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Below is a list of towns and cities in Switzerland. Until 2014 municipalities with more than 10,000 inhabitants were considered to be towns (German: Stadt/Städte, French: ville(s), Italian: città). Since 2014, the Federal Statistical Office (FSO) uses a new algorithm (called German: Statistische Städte 2012, or French: Villes statistiques 2012) to define whether a municipality can be called a town or not; it newly also depends on its character.[1] Currently, FSO considers 162 municipalities as towns (German: Statistische Städte, French: Villes statistiques) in Switzerland. Further, some municipalities, which would fulfill such a definition, nevertheless prefer to understand themselves still as a village, or consequently refer to themselves just as municipalities (German: Gemeinde, French: commune, Italian: comune).

See Municipalities of Switzerland for a table of the largest and smallest.[2]:14–19

Population of towns with more than 10,000 inhabitants (2010)

Largest towns in Switzerland:

  1. Zürich
  2. Geneva
  3. Basel
  4. Lausanne
  5. Bern
  6. Winterthur
  7. Lucerne
  8. St. Gallen
  9. Lugano
  10. Biel/Bienne
  11. Thun
  12. Köniz (statistically only the whole municipality, but not the village)
  13. La Chaux-de-Fonds
  14. Fribourg
  15. Schaffhausen
  16. Vernier
  17. Chur
  18. Sion
  19. Uster
  20. Neuchâtel

List of towns[edit]

This is an alphabetical list of towns, which follows FSO's definition (German: Statistische Städte 2012, French: Villes statistiques 2012), and places with historic town rights (h) and/or market towns (m).[2]:14–19

  • Places in bold print are towns because of FSO's definition and historic town/market rights.
  • Places in italics are towns excluded by FSO's definition, but places with, either, historic town rights (h), or, which were places with historic market rights (m).
  • Places in normal print are towns according to the FSO's definition.
  • Places that had lost historic town rights previously are identified with "-h".
  • Cantonal capitals (German: Hauptort, French: chef-lieu, Italian: capoluogo) are underlined.
Town Town (h) or
market (m)
right,
founded & reference
District Canton Population Agglomeration[3]
Town proper(2018) [4] total Agglo (2015)[5]
Aarau h 1240-1250[6] Aarau AG 21,506 76,636 Aarau
Aarberg h 1220-1225[7] Aarberg BE 4,628 -
Aarburg h ~1330[8] Zofingen AG 8,197 98,535 Olten–Zofingen
Adliswil - Horgen ZH 18,769 1,334,269 Zurich
Aesch (BL)[note 1] - Arlesheim BL 10,417 541,011 Basel (CH)
Affoltern am Albis[note 2] - Affoltern ZH 12,229 1,334,269 Zurich
Agno[note 2] m Roman & Middle Age[9] Lugano TI 4,445 151,037 Lugano (CH)
Aigle m 1231[10] Aigle VD 10,119 -
Allschwil[note 2] - Arlesheim BL 21,238 541,011 Basel (CH)
Altdorf (UR)[note 2] m n.d., c. Late Middle Age[11] - UR 9,401 31,734 Altdorf (UR)
Altstätten m[12] Rheintal SG 11,733 56,777 Rheintal (CH)
Amriswil - Arbon TG 13,538 25,271 Amriswil–Romanshorn
Appenzell[note 1] m[citation needed] Appenzell AI 5,795 -
