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Coat of arms of Novalles
Coat of arms
Novalles is located in Switzerland
Novalles is located in Canton of Vaud
Coordinates: 46°49′N 06°35′E / 46.817°N 6.583°E / 46.817; 6.583Coordinates: 46°49′N 06°35′E / 46.817°N 6.583°E / 46.817; 6.583
Country Switzerland
Canton Vaud
District Jura-Nord Vaudois
 • Mayor Syndic
André Guillet
 • Total 2.06 km2 (0.80 sq mi)
Elevation 550 m (1,800 ft)
Population (Dec 2015[2])
 • Total 102
 • Density 50/km2 (130/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Lè Tsa
Postal code 1431
SFOS number 5564
Surrounded by Bullet, Grandevent, Fontaines-sur-Grandson, Giez, Vugelles-La Mothe
Website website missing
Profile (French), SFSO statistics

Novalles is a municipality in the district of Jura-Nord Vaudois in the canton of Vaud in Switzerland.


Novalles is first mentioned in 1179 as Novellis.[3]


Novalles has an area, as of 2009, of 2.06 square kilometers (0.80 sq mi). Of this area, 0.96 km2 (0.37 sq mi) or 46.6% is used for agricultural purposes, while 1.01 km2 (0.39 sq mi) or 49.0% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 0.09 km2 (22 acres) or 4.4% is settled (buildings or roads).[4]

Of the built up area, housing and buildings made up 1.9% and transportation infrastructure made up 1.9%. Out of the forested land, all of the forested land area is covered with heavy forests. Of the agricultural land, 32.5% is used for growing crops and 12.1% is pastures, while 1.9% is used for orchards or vine crops.[4]

The municipality was part of the Grandson District until it was dissolved on 31 August 2006, and Novalles became part of the new district of Jura-Nord Vaudois.[5]

The municipality is located north-west of Grandson on a plateau and along the left bank of the Arnon river. It consists of the haufendorf village (an irregular, unplanned and quite closely packed village, built around a central square) of Novalles and the hamlet of Le Moulin.

Coat of arms[edit]

The blazon of the municipal coat of arms is Pally of Six Argent and Azure, overall a Mining-wheel Or.[6]


Novalles has a population (as of December 2015) of 102.[7] As of 2008, 3.1% of the population are resident foreign nationals.[8] Over the last 10 years (1999–2009 ) the population has changed at a rate of -8%. It has changed at a rate of -4% due to migration and at a rate of -4% due to births and deaths.[9]

Most of the population (as of 2000) speaks French (92 or 92.9%), with German being second most common (5 or 5.1%) and Italian being third (2 or 2.0%).[10]

Of the population in the municipality 19 or about 19.2% were born in Novalles and lived there in 2000. There were 39 or 39.4% who were born in the same canton, while 35 or 35.4% were born somewhere else in Switzerland, and 6 or 6.1% were born outside of Switzerland.[10]

In 2008 there was 1 live birth to Swiss citizens. Ignoring immigration and emigration, the population of Swiss citizens increased by 1 while the foreign population remained the same. There were 2 Swiss men who immigrated back to Switzerland. The total Swiss population remained the same in 2008 and the non-Swiss population increased by 2 people. This represents a population growth rate of 2.1%.[8]

The age distribution, as of 2009, in Novalles is; 6 children or 6.5% of the population are between 0 and 9 years old and 12 teenagers or 13.0% are between 10 and 19. Of the adult population, 12 people or 13.0% of the population are between 20 and 29 years old. 14 people or 15.2% are between 30 and 39, 14 people or 15.2% are between 40 and 49, and 14 people or 15.2% are between 50 and 59. The senior population distribution is 14 people or 15.2% of the population are between 60 and 69 years old, 5 people or 5.4% are between 70 and 79, there is 1 person who is 80 and 89.[11]

As of 2000, there were 42 people who were single and never married in the municipality. There were 45 married individuals, 7 widows or widowers and 5 individuals who are divorced.[10]

As of 2000, there were 33 private households in the municipality, and an average of 3. persons per household.[9] There were 5 households that consist of only one person and 4 households with five or more people. Out of a total of 33 households that answered this question, 15.2% were households made up of just one person and there were 2 adults who lived with their parents. Of the rest of the households, there are 8 married couples without children, 16 married couples with children There was one single parent with a child or children. There was 1 household that was made up of unrelated people.[10]

In 2000 there were 20 single family homes (or 69.0% of the total) out of a total of 29 inhabited buildings. There were 3 multi-family buildings (10.3%), along with 5 multi-purpose buildings that were mostly used for housing (17.2%) and 1 other use buildings (commercial or industrial) that also had some housing (3.4%). Of the single family homes 17 were built before 1919, while 1 was built between 1990 and 2000. The most multi-family homes (2) were built before 1919 and the next most (1) were built between 1981 and 1990.[12]

In 2000 there were 35 apartments in the municipality. The most common apartment size was 4 rooms of which there were 12. There were 2 single room apartments and 15 apartments with five or more rooms. Of these apartments, a total of 33 apartments (94.3% of the total) were permanently occupied and 2 apartments (5.7%) were empty.[12] As of 2009, the construction rate of new housing units was 0 new units per 1000 residents.[9] The vacancy rate for the municipality, in 2010, was 0%.[9]

