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Nax village
Nax village
Coat of arms of Mont-Noble
Coat of arms
Mont-Noble is located in Switzerland
Location of Mont-Noble
Karte Gemeinde Mont-Noble 2017.png
Mont-Noble is located in Canton of Valais
Mont-Noble (Canton of Valais)
Coordinates: 46°13′N 07°25′E / 46.217°N 7.417°E / 46.217; 7.417Coordinates: 46°13′N 07°25′E / 46.217°N 7.417°E / 46.217; 7.417
Country Switzerland
Canton Valais
District Hérens
 • Total 43.45 km2 (16.78 sq mi)
Elevation 1,286 m (4,219 ft)
Population (Dec 2016[2])
 • Total 1,056
 • Density 24/km2 (63/sq mi)
Postal code 1973
SFOS number 6090
SFSO statistics

Mont-Noble is a municipality in the district of Hérens in the canton of Valais in Switzerland. It was created on 1 January 2011 through the merger of the municipalities of Mase, Vernamiège and Nax.[3]


Mase is first mentioned about 1100 as villa Magis. Until 1902 it was known as Mage.[4] Nax is first mentioned around 1001-1100 as Nas.[5] Nax's village church collapsed in 1909 during a service, killing 31 and injuring 50.


Rocky promontory near Nax

Mont-Noble has an area, as of 2011, of 43 square kilometers (17 sq mi). Of this area, 32.7% is used for agricultural purposes, while 39.5% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 2.8% is settled (buildings or roads) and 25.0% is unproductive land.[6]

The village of Mase is located in the Hérens district on the right bank of the Borgne and the left bank of the Rhone in the Val d'Hérens at an elevation of 1,345 m (4,413 ft).

Nax is situated at the entrance to the Hérens valley near a rocky promontory which may provided its name, from the Latin: nasus, nose.


Mont-Noble has a population (as of December 2016) of 1,056.[2] As of 2008, 7.2% of the population are resident foreign nationals.[7] Over the last 10 years (1999–2009 ) the population has changed at a rate of 10.6%. It has changed at a rate of 15.5% due to migration and at a rate of -6.2% due to births and deaths.[6]

Most of the population (as of 2000) speaks French (92.8%) as their first language, German is the second most common (5.2%) and Italian is the third (0.8%).[6]

The age distribution of the population (as of 2000) is children and teenagers (0–19 years old) make up 17.3% of the population, while adults (20–64 years old) make up 57.6% and seniors (over 64 years old) make up 25.1%.[6]

As of 2009, the construction rate of new housing units was 6.8 new units per 1000 residents.[6] The vacancy rate for the municipality, in 2010, was 1.49%.[6]

Historic Population[edit]

The historical population is given in the following chart:[4][5][8]


The entire village of Mase is designated as part of the Inventory of Swiss Heritage Sites[9]


As of  2010, Mont-Noble had an unemployment rate of 5.7%. As of 2008, there were 27 people employed in the primary economic sector and about 16 businesses involved in this sector. 26 people were employed in the secondary sector and there were 8 businesses in this sector. 93 people were employed in the tertiary sector, with 31 businesses in this sector.[6]

Of the working population, 11.8% used public transportation to get to work, and 67.1% used a private car.[6]

Notable people[edit]


  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. ^ Amtliches Gemeindeverzeichnis der Schweiz published by the Swiss Federal Statistical Office (in German) accessed 19 July 2011
  4. ^ a b Mase in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland.
  5. ^ a b Nax in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h Swiss Federal Statistical Office accessed 08-September-2011
  7. ^ Swiss Federal Statistical Office - Superweb database - Gemeinde Statistics 1981-2008 (in German) accessed 19 June 2010
  8. ^ Federal Statistical Office STAT-TAB Bevölkerungsentwicklung nach Region, 1850-2000 Archived 2012-03-17 at the Wayback Machine. (in German) accessed 29 January 2011
  9. ^ "Kantonsliste A-Objekte". KGS Inventar (in German). Federal Office of Civil Protection. 2009. Archived from the original on 28 June 2010. Retrieved 25 April 2011. 

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