Arbon h[13] first half 13th c. Arbon TG 14,633 53,689 Arbon–Rorschach
Arlesheim[note 2] - Arlesheim BL 9,111 541,011 Basel (CH)
Arosa[note 2] - Plessur GR 3,131 -
Arth[note 1] - Schwyz SZ 11,985 -
Ascona h[citation needed] Locarno TI 5,481 55,528 Locarno (CH)
Aubonne h[citation needed] Aubonne VD 3,241 409,295 Lausanne
Avenches h[citation needed] Avenches VD 4,294 -
Baar - - ZG 24,468 127,095 Zug
Baden h[citation needed] Baden AG 19,342 109,255 Baden–Brugg
Basel h[citation needed] - BS 177,654 541,011 Basel (CH)
Bassersdorf - Bülach ZH 11,687 1,334,269 Zurich
Bellinzona h[citation needed] Bellinzona TI 43,220 52,061 Bellinzona
Belp - Bern-Mittelland BE 11,510 410,894 Bern
Bern h[citation needed] Bern-Mittelland BE 133,883 410,894 Bern
Beromünster m[citation needed] Sursee LU 6,580 -
Biasca m[citation needed] Riviera TI 6,115 -
Biel/Bienne h[citation needed] Biel/Bienne BE 55,159 104,542 Biel/Bienne
Binningen - Arlesheim BL 15,787 541,011 Basel (CH)
Birsfelden - Arlesheim BL 10,418 541,011 Basel (CH)
Bischofszell h[citation needed] Bischofszell TG 6,017 -
Boudry h[citation needed] Boudry NE 6,154 89,441 Neuchâtel
Bourg-Saint-Pierre h[citation needed] Entremont VS 198 -
Bremgarten (AG) h[citation needed] Bremgarten AG 7,946 1,334,269 Zurich
Brig-Glis m[citation needed] Brig VS 13,058 47,041 Brig–Visp
Brugg h[citation needed] Brugg AG 11,179 109,255 Baden–Brugg
Buchs (SG) - Werdenberg SG 12,661 27,467 Buchs (SG) (CH)
Bülach h[citation needed] Bülach ZH 20,447 1,334,269 Zurich
Büren a.A. h[citation needed] Seeland BE 3,583 -
Bulle h[citation needed] Gruyère FR 23,439 31,703 Bulle
Burgdorf h[citation needed] Burgdorf BE 16,420 -
Bussigny - Ouest Lausannois VD 8,736 409,295 Lausanne
Carouge (GE) - - GE 22,458 579,227 Genève (CH)
Cham - - ZG 16,723 127,095 Zug
Châtel-Saint-Denis h[citation needed] Veveyse FR 6,971 84,869 Vevey–Montreux
Chêne-Bougeries - - GE 12,215 579,227 Genève (CH)
Chiasso h[citation needed] - TI 7,979 51,668 Chiasso–Mendrisio (CH)
Chur h[citation needed] Plessur GR 35,378 58,266 Chur
Conthey h[citation needed] Conthey VS 8,797 84,138 Sion
Coppet h[citation needed] Nyon VD 3,146 579,227 Genève (CH)
Cossonay h[citation needed] Cossonay VD 3,876 409,295 Lausanne
Croglio h[citation needed] Lugano TI 849 151,037 Lugano (CH)
Crissier - Ouest Lausannois VD 7,930 409,295 Lausanne
Cudrefin h[citation needed] Avenches VD 1,633 -
Cully h[citation needed] Lavaux VD 1,700? 409,295 Lausanne
Davos* - Prättigau/Davos GR 10,899 -
Delémont h[citation needed] Delémont JU 12,682 29,527 Delémont (CH)
Diessenhofen h[citation needed] Diessenhofen TG 3,999 -
Dietikon - Dietikon ZH 27,265 1,334,269 Zurich
Dübendorf - Uster ZH 28,678 1,334,269 Zurich
Ebikon - Lucerne LU 13,617 226,091 Lucerne
Échallens h[citation needed] Échallens VD 5,740 409,295 Lausanne
Ecublens (VD) - Ouest Lausannois VD 12,863 409,295 Lausanne
Eglisau h[citation needed] Bülach ZH 5,217 1,334,269 Zurich
Einsiedeln - Einsiedeln SZ 15,870 -
Elgg h[citation needed] Winterthur ZH 4,903 -
Emmen - Hochdorf LU 30,929 226,091 Lucerne
