La Sonnaz

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La Sonnaz
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Coat of arms of La Sonnaz
Coat of arms
La Sonnaz is located in Switzerland
La Sonnaz
La Sonnaz
La Sonnaz is located in Canton of Fribourg
La Sonnaz
La Sonnaz
Coordinates: 46°50′N 7°7′E / 46.833°N 7.117°E / 46.833; 7.117Coordinates: 46°50′N 7°7′E / 46.833°N 7.117°E / 46.833; 7.117
Country Switzerland
Canton Fribourg
District Sarine
 • Mayor Syndic
 • Total 6.9 km2 (2.7 sq mi)
Elevation 575 m (1,886 ft)
Population (Dec 2015[2])
 • Total 1,078
 • Density 160/km2 (400/sq mi)
Postal code 1782
SFOS number 2235
Surrounded by Barberêche, Belfaux, Düdingen, Givisiez, Granges-Paccot, Misery-Courtion
SFSO statistics

La Sonnaz is a municipality in the district of Sarine in the canton of Fribourg in Switzerland. The municipality was created in 2004 through the merger of Cormagens, La Corbaz and Lossy-Formangueires.[3] The municipal administration, the kindergarten and the primary school are in Lossy.[4]


La Sonnaz has an area, as of 2009, of 6.9 square kilometers (2.7 sq mi). Of this area, 4.58 km2 (1.77 sq mi) or 66.4% is used for agricultural purposes, while 1.53 km2 (0.59 sq mi) or 22.2% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 0.51 km2 (0.20 sq mi) or 7.4% is settled (buildings or roads), 0.28 km2 (0.11 sq mi) or 4.1% is either rivers or lakes.[5]

Of the built up area, housing and buildings made up 4.6% and transportation infrastructure made up 1.9%. Out of the forested land, 20.4% of the total land area is heavily forested and 1.7% is covered with orchards or small clusters of trees. Of the agricultural land, 43.6% is used for growing crops and 22.3% is pastures. All the water in the municipality is in lakes.[5]


La Sonnaz has a population (as of December 2015) of 1,078.[6] As of 2008, 8.1% of the population are resident foreign nationals.[7] Over the last 10 years (2000–2010) the population has changed at a rate of 21.4%. Migration accounted for 15.3%, while births and deaths accounted for 9.2%.[8]

Most of the population (as of 2000) speaks French (88.6%) as their first language, German is the second most common (9.1%) and Portuguese is the third (0.9%).[8]

As of 2008, the population was 49.7% male and 50.3% female. The population was made up of 448 Swiss men (45.8% of the population) and 39 (4.0%) non-Swiss men. There were 458 Swiss women (46.8%) and 34 (3.5%) non-Swiss women.[9] As of 2000, children and teenagers (0–19 years old) make up 32.1% of the population, while adults (20–64 years old) make up 59.6% and seniors (over 64 years old) make up 8.3%.[8]

As of 2009, the construction rate of new housing units was 2 new units per 1000 residents.[8]


In the 2011 federal election the most popular party was the SPS which received 32.1% of the vote. The next three most popular parties were the CVP (23.0%), the SVP (15.0%) and the FDP (9.8%).[10]

The SPS received about the same percentage of the vote as they did in the 2007 Federal election (31.9% in 2007 vs 32.1% in 2011). The CVP retained about the same popularity (26.0% in 2007), the SVP retained about the same popularity (15.9% in 2007) and the FDP retained about the same popularity (9.9% in 2007). A total of 356 votes were cast in this election, of which 4 or 1.1% were invalid.[11]


As of 2010, La Sonnaz had an unemployment rate of 1.8%. As of 2008, there were 54 people employed in the primary economic sector and about 17 businesses involved in this sector. 55 people were employed in the secondary sector and there were 9 businesses in this sector. 59 people were employed in the tertiary sector, with 16 businesses in this sector.[8] There were residents of the municipality who were employed in some capacity.

In 2008 the total number of full-time equivalent jobs was 131. The number of jobs in the primary sector was 41, all of which were in agriculture. The number of jobs in the secondary sector was 51 of which 41 or (80.4%) were in manufacturing and 11 (21.6%) were in construction. The number of jobs in the tertiary sector was 39. In the tertiary sector; 3 or 7.7% were in wholesale or retail sales or the repair of motor vehicles, 7 or 17.9% were in a hotel or restaurant, 3 or 7.7% were in the information industry, 6 or 15.4% were technical professionals or scientists, 19 or 48.7% were in education.[12] In 2000, there were workers who commuted away from the municipality.[13]

Of the working population, 6.4% used public transportation to get to work, and 73.5% used a private car.[8]


The Canton of Fribourg school system provides one year of non-obligatory Kindergarten, followed by six years of Primary school. This is followed by three years of obligatory lower Secondary school where the students are separated according to ability and aptitude. Following the lower Secondary students may attend a three or four year optional upper Secondary school. The upper Secondary school is divided into gymnasium (university preparatory) and vocational programs. After they finish the upper Secondary program, students may choose to attend a Tertiary school or continue their apprenticeship.[14]

During the 2010-11 school year, there were a total of 126 students attending 7 classes in La Sonnaz. A total of 247 students from the municipality attended any school, either in the municipality or outside of it. There were 2 kindergarten classes with a total of 28 students in the municipality. The municipality had 5 primary classes and 98 students. During the same year, there were no lower secondary classes in the municipality, but 56 students attended lower secondary school in a neighboring municipality. There were no upper Secondary classes or vocational classes, but there were 27 upper Secondary students and 31 upper Secondary vocational students who attended classes in another municipality. The municipality had no non-university Tertiary classes, but there were 2 non-university Tertiary students and 3 specialized Tertiary students who attended classes in another municipality.[9]


  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 2016
  3. ^ Amtliches Gemeindeverzeichnis der Schweiz published by the Swiss Federal Statistical Office (in German) accessed 19 July 2011
  4. ^ La Sonnaz in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland.
  5. ^ a b Swiss Federal Statistical Office-Land Use Statistics 2009 data (in German) accessed 25 March 2010
  6. ^ Swiss Federal Statistical Office - STAT-TAB, online database – Ständige und nichtständige Wohnbevölkerung nach institutionellen Gliederungen, Geburtsort und Staatsangehörigkeit (in German) accessed 30 August 2016
  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 f Swiss Federal Statistical Office Archived 2016-01-05 at the Wayback Machine. accessed 11-December-2011
  9. ^ a b Canton of Fribourg Statistics (in German) accessed 3 November 2011
  10. ^ Canton of Fribourg National Council Election of 23 October 2011 Statistics (in German) (in French) accessed 3 November 2011
  11. ^ 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
  12. ^ 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
  13. ^ Swiss Federal Statistical Office - Statweb Archived 2012-08-04 at (in German) accessed 24 June 2010
  14. ^ Chart of the education system in Canton Fribourg (in German)

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