The historical population is given in the following chart:[3][13]


The entire hamlet of Novalles is designated as part of the Inventory of Swiss Heritage Sites[14]


In the 2007 federal election the most popular party was the SVP which received 43% of the vote. The next three most popular parties were the FDP (26.97%), the SP (10.93%) and the Green Party (9.91%). In the federal election, a total of 39 votes were cast, and the voter turnout was 48.8%.[15]


As of 2010, Novalles had an unemployment rate of 0.1%. As of 2008, there were 12 people employed in the primary economic sector and about 4 businesses involved in this sector. 2 people were employed in the secondary sector and there were 2 businesses in this sector. 2 people were employed in the tertiary sector, with 1 business in this sector.[9] There were 56 residents of the municipality who were employed in some capacity, of which females made up 42.9% of the workforce.

In 2008 the total number of full-time equivalent jobs was 11. The number of jobs in the primary sector was 8, all of which were in agriculture. The number of jobs in the secondary sector was 2 of which 1 was in manufacturing and 1 was in construction. The number of jobs in the tertiary sector was 1.[16]

In 2000, there were 42 workers who commuted away from the municipality.[17] Of the working population, 10.7% used public transportation to get to work, and 60.7% used a private car.[9]


From the 2000 census, 19 or 19.2% were Roman Catholic, while 56 or 56.6% belonged to the Swiss Reformed Church. Of the rest of the population, there were 18 individuals (or about 18.18% of the population) who belonged to another Christian church. 14 (or about 14.14% of the population) belonged to no church, are agnostic or atheist, and 1 individuals (or about 1.01% of the population) did not answer the question.[10]


In Novalles about 42 or (42.4%) of the population have completed non-mandatory upper secondary education, and 11 or (11.1%) have completed additional higher education (either university or a Fachhochschule). Of the 11 who completed tertiary schooling, 81.8% were Swiss men, 9.1% were Swiss women.[10]

In the 2009/2010 school year there were a total of 8 students in the Novalles school district. In the Vaud cantonal school system, two years of non-obligatory pre-school are provided by the political districts.[18] During the school year, the political district provided pre-school care for a total of 578 children of which 359 children (62.1%) received subsidized pre-school care. The canton's primary school program requires students to attend for four years. There were 3 students in the municipal primary school program. The obligatory lower secondary school program lasts for six years and there were 5 students in those schools.[19]

As of 2000, there were 19 students from Novalles who attended schools outside the municipality.[17]


  1. ^ Arealstatistik Standard - Gemeindedaten nach 4 Hauptbereichen
  2. ^ Swiss Federal Statistical Office - STAT-TAB, online database – Ständige und nichtständige Wohnbevölkerung nach institutionellen Gliederungen, Geburtsort und Staatsangehörigkeit (German) accessed 30 August 2016
  3. ^ a b Novalles in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland.
  4. ^ a b Swiss Federal Statistical Office-Land Use Statistics 2009 data (German) accessed 25 March 2010
  5. ^ Nomenklaturen – Amtliches Gemeindeverzeichnis der Schweiz (German) accessed 4 April 2011
  6. ^ Flags of the accessed 9 June 2011
  7. ^ Swiss Federal Statistical Office - STAT-TAB, online database – Ständige und nichtständige Wohnbevölkerung nach institutionellen Gliederungen, Geburtsort und Staatsangehörigkeit (German) accessed 30 August 2016
  8. ^ a b Swiss Federal Statistical Office - Superweb database - Gemeinde Statistics 1981-2008 (German) accessed 19 June 2010
  9. ^ a b c d e f Swiss Federal Statistical Office accessed 9 June 2011
  10. ^ a b c d e f STAT-TAB Datenwürfel für Thema 40.3 - 2000 (German) accessed 2 February 2011
  11. ^ Canton of Vaud Statistical Office (French) accessed 29 April 2011
  12. ^ a b Swiss Federal Statistical Office STAT-TAB - Datenwürfel für Thema 09.2 - Gebäude und Wohnungen (German) accessed 28 January 2011
  13. ^ Swiss Federal Statistical Office STAT-TAB Bevölkerungsentwicklung nach Region, 1850-2000 (German) accessed 29 January 2011
  14. ^ "Kantonsliste A-Objekte". KGS Inventar (in German). Federal Office of Civil Protection. 2009. Retrieved 25 April 2011. 
  15. ^ Swiss Federal Statistical Office, Nationalratswahlen 2007: Stärke der Parteien und Wahlbeteiligung, nach Gemeinden/Bezirk/Canton (German) accessed 28 May 2010
  16. ^ Swiss Federal Statistical Office STAT-TAB Betriebszählung: Arbeitsstätten nach Gemeinde und NOGA 2008 (Abschnitte), Sektoren 1-3 (German) accessed 28 January 2011
  17. ^ a b Swiss Federal Statistical Office - Statweb (German) accessed 24 June 2010
  18. ^ Organigramme de l'école vaudoise, année scolaire 2009-2010 (French) accessed 2 May 2011
  19. ^ Canton of Vaud Statistical Office - Scol. obligatoire/filières de transition (French) accessed 2 May 2011