Erlach h[citation needed] Erlach BE 1,385 -
Estavayer-le-Lac h[citation needed] Broye FR 6,208 -
Flawil - Wil SG 10,523 73,299 Wil
Frauenfeld h[citation needed] Frauenfeld TG 25,611 24,864 Frauenfeld
Freienbach - Höfe SZ 16,391 1,334,269 Zurich
Fribourg h[citation needed] Sarine FR 38,365 105,406 Fribourg
Geneva h[citation needed] - GE 201,818 579,227 Genève (CH)
Gland - Nyon VD 13,109 579,227 Genève (CH)
Glarus m[citation needed] - GL 12,426 30,367 Glarus
Glarus Nord* - - GL 18,483 30,367 Glarus
Gordola h[citation needed] Locarno TI 4,698 55,528 Locarno (CH)
Gossau (SG) - St. Gallen SG 18,173 165,860 St. Gallen
Grandcour h[citation needed] Payerne VD 929 -
Grandson h[citation needed] Grandson VD 3,357 41,079 Yverdon-les-Bains
Greifensee h[citation needed] Uster ZH 5,358 1,334,269 Zurich
Grenchen - Lebern SO 17,372 26,570 Grenchen
Grüningen - Hinwil ZH 3,475 1,334,269 Zurich
Gruyères - Gruyère FR 2,200 -
Herisau - - AR 15,745 165,860 St. Gallen
Hermance h[citation needed] - GE 1,062 579,227 Genève (CH)
Hinwil - Hinwil ZH 11,138 1,334,269 Zurich
Horgen - Horgen ZH 22,665 1,334,269 Zurich
Horw - Lucerne LU 14,109 226,091 Lucerne
Huttwil h[citation needed] Trachselwald BE 4,898 -
Ilanz h[citation needed] Surselva GR 4,756 -
Illnau-Effretikon - Pfäffikon ZH 16,298 1,334,269 Zurich
Interlaken - Interlaken-Oberhasli BE 5,610 23,943 Interlaken
Ittigen - Bern-Mittelland BE 11,351 410,894 Bern
Kaiserstuhl (AG) h[citation needed] Zurzach AG 434 1,334,269 Zurich
Klingnau h[citation needed] Zurzach AG 3,480 -
Kloten h[citation needed] Bülach ZH 19,679 1,334,269 Zurich
Köniz[note 2] - Bern-Mittelland BE 41,784 410,894 Bern
Kreuzlingen - Kreuzlingen TG 22,004 23,713 Kreuzlingen (CH)
Kriens - Lucerne LU 27,444 226,091 Lucerne
Küsnacht (ZH) - Meilen ZH 14,397 1,334,269 Zurich
La Chaux-de-Fonds h[citation needed] La Chaux-de-Fonds NE 37,952 53,002 La Chaux-de-Fonds–Le Locle (CH)
La Neuveville h[citation needed] La Neuveville BE 3,739 -
La Sarraz h[citation needed] Cossonay VD 2,595 -
La Tour-de-Peilz h[citation needed] Vevey VD 11,828 84,869 Vevey–Montreux
La Tour-de-Trême h[citation needed] Gruyère FR 23,439 31,703 Bulle
Lachen (SZ) m[citation needed] March SZ 8,752 29,124 Lachen
Lancy - - GE 32,851 579,227 Genève (CH)
Langenthal m[citation needed] Oberaargau BE 15,624 -
Laufen (BL) h[citation needed] Laufen BL 5,685 541,011 Basel (CH)
Laufenburg h[citation needed] Laufenburg AG 3,632 -
Laupen h[citation needed] Bern-Mittelland BE 3,136 410,894 Bern
Lausanne h[citation needed] Lausanne VD 139,111 409,295 Lausanne
Le Grand-Saconnex - - GE 12,167 579,227 Genève (CH)
Le Landeron h[citation needed] Neuchâtel NE 4,645 -
Le Locle - Le Locle NE 10,216 53,002 La Chaux-de-Fonds–Le Locle (CH)
Lenzburg h[citation needed] Lenzburg AG 10,574 22,188 Lenzburg
Les Clées - Orbe VD 185 -
Leuk m[citation needed] Leuk VS 3,949 -
Lichtensteig h[citation needed] Toggenburg SG 1,869 -
Liestal h[citation needed] Liestal BL 14,415 541,011 Basel (CH)
Locarno h[citation needed] Locarno TI 15,826 55,528 Locarno (CH)
