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Coat of arms of Lantsch/Lenz
Coat of arms
Lantsch/Lenz is located in Switzerland
Location of Lantsch/Lenz
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Lantsch/Lenz is located in Canton of Graubünden
Lantsch/Lenz (Canton of Graubünden)
Coordinates: 46°41′N 9°34′E / 46.683°N 9.567°E / 46.683; 9.567Coordinates: 46°41′N 9°34′E / 46.683°N 9.567°E / 46.683; 9.567
Country Switzerland
Canton Graubünden
District Albula
 • Total 21.81 km2 (8.42 sq mi)
Elevation 1,328 m (4,357 ft)
Population (Dec 2016[2])
 • Total 538
 • Density 25/km2 (64/sq mi)
Postal code 7083
SFOS number 3513
Surrounded by Alvaneu, Alvaschein, Arosa, Brienz/Brinzauls, Vaz/Obervaz
SFSO statistics

Lantsch/Lenz (German: 'Lenz', Romansh: Lantsch) is a municipality in the Albula Region in the canton of Graubünden in Switzerland.

The majority of its population is Romansh-speaking.


Lantsch/Lenz is first mentioned around 850 as Lanzes.[3]


Painted house in Lantsch/Lenz

Lantsch/Lenz has an area, as of 2006, of 21.8 km2 (8.4 sq mi). Of this area, 27% is used for agricultural purposes, while 34.4% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 3.8% is settled (buildings or roads) and the remainder (34.8%) is non-productive (rivers, glaciers or mountains).[4]

Until 2017, the municipality was located in the Belfort sub-district of the Albula district, after 2017 it was part of the Albula Region.[5] It is located at an elevation of 1,294 m (4,245 ft) on a terrace above the right side of the Albula river. It consists of the linear village of Lantsch/Lenz. Until 1943 Lantsch/Lenz was known as Lenz.[6]


Lantsch/Lenz has a population (as of 31 December 2016) of 538.[2] As of 2008, 12.5% of the population was made up of foreign nationals. Over the last 10 years the population has grown at a rate of 1.5%. Most of the population (as of 2000) speaks German (54.2%), with Romansh being second most common (36.7%) and Albanian being third ( 2.5%).[4]

As of 2000, the gender distribution of the population was 51.6% male and 48.4% female.[7] The age distribution, as of 2000, in Lantsch/Lenz is; 49 people or 10.1% of the population are between 0 and 9 years old. 32 people or 6.6% are 10 to 14, and 29 people or 6.0% are 15 to 19. Of the adult population, 36 people or 7.4% of the population are between 20 and 29 years old. 76 people or 15.7% are 30 to 39, 66 people or 13.6% are 40 to 49, and 61 people or 12.6% are 50 to 59. The senior population distribution is 56 people or 11.5% of the population are between 60 and 69 years old, 61 people or 12.6% are 70 to 79, there are 16 people or 3.3% who are 80 to 89, and there are 3 people or 0.6% who are 90 to 99.[8]

In the 2007 federal election the most popular party was the CVP which received 38.9% of the vote. The next three most popular parties were the SVP (33.2%), the SPS (16.2%) and the FDP (10.8%).[4]

The entire Swiss population is generally well educated. In Lantsch/Lenz about 73.7% of the population (between age 25-64) have completed either non-mandatory upper secondary education or additional higher education (either university or a Fachhochschule).[4]

Lantsch/Lenz has an unemployment rate of 2.24%. As of 2005, there were 24 people employed in the primary economic sector and about 9 businesses involved in this sector. 25 people are employed in the secondary sector and there are 5 businesses in this sector. 83 people are employed in the tertiary sector, with 31 businesses in this sector.[4]

The historical population is given in the following table:[3][7]

year population
1710 215
1850 353
1900 363
1950 355
1960 366
1970 373
1980 382
1990 453
2000 485

Heritage sites of national significance[edit]

St. Mary's church in Lantsch/Lenz

St. Mary's Church in Lantsch/Lenz is listed as a Swiss heritage sites of national significance.[9]


  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 30 August 2017
  3. ^ a b Lantsch/Lenz in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland.
  4. ^ a b c d e Swiss Federal Statistical Office Archived 2016-01-05 at the Wayback Machine. accessed 24-Sep-2009
  5. ^ Swiss Federal Statistical Office - Amtliches Gemeindeverzeichnis der Schweiz - Mutationsmeldungen 2016 accessed 16 February 2017
  6. ^ Amtliches Gemeindeverzeichnis der Schweiz published by the Swiss Federal Statistical Office (in German) accessed 23 September 2009
  7. ^ a b Graubunden in Numbers Archived 2009-09-24 at the Wayback Machine. (in German) accessed 21 September 2009
  8. ^ Graubunden Population Statistics Archived 2009-08-27 at the Wayback Machine. (in German) accessed 21 September 2009
  9. ^ Swiss inventory of cultural property of national and regional significance Archived 2009-05-01 at the Wayback Machine. 21.11.2008 version, (in German) accessed 24-Sep-2009

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