Lachen, Switzerland

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Town of Lachen and Lake Zurich
Town of Lachen and Lake Zurich
Coat of arms of Lachen
Location of Lachen
Lachen is located in Switzerland
Lachen is located in Canton of Schwyz
Coordinates: 47°11′N 8°51′E / 47.183°N 8.850°E / 47.183; 8.850Coordinates: 47°11′N 8°51′E / 47.183°N 8.850°E / 47.183; 8.850
 • Total5.19 km2 (2.00 sq mi)
408 m (1,339 ft)
 • Total8,754
 • Density1,700/km2 (4,400/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (Central European Time)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (Central European Summer Time)
Postal code(s)
SFOS number1344
Surrounded byAltendorf, Galgenen, Jona (SG), Wangen
Twin townsSchramberg (Germany)
SFSO statistics

Lachen (High Alemannic: Lache) is a municipality in March District in the canton of Schwyz in Switzerland.


Aerial view by Walter Mittelholzer (1919)

Lachen is first mentioned around 1217–22 as de Lachun.[3]


The marina of Lachen at sunset. Due to its western-facing position, Lachen is known as the "town with the best sunset-views on lake Zurich".
Lachen, church
The old town hall of Lachen SZ, built in 1506.[4] In the background one of the two towers of the "Pfarrkirche Heilig Kreuz" (anno 1708/11).

Lachen has an area of 2.4 km2 (0.93 sq mi), as of 2006. Of this area, 26.7% is used for agricultural purposes, while 5.8% is forested. Of the remaining land, 62.1% is settled (buildings or roads) and the remainder (5.4%) is non-productive (rivers, glaciers or mountains).[5]

The municipality is located on a delta of the Wägi river in the upper section of Lake Zurich. It is the smallest municipality in the Canton of Schwyz.


Lachen has a population of 9,137.[6] As of 2007, 27.2% of the population was made up of foreign nationals.[7] Over the last 10 years the population has grown at a rate of 14.1%. The majority of the population speaks German (84.9%), followed by Italian (5.1%) and Albanian (2.4%).[5]

As of 2000 the gender distribution of the population was 49.1% male and 50.9% female. 1293 people or 20.6% of the population is under 19. 1950 people or 31.1% are 20 to 39, and 2,055 people or 32.8% are 40 to 64. 489 people or 7.8% are 65 to 74. There are 347 people or 5.5% who are 70 to 79 and 138 people or 2.20% of the population who are over 80. There is one person in Lachen who is over 100 years old.[7]

As of 2000 there are 2,817 households, of which 1,039 households (or about 36.9%) contain only one person. 115 or about 4.1% are large households, with at least five occupants.[7]

In the 2007 election the most popular party was the SVP which received 43.2% of the vote. The next three most popular parties were the FDP (19.4%), the SPS (19.1%) and the CVP (13.9%).[5]

In Lachen about 69.2% of the adult population (between 25 and 64) have completed either non-mandatory upper secondary education or additional higher education (either university or a Fachhochschule).[5]

Lachen has an unemployment rate of 1.98%. As of 2005, there were 61 people employed in the primary economic sector and about 7 businesses involved in this sector. 859 people are employed in the secondary sector and there are 84 businesses in this sector. 2,686 people are employed in the tertiary sector, with 370 businesses in this sector.[5]

According to the 2000 census, 4,141 or 66.0% of the population are Roman Catholic, while 984 or 15.7% belonged to the Swiss Reformed Church. Of the rest of the population, there are 179 individuals (or about 2.85% of the population) who belong to the Orthodox Church, and there are less than 5 individuals who belong to another Christian church. There are less than 5 individuals who are Jewish, and 413 (or about 6.58% of the population) who are Muslim. There are 38 individuals (or about 0.61% of the population) who belong to another church (not listed on the census), 336 (or about 5.36% of the population) are agnostic or atheist, and 178 individuals (or about 2.84% of the population) did not answer the question.[7]

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

year population
1850 1,506
1900 1,971
1950 3,458
1970 4,914
1980 5,456
1990 5,995
2000 6,317
2005 6,765
2007 6,977
2010 7,809
2015 8,480
2020 9,137


Lachen has an average of 149.1 days of rain per year and receives on average 1,428 mm (56.2 in) of precipitation. The wettest month is August during which time Lachen receives an average of 186 mm (7.3 in) of precipitation. During this month there is precipitation for an average of 14.2 days. The month with the most days of precipitation is May, with an average of 14.7, but with only 139 mm (5.5 in) of precipitation. The driest month of the year is January with an average of 80 mm (3.1 in) of precipitation over 14.2 days.[8]


The municipality is located on the A3 motorway.

Lachen railway station is a stop on the Zürich S-Bahn services S2, which runs every half-hour between Zürich and Ziegelbrücke, and S25, which runs hourly between Zürich and Linthal. The journey time to Zürich is between 30 and 40 minutes.[9][10]

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  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 Lachen in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland.
  4. ^ Kaspar, Michel (March 2010). "KulTour Lachen" (PDF). Gemeindeverwaltung Lachen, Kulturkommission. Retrieved 2016-01-31.
  5. ^ a b c d e Swiss Federal Statistical Office Archived 2016-01-05 at the Wayback Machine accessed 02-Sep-2009
  6. ^ "Ständige und nichtständige Wohnbevölkerung nach institutionellen Gliederungen, Geburtsort und Staatsangehörigkeit". (in German). Swiss Federal Statistical Office - STAT-TAB. 31 December 2020. Retrieved 21 September 2021.
  7. ^ a b c d Canton Schwyz Statistics Archived 2011-06-09 at the Wayback Machine (in German) accessed 27 August 2009
  8. ^ "Temperature and Precipitation Average Values-Table, 1961–1990" (in German, French, and Italian). Federal Office of Meteorology and Climatology - MeteoSwiss. Archived from the original on 27 June 2009. Retrieved 8 May 2009., the weather station elevation is 426 meters above sea level.
  9. ^ "S-Bahn trains, buses and boats" (PDF). ZVV. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-07-28. Retrieved 2014-08-06.
  10. ^ "Zürich–Thalwil–Ziegelbrücke" (PDF). Bundesamt für Verkehr. Retrieved 2014-08-07.

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