Losone h[citation needed] Locarno TI 6,701 55,528 Locarno (CH)
Lugano h[citation needed] Lugano TI 63,185 151,037 Lugano (CH)
Lutry h[citation needed] Lavaux VD 10,290 409,295 Lausanne
Lucerne h[citation needed] Lucerne LU 81,691 226,091 Lucerne
Lyss - Seeland BE 15,282 -
Männedorf - Meilen ZH 11,243 1,334,269 Zurich
Maienfeld h[citation needed] Landquart GR 2,945 -
Martigny h[citation needed] Martigny VS 18,309 20,818 Martigny
Meilen - Meilen ZH 14,220 1,334,269 Zurich
Mellingen h[citation needed] Baden AG 5,633 109,255 Baden–Brugg
Mendrisio - Mendrisio TI 14,942 51,668 Chiasso–Mendrisio (CH)
Meyrin - - GE 25,255 579,227 Genève (CH)
Möhlin - Rheinfelden AG 11,043 541,011 Basel (CH)
Monthey - Monthey VS 17,785 32,442 Monthey
Montreux - Vevey VD 25,984 84,869 Vevey–Montreux
Morcote h[citation needed] Lugano TI 723 -
Morges h[citation needed] Morges VD 15,708 409,295 Lausanne
Moudon h[citation needed] Moudon VD 6,135 -
Moutier m[citation needed] Jura bernois BE 7,384 -
Münchenbuchsee - Bern-Mittelland BE 10,213 410,894 Bern
Münchenstein -h[citation needed] Arlesheim BL 12,146 541,011 Basel (CH)
Münsingen - Bern-Mittelland BE 12,724 -
Muri bei Bern - Bern BE 13,054 410,894 Bern
Murten h[citation needed] See FR 8,279 -
Muttenz - Arlesheim BL 17,942 541,011 Basel (CH)
Neuchâtel h[citation needed] Neuchâtel NE 33,489 89,441 Neuchâtel
Neuhausen am Rheinfall - - SH 10,512 69,517 Schaffhausen (CH)
Neunkirch h[citation needed] - SH 2,289 -
Nidau h[citation needed] Biel/Bienne BE 6,823 104,542 Biel/Bienne
Nyon h[citation needed] Nyon VD 21,198 579,227 Genève (CH)
Oberwil (BL) - Arlesheim BL 11,194 541,011 Basel (CH)
Oftringen - Zofingen AG 13,794 98,535 Olten–Zofingen
Olten - Olten SO 18,363 98,535 Olten–Zofingen
Onex - - GE 18,964 579,227 Genève (CH)
Opfikon - Bülach ZH 20,361 1,334,269 Zurich
Orbe h[citation needed] Orbe VD 6,938 -
Orsières m[citation needed] Entremont VS 3,187 -
Ostermundigen - Bern BE 17,751 410,894 Bern
Payerne h[citation needed] Payerne VD 9,949 -
Peseux - Boudry NE 5,813 89,441 Neuchâtel
Pfäffikon - Uster ZH 11,935 1,334,269 Zurich
Plan-les-Ouates - - GE 10,657 579,227 Genève (CH)
Porrentruy h[citation needed] Porrentruy JU 6,678 -
Pratteln - Liestal BL 16,724 541,011 Basel (CH)
Prilly - Lausanne VD 12,399 409,295 Lausanne
Pully - Lausanne VD 18,313 409,295 Lausanne
Rapperswil-Jona h[citation needed] See-Gaster SG 26,999 46,343 Rapperswil-Jona–Rüti
Regensberg h[citation needed] Dielsdorf ZH 485 1,334,269 Zurich
Regensdorf - Dielsdorf ZH 18,457 1,334,269 Zurich
Reinach (BL) - Arlesheim BL 19,212 541,011 Basel (CH)
Renens (VD) - Lausanne VD 20,927 409,295 Lausanne
Rheinau h[citation needed] Andelfingen ZH 1,333 -
Rheineck h[citation needed] Rheintal SG 3,419 53,689 Arbon–Rorschach
Rheinfelden h[citation needed] Rheinfelden AG 13,532 541,011 Basel (CH)
Richterswil - Horgen ZH 13,513 1,334,269 Zurich
Riehen - - BS 21,462 541,011 Basel (CH)
Risch - - ZG 10,862 127,095 Zug
Riva San Vitale h[citation needed] Mendrisio TI 2,646 51,668 Chiasso–Mendrisio (CH)
