Oberwald

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Oberwald
Former municipality of Switzerland
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Coat of arms of Oberwald
Coat of arms
Oberwald is located in Switzerland
Oberwald
Oberwald
Oberwald is located in Canton of Valais
Oberwald
Oberwald
Coordinates: 46°32′N 8°21′E / 46.533°N 8.350°E / 46.533; 8.350Coordinates: 46°32′N 8°21′E / 46.533°N 8.350°E / 46.533; 8.350
Country Switzerland
Canton Valais
District Goms
Municipality Obergoms
Area
 • Total 96.9 km2 (37.4 sq mi)
Elevation 1,377 m (4,518 ft)
Population
 • Total 277
 • Density 2.9/km2 (7.4/sq mi)
Postal code 3999
Localities Gletsch
Website www.oberwald.ch

Oberwald is a village in the municipality of Obergoms in Goms District in the canton of Valais in Switzerland.

It is situated at an elevation of 1377 m and had a population of 277 in December 2007.[citation needed] It is located at the end of the Goms, directly before the Furka and Grimsel passes, underneath the Rhône River source at the Rhône Glacier. It is also the startpoint of the Furka Tunnel. Most inhabitants live off tourism or sheep farming.

Oberwald was an independent municipality until January 1, 2009, when it merged with Ulrichen and Obergesteln to form the municipality of Obergoms.

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