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Gemeinde Kuens
Comune di Caines
Coat of arms of Kuens
Coat of arms
Kuens is located in Italy
Location of Kuens in Italy
Coordinates: 46°42′N 11°10′E / 46.700°N 11.167°E / 46.700; 11.167Coordinates: 46°42′N 11°10′E / 46.700°N 11.167°E / 46.700; 11.167
Country Italy
Region Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol
Province / Metropolitan city South Tyrol (BZ)
 • Mayor Manfred Raffl
 • Total 1.7 km2 (0.7 sq mi)
Population (Nov. 2010)
 • Total 399
 • Density 230/km2 (610/sq mi)
Demonym(s) German: Kuensner
Italian: comesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 39010
Dialing code 0473
Website Official website

Kuens (German pronunciation: [ˈkuɛns]; Italian: Caines [ˈkaines]) is a comune (municipality) in South Tyrol in northern Italy, located about 25 kilometres (16 mi) northwest of the city of Bolzano in the Passeier Valley.


As of 30 November 2010, it had a population of 399 and an area of 1.7 square kilometres (0.66 sq mi).[1]

Kuens borders the following municipalities: Riffian, Schenna and Tirol.


In the early eighth century, Kuens became the site of a small monastery founded by Saint Corbinian, who had been struck by the area's beauty on the second of his journeys to Rome. He bought some properties and planted vineyards and orchards and considered the area a "spiritual homeland", so much so that he chose it as the site for his burial.[2]


The emblem represents a bishop (that is, Saint Corbinian) with a gules mantle, the mitre of Or and aureola; a pastoral staff of Or in his right hand. A brown bear, with a load tied up to her back, through the bishop. The emblem was adopted in 1968.[3]


Linguistic distribution[edit]

According to the 2011 census, 96.28% of the population speak German, 3.47% Italian and 0.25% Ladin as first language.[4]

Demographic evolution[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1880 160 —    
1910 219 +36.9%
1921 200 −8.7%
1931 204 +2.0%
1936 193 −5.4%
1951 225 +16.6%
1961 210 −6.7%
1971 242 +15.2%
1981 272 +12.4%
1991 304 +11.8%
2001 318 +4.6%
Source: Data from ISTAT


  1. ^ All demographics and other statistics: Italian statistical institute Istat.
  2. ^ Mitterer, Sigisbert (1928). "Die Bedeutung des hl. Bonifatius für das bayerische Klosterwesen". Studien und Mitteilungen zur Geschichte des Benediktiner-Ordens und seiner Zweige. 46: 333–60. 
  3. ^ Heraldry of the World: Kuens
  4. ^ "Volkszählung 2011/Censimento della popolazione 2011". astat info. Provincial Statistics Institute of the Autonomous Province of South Tyrol (38): 6–7. June 2012. Retrieved 2012-06-14. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Kuens at Wikimedia Commons