Rolle h[citation needed] Rolle VD 6,259 -
Romainmôtier h[citation needed] Orbe VD 539 -
Romanshorn h[citation needed] Arbon TG 11,165 25,271 Amriswil–Romanshorn
Romont (FR) h[citation needed] Glane FR 5,280 -
Rorschach m[citation needed] Rorschach SG 9,441 53,689 Arbon–Rorschach
Rue h[citation needed] Glane FR 1,526 -
Rüti (ZH)[note 2] - Hinwil ZH 12,174 46,343 Rapperswil-Jona–Rüti
Saillon h[citation needed] Martigny VS 2,620 -
Saint-Maurice - Saint-Maurice VS 4,572 -
Saint-Prex h[citation needed] Morges VD 5,682 409,295 Lausanne
Saint-Ursanne h[citation needed] Porrentruy JU 700? -
Sargans h[citation needed] Sarganserland SG 6,133 -
Sarnen m[citation needed] - OW 10,368 -
Schaffhausen h[citation needed] - SH 36,587 69,517 Schaffhausen (CH)
Schlieren - Dietikon ZH 18,736 1,334,269 Zurich
Schwyz m[citation needed] Schwyz SZ 15,181 -
Sembrancher - Entremont VS 1,042 -
Sempach h[citation needed] Sursee LU 4,169 -
Sierre - Sierre VS 16,801 26,132 Sierre
Sion h[citation needed] Sion VS 34,708 84,138 Sion
Solothurn h[citation needed] Solothurn SO 16,777 78,046 Solothurn
Spiez -h[citation needed] Niedersimmental BE 12,812 -
Spreitenbach - Baden AG 11,881 1,334,269 Zurich
Splügen m[citation needed] Hinterrhein GR 377 -
St. Gallen h[citation needed] St. Gallen SG 75,833 165,860 St. Gallen
St. Moritz - Maloja GR 4,928 -
Stäfa - Meilen ZH 14,497 1,334,269 Zurich
Stans - m[citation needed] NW 8,393 -
Steckborn h[citation needed] Steckborn TG 3,753 -
Steffisburg - Thun BE 15,709 -
Steinhausen - - ZG 10,026 127,095 Zug
Suhr - Aarau AG 10,431 76,636 Aarau
Stein am Rhein h[citation needed] - SH 3,415 -
Sursee h[citation needed] Sursee LU 9,955 -
Thalwil - Horgen ZH 17,990 1,334,269 Zurich
Thônex - - GE 14,122 579,227 Genève (CH)
Thun h[citation needed] Thun BE 43,734 80,264 Thun
Thusis h[citation needed] Hinterrhein GR 9,348 -
Unterseen h 1280[14] Interlaken BE 5,751 23,943 Interlaken
Urdorf - Dietikon ZH 9,848 1,334,269 Zurich
Uster - Uster ZH 34,722 1,334,269 Zurich
Uznach h[citation needed] See-Gaster SG 6,417 -
Uzwil - Wil SG 12,892 73,299 Wil (SG)
Val-de-Travers - Val-de-Travers NE 10,668 -
Valangin h[citation needed] Val-de-Ruz NE 509 -
Vernier - - GE 34,791 579,227 Genève (CH)
Versoix - - GE 13,432 579,227 Genève (CH)
Vevey h[citation needed] Vevey VD 19,891 84,869 Vevey–Montreux
Veyrier - - GE 11,612 579,227 Genève (CH)
Villeneuve h[citation needed] Aigle VD 5,773 84,869 Vevey–Montreux
Villars-sur-Glâne - Sarine FR 12,094 105,406 Fribourg
Visp m[citation needed] Visp VS 7,950 47,041 Brig–Visp
Volketswil - Uster ZH 18,669 1,334,269 Zurich
Wädenswil - Horgen ZH 21,621 1,334,269 Zurich
Waldenburg h[citation needed] Waldenburg BL 1,089 -
Walenstadt h[citation needed] Sarganserland SG 5,679 -
Wallisellen - Bülach ZH 16,324 -
Wangen an der Aare h[citation needed] Wangen BE 2,312 -
Werdenberg h[citation needed] Werdenberg SG 60 27,467 Buchs (SG) (CH)
Weinfelden - Weinfelden TG 11,534 -
Wettingen - Baden AG 20,852 109,255 Baden–Brugg
Wetzikon (ZH) - Hinwil ZH 24,809 1,334,269 Zurich
