking German.[8]

As of 2008, the gender distribution of the population was 50.2% male and 49.8% female. The population was made up of 432 Swiss men (48.4% of the population) and 16 (1.8%) non-Swiss men. There were 434 Swiss women (48.7%) and 10 (1.1%) non-Swiss women.[9] Of the population in the municipality 771 or about 84.4% were born in Isérables and lived there in 2000. There were 65 or 7.1% who were born in the same canton, while 21 or 2.3% were born somewhere else in Switzerland, and 19 or 2.1% were born outside of Switzerland.[8]

The age distribution of the population (as of 2000) is children and teenagers (0–19 years old) make up 21.9% of the population, while adults (20–64 years old) make up 60% and seniors (over 64 years old) make up 18.2%.[4]

As of 2000, there were 365 people who were single and never married in the municipality. There were 436 married individuals, 90 widows or widowers and 23 individuals who are divorced.[8]

As of 2000, there were 371 private households in the municipality, and an average of 2.4 persons per household.[4] There were 114 households that consist of only one person and 36 households with five or more people. In 2000, a total of 350 apartments (74.0% of the total) were permanently occupied, while 94 apartments (19.9%) were seasonally occupied and 29 apartments (6.1%) were empty.[10] As of 2009, the construction rate of new housing units was 6.7 new units per 1000 residents.[4] The vacancy rate for the municipality, in 2010, was 2.05%.[4]

The historical population is given in the following chart:[3][11]


The entire village of Isérables is designated as part of the Inventory of Swiss Heritage Sites[12]


In the 2007 federal election the FDP received 32.92% of the vote. Most of the rest of the votes went to the CVP with 30.69% of the vote. In the federal election, a total of 543 votes were cast, and the voter turnout was 68.6%.[13]

In the 2009 Conseil d'Etat/Staatsrat election a total of 461 votes were cast, of which 25 or about 5.4% were invalid. The voter participation was 63.2%, which is much more than the cantonal average of 54.67%.[14] In the 2007 Swiss Council of States election a total of 524 votes were cast, of which 25 or about 4.8% were invalid. The voter participation was 70.9%, which is much more than the cantonal average of 59.88%.[15]


As of  2010, Isérables had an unemployment rate of 4.7%. As of 2008, there were 89 people employed in the primary economic sector and about 38 businesses involved in this sector. 69 people were employed in the secondary sector and there were 9 businesses in this sector. 70 people were employed in the tertiary sector, with 21 businesses in this sector.[4] There were 462 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 159. The number of jobs in the primary sector was 39, all of which were in agriculture. The number of jobs in the secondary sector was 65 of which 37 or (56.9%) were in manufacturing and 28 (43.1%) were in construction. The number of jobs in the tertiary sector was 55. In the tertiary sector; 9 or 16.4% were in wholesale or retail sales or the repair of motor vehicles, 23 or 41.8% were in the movement and storage of goods, 10 or 18.2% were in a hotel or restaurant, 3 or 5.5% were the insurance or financial industry, 2 or 3.6% were technical professionals or scientists, 5 or 9.1% were in education.[16]

In 2000, there were 61 workers who commuted into the municipality and 267 workers who commuted away. The municipality is a net exporter of workers, with about 4.4 workers leaving the municipality for every one entering.[17] Of the working population, 7.8% used public transportation to get to work, and 58.7% used a private car.[4]


From the 2000 census, 857 or 93.8% were Roman Catholic, while 7 or 0.8% belonged to the Swiss Reformed Church. Of the rest of the population, there was 1 individual who belongs to another Christian church. There was 1 individual who was Islamic. There was 1 person who was Buddhist. 18 (or about 1.97% of the population) belonged to no church, are agnostic or atheist, and 29 individuals (or about 3.17% of the population) did not answer the question.[8]


In Isérables about 223 or (24.4%) of the population have completed non-mandatory upper secondary education, and 23 or (2.5%) have completed additional higher education (either university or a Fachhochschule). Of the 23 who completed tertiary schooling, 65.2% were Swiss men, 34.8% were Swiss women.[8]

As of 2000, there were 54 students from Isérables who attended schools outside the municipality.[17]


  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 Isérables in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h Swiss Federal Statistical Office Archived 2016-01-05 at the Wayback Machine accessed 15-September-2011
  5. ^ Flags of the accessed 15-September-2011
  6. ^ "Ständige und nichtständige Wohnbevölkerung nach institutionellen Gliederungen, Geburtsort und Staatsangehörigkeit". (in German). Swiss Federal Statistical Office - STAT-TAB. 31 December 2019. Retrieved 6 October 2020.
  7. ^ Swiss Federal Statistical Office - Superweb database - Gemeinde Statistics 1981-2008 Archived 2010-06-28 at the Wayback Machine (in German) accessed 19 June 2010
  8. ^ a b c d e STAT-TAB Datenwürfel für Thema 40.3 - 2000 Archived 2014-04-09 at the Wayback Machine (in German) accessed 2 February 2011
  9. ^ Ständige Wohnbevolkerung nach Geschlecht und Heimat am 31.12.2009.xls (in German and French) accessed 24 August 2011
  10. ^ Swiss Federal Statistical Office STAT-TAB - Datenwürfel für Thema 09.2 - Gebäude und Wohnungen Archived 2014-09-07 at the Wayback Machine (in German) accessed 28 January 2011
  11. ^ Swiss Federal Statistical Office STAT-TAB Bevölkerungsentwicklung nach Region, 1850-2000 Archived 2014-09-30 at the Wayback Machine (in German) accessed 29 January 2011
  12. ^ "Kantonsliste A-Objekte". KGS Inventar (in German). Federal Office of Civil Protection. 2009. Archived from the original on 28 June 2010. Retrieved 25 April 2011.
  13. ^ Swiss Federal Statistical Office, Nationalratswahlen 2007: Stärke der Parteien und Wahlbeteiligung, nach Gemeinden/Bezirk/Canton Archived 2015-05-14 at the Wayback Machine (in German) accessed 28 May 2010
  14. ^ Staatsratswahlen vom 1. März 2009 (in German) accessed 24 August 2011
  15. ^ Ständeratswahl 2007 (in German) accessed 24 August 2011
  16. ^ Swiss Federal Statistical Office STAT-TAB Betriebszählung: Arbeitsstätten nach Gemeinde und NOGA 2008 (Abschnitte), Sektoren 1-3 Archived 2014-12-25 at the Wayback Machine (in German) accessed 28 January 2011
  17. ^ a b Swiss Federal Statistical Office - Statweb Archived 2012-08-04 at (in German) accessed 24 June 2010

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