Kappel am Albis

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Kappel am Albis
Kappel am Albis Ehemaliges Zisterzienserkloster 9.jpg
Coat of arms of Kappel am Albis
Coat of arms
Kappel am Albis is located in Switzerland
Kappel am Albis
Kappel am Albis
Location of Kappel am Albis
Karte Gemeinde Kappel am Albis 2007.png
Kappel am Albis is located in Canton of Zurich
Kappel am Albis
Kappel am Albis
Kappel am Albis (Canton of Zurich)
Coordinates: 47°14′N 8°31′E / 47.233°N 8.517°E / 47.233; 8.517Coordinates: 47°14′N 8°31′E / 47.233°N 8.517°E / 47.233; 8.517
Country Switzerland
Canton Zurich
District Affoltern-am-Albis
 • Mayor Kurt Bär
 • Total 7.91 km2 (3.05 sq mi)
Elevation 573 m (1,880 ft)
Population (Dec 2017[2])
 • Total 1,125
 • Density 140/km2 (370/sq mi)
Postal code 8926
SFOS number 0006
Surrounded by Baar (ZG), Hausen am Albis, Knonau, Mettmenstetten, Rifferswil, Steinhausen (ZG)
Website www.kappel-am-albis.ch
SFSO statistics
Kappel monastery

Kappel am Albis is a municipality in the district of Affoltern in the canton of Zürich in Switzerland.

Its name of Kappel (German: chapel) is specified by "on the Albis" to distinguish it from two other villages called Kappel in Switzerland.


Kappel am Albis is first mentioned in 1185 as de Capella.[3]

The settlement was founded in 1185 as a Cistercian monastery which today houses a seminar centre[4] and Der Alte Post (The Old Post Office) which is a restaurant.

It was the location of the Wars of Kappel in 1529 and 1531, during the turmoils that accompanied the Reformation of Huldrych Zwingli. A monument to Zwingli is located nearby at the hamlet of Näfenhäuser.


Kappel am Albis has an area of 7.8 km2 (3.0 sq mi). Of this area, 70.6% is used for agricultural purposes, while 21% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 7.4% is settled (buildings or roads) and the remainder (1%) is non-productive (rivers, glaciers or mountains).[5]


Kappel am Albis has a population (as of 31 December 2017) of 1,125.[2] As of 2007, 8.9% of the population was made up of foreign nationals. Over the last 10 years the population has decreased at a rate of -0.7%. Most of the population (as of 2000) speaks German (96.1%), with English being second most common ( 1.3%) and French being third ( 0.7%).

In the 2007 election the most popular party was the SVP which received 54.7% of the vote. The next three most popular parties were the CSP (12.7%), the SPS (10.9%) and the FDP (7.4%).

The age distribution of the population (as of 2000) is children and teenagers (0–19 years old) make up 28.1% of the population, while adults (20–64 years old) make up 60.8% and seniors (over 64 years old) make up 11.1%. The entire Swiss population is generally well educated. In Kappel am Albis about 83.6% of the population (between age 25-64) have completed either non-mandatory upper secondary education or additional higher education (either university or a Fachhochschule).

Kappel am Albis has an unemployment rate of 1.09%. As of 2005, there were 75 people employed in the primary economic sector and about 29 businesses involved in this sector. 65 people are employed in the secondary sector and there are 18 businesses in this sector. 124 people are employed in the tertiary sector, with 25 businesses in this sector.[5] The historical population is given in the following table:[3]

year population
1634 256
1799 438
1850 743
1900 697
1950 676
1980 567
2000 865


  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 (in German) accessed 17 September 2018
  3. ^ a b Kappel am Albis in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland.
  4. ^ "Haus der Stille und Besinnung" Archived 2007-08-08 at the Wayback Machine. (House for Peace and Recoupment)
  5. ^ a b Swiss Federal Statistical Office Archived 2016-01-05 at the Wayback Machine. accessed 22-Jul-2009

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