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Former municipality of Switzerland
Coat of arms of Oberönz
Coat of arms
Oberönz is located in Switzerland
Oberönz is located in Canton of Bern
Coordinates: 47°11′N 7°42′E / 47.183°N 7.700°E / 47.183; 7.700Coordinates: 47°11′N 7°42′E / 47.183°N 7.700°E / 47.183; 7.700
Country Switzerland
Canton Bern
District Wangen
 • Total 3.0 km2 (1.2 sq mi)
Elevation 465 m (1,526 ft)
 • Total 941
 • Density 310/km2 (810/sq mi)
Postal code 3363
SFOS number 0984
Surrounded by Aeschi (SO), Bettenhausen, Bollodingen, Herzogenbuchsee, Niederönz, Seeberg, Steinhof (SO)
Website www.oberoenz.ch
SFSO statistics

Oberönz was a municipality in the district of Wangen in the canton of Bern in Switzerland.

On January 1, 2008, the municipality of Oberönz became part of the municipality of Herzogenbuchsee.[1]


Oberönz is first mentioned in 1246 as Onza.[2]


Oberönz has an area of 3 km2 (1.2 sq mi). Of this area, 48.5% is used for agricultural purposes, while 37.8% is forested. The rest of the land, (13.7%) is settled.[3]


Before the merger, Oberönz has a population of 941. As of 2007, 11.3% of the population was made up of foreign nationals. Over the last 10 years the population has grown at a rate of 8.2%. Most of the population (as of 2000) speaks German (90.8%), with Turkish being second most common (3.6%) and Albanian being third (2.3%).

In the 2007 election the most popular party was the SVP which received 35.2% of the vote. The next three most popular parties were the SPS (25.7%), the FDP (14.5%) and the Green Party (7.1%).

The age distribution of the population (as of 2000) is children and teenagers (0–19 years old) make up 23.8% of the population, while adults (20–64 years old) make up 61.4% and seniors (over 64 years old) make up 14.9%. The entire Swiss population is generally well educated. In Oberönz about 76.7% of the population (between age 25-64) have completed either non-mandatory upper secondary education or additional higher education (either University or a Fachhochschule).

Oberönz had an unemployment rate of 1.46%. As of 2005, there were 23 people employed in the primary economic sector and about 9 businesses involved in this sector. 187 people are employed in the secondary sector and there are 6 businesses in this sector. 39 people are employed in the tertiary sector, with 13 businesses in this sector.[3] The historical population is given in the following table:[2]

year population
1764 254
1850 385
1900 327
1950 403
2000 880


  1. ^ BSG 152.01 / BAG 07-139 Die Justizkommission des Grossen Rats des Kantons Bern (Justice Commission of the High Council of Canton Bern) decision of 16 October 2007. (German) accessed 16 July 2009
  2. ^ a b Oberönz in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland.
  3. ^ a b Swiss Federal Statistical Office accessed 21-Jul-2009

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