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Comune di Laives
Gemeinde Leifers
Panorama of Laives.
Panorama of Laives.
Laives is located in Italy
Location of Laives in Italy
Coordinates: 46°26′N 11°20′E / 46.433°N 11.333°E / 46.433; 11.333Coordinates: 46°26′N 11°20′E / 46.433°N 11.333°E / 46.433; 11.333
Country Italy
Region Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol
Province / Metropolitan city South Tyrol (BZ)
Frazioni Pineta (Steinmannwald), La Costa (Seit), San Giacomo (St. Jakob)
 • Mayor Christian Bianchi
 • Total 24.3 km2 (9.4 sq mi)
Elevation 258 m (846 ft)
Population (Nov. 2010)[1]
 • Total 17,168
 • Density 710/km2 (1,800/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Italian: Laivesotti
German: Leiferer
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 39055
Dialing code 0471
Website Official website

Laives (Italian pronunciation: [ˈlaives]; German: Leifers [ˈlaɪ̯fɐs]) is a town and a comune (municipality) in South Tyrol in northern Italy, located about 8 kilometres (5 mi) south of the city of Bolzano. It is one of only five mainly Italian speaking municipalities in South Tyrol, and the fourth largest municipality in the province.


As of November 30, 2010, it had a population of 17,168 and an area of 24.3 square kilometres (9.4 sq mi).[1]


The municipality contains the frazioni (subdivisions) Pineta (Steinmannwald), La Costa (Seit) and San Giacomo (St. Jakob)



The emblem consists of an argent pile, with concave sides on azure and a chapel on a mountain of gules. The sign, similar to that of the Counts of Lichtenstein who lived in the castle on Mount Köfele, represents the church of Peterköfele. The emblem was adopted in 1970.[2]


Linguistic distribution[edit]

According to the 2011 census, 71.50% of the population speak Italian, 27.99% German and 0.51% Ladin as first language.[3]

Language 2001[4] 2011[3]
German 29.07% 27.99%
Italian 70.42% 71.50%
Ladin 0.51% 0.51%


  1. ^ a b All demographics and other statistics: Italian statistical institute Istat.
  2. ^ Heraldry of the World: Laives
  3. ^ a b "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. 
  4. ^ Oscar Benvenuto (ed.): "South Tyrol in Figures 2008", Provincial Statistics Institute of the Autonomous Province of South Tyrol, Bozen/Bolzano 2007, p. 17, table 10

External links[edit]

Media related to Laives at Wikimedia Commons