Wiedlisbach h[citation needed] Wangen BE 2,377 -
Wil (SG) h[citation needed] Wil SG 23,966 73,299 Wil (SG)
Willisau h[citation needed] Willisau LU 7,781 -
Winterthur h[citation needed] Winterthur ZH 111,851 138,252 Winterthur
Wohlen (AG) - Bremgarten AG 16,484 22,621 Wohlen (AG)
Yverdon-les-Bains h[citation needed] Yverdon VD 30,157 41,079 Yverdon-les-Bains
Zermatt - Visp VS 5,758 -
Zofingen h[citation needed] Zofingen AG 11,656 98,535 Olten–Zofingen
Zollikofen - Bern-Mittelland BE 10,306 410,894 Bern
Zollikon - Meilen ZH 13,012 1,334,269 Zurich
Zug h[citation needed] - ZG 30,542 127,095 Zug
Zürich h[citation needed] Zurich ZH 415,367 1,334,269 Zurich
Bad Zurzach m[citation needed] Zurzach AG 4,343 -

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c It considers itself still as a village.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h It does not call itself a town.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Statistische Städte" (PDF) (official site) (in German and French). Neuchâtel, Switzerland: Swiss Federal Statistical Office. 12 October 2016. Retrieved 2016-11-19.
  2. ^ a b "Statistik der Schweizer Städte 2016" (PDF) (Official Statistical Yearbook) (in German and French). Neuchâtel, Switzerland: Schweizerischer Städteverband / Swiss Federal Statistical Office. 12 April 2016. Retrieved 2016-11-19.
  3. ^ "Die Raumgliederungen der Schweiz 2016" (in German, French, Italian, and English). Neuchâtel, Switzerland: Swiss Federal Statistical Office. 17 February 2016. Retrieved 14 December 2016.
  4. ^ Swiss Federal Statistical Office - STAT-TAB, online database – Ständige und nichtständige Wohnbevölkerung nach institutionellen Gliederungen, Geburtsort und Staatsangehörigkeit (in German) accessed 23 September 2019
  5. ^ "Städtische Bevölkerung: Agglomerationen und isolierte Städte" (in German and French). Neuchâtel, Switzerland: Swiss Federal Statistical Office. 26 August 2016. Retrieved 14 December 2016.
  6. ^ Alfred Lüthi: Aarau in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland, 2016-09-12.
  7. ^ Anne-Marie Dubler: Aarberg (Gemeinde) in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland, 2013-11-28.
  8. ^ Andreas Steigmeier: Aarburg (Gemeinde) in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland, 2009-06-23.
  9. ^ Bernardino Croci Maspoli: Agno in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland, 2009-06-30.
  10. ^ Jean-Jacques Bouquet: Aigle (Gemeinde) in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland, 2009-06-25.
  11. ^ Hans Stadler: Altdorf (UR) in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland, 2011-10-05.
  12. ^ Johannes Vogel: Altstätten (Gemeinde) in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland, 2010-10-07.
  13. ^ Albin Hasenfratz, Hansjörg Brem, Kurt Buenzli: Arbon in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland, 2010-10-20.
  14. ^ Anne-Marie Dubler: Unterseen in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland, 2013-02-13.

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