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Coat of arms of Obfelden
Coat of arms
Obfelden is located in Switzerland
Obfelden is located in Canton of Zurich
Coordinates: 47°16′N 8°25′E / 47.267°N 8.417°E / 47.267; 8.417Coordinates: 47°16′N 8°25′E / 47.267°N 8.417°E / 47.267; 8.417
Country Switzerland
Canton Zurich
District Affoltern
 • Total 7.55 km2 (2.92 sq mi)
Elevation 430 m (1,410 ft)
Population (Dec 2015[2])
 • Total 5,007
 • Density 660/km2 (1,700/sq mi)
Postal code 8912
SFOS number 0010
Surrounded by Affoltern am Albis, Hünenberg (ZG), Maschwanden, Merenschwand (AG), Mettmenstetten, Ottenbach
Website www.obfelden.ch
SFSO statistics

Obfelden is a municipality in the district of Affoltern in the canton of Zürich in Switzerland.


Obfelden is first mentioned in 1246 as Bickewilare. In 1257, it was mentioned as Lundenerun and Lunderun inferioris. In 1311, it was known as Wolunsun, and in 1325 as Tunsen.[3]

It was part of the municipality of Ottenbach until 1847.


Obfelden has an area of 7.6 km2 (2.9 sq mi). Of this area, 54.3% is used for agricultural purposes, while 22.6% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 20.1% is settled (buildings or roads) and the remainder (2.9%) is non-productive (rivers, glaciers or mountains).[4]

The municipality is located on the Reuss River and on the border with the Canton of Aargau. It consists of five smaller communities; Bickwil, Ober-, Unterlunnern, Wolsen and Toussen.


Obfelden has a population (as of 31 December 2015) of 5,007.[2] As of 2007, 16.0% of the population was made up of foreign nationals. Over the last 10 years the population has grown at a rate of 7.6%. Most of the population (as of 2000) speaks German (89.6%), with Italian being second most common ( 3.9%) and Albanian being third ( 1.7%).

In the 2007 election, the most popular party was the SVP which received 38% of the vote. The next three most popular parties were the SPS (15.6%), the FDP (12%) and the CSP (11.5%).

The age distribution of the population (as of 2000)is children and teenagers (0–19 years old) make up 25.9% of the population, while adults (20–64 years old) make up 64.4% and seniors (over 64 years old) make up 9.7%. In Obfelden about 78.4% of the population (between age 25-64) have completed either non-mandatory upper secondary education or additional higher education (either university or a Fachhochschule).

Obfelden has an unemployment rate of 2%. As of 2005, there were 90 people employed in the primary economic sector and about 26 businesses involved in this sector. 334 people are employed in the secondary sector and there are 57 businesses in this sector. 659 people are employed in the tertiary sector, with 130 businesses in this sector.[4] The historical population is given in the following table:[3]

year population
1450 c. 24 Households
1634 311
1668 562
1799 789
1850 896
1900 1,335
1950 1,517
2000 4,182


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