Premier, Switzerland

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Premier village
Premier village
Coat of arms of Premier
Coat of arms
Location of Premier
Premier is located in Switzerland
Premier is located in Canton of Vaud
Coordinates: 46°42′N 06°27′E / 46.700°N 6.450°E / 46.700; 6.450Coordinates: 46°42′N 06°27′E / 46.700°N 6.450°E / 46.700; 6.450
DistrictJura-Nord Vaudois
 • MayorSyndic
Roger Ravessoud
 • Total6.12 km2 (2.36 sq mi)
869 m (2,851 ft)
 • Total214
 • Density35/km2 (91/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Les Promiolians
Lè Ricllia-laitia
Postal code
SFOS number5759
Surrounded byLes Clées, Bretonnières, Romainmôtier-Envy, Vaulion, Vallorbe
Profile (in French), SFSO statistics

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


Premier is first mentioned in 1403 as Prumyer.[3] A hamlet known as Lanfrey which was mentioned in the 14th Century but vanished in the 15th, existed on or near the site of the village of Premier.[4]


Premier has an area, as of 2009, of 6.1 square kilometers (2.4 sq mi). Of this area, 2.9 km2 (1.1 sq mi) or 47.4% is used for agricultural purposes, while 2.96 km2 (1.14 sq mi) or 48.4% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 0.18 km2 (0.069 sq mi) or 2.9% is settled (buildings or roads).[5]

Of the built up area, housing and buildings made up 1.8% and transportation infrastructure made up 1.1%. Out of the forested land, 44.3% of the total land area is heavily forested and 4.1% is covered with orchards or small clusters of trees. Of the agricultural land, 19.6% is used for growing crops and 19.1% is pastures and 8.2% is used for alpine pastures.[5]

The municipality was part of the Orbe District until it was dissolved on 31 August 2006, and Premier became part of the new district of Jura-Nord Vaudois.[6]

The municipality is located in the foothills of Mont-Buffet. It consists of the linear village of Premier.

Coat of arms[edit]

The blazon of the municipal coat of arms is Per pale Argent and Gules, overall a Plum-tree eradicated Vert fructed Azure.[7]


Premier has a population (as of December 2018) of 214.[8] As of 2008, 2.7% of the population are resident foreign nationals.[9] Over the last 10 years (1999–2009 ) the population has changed at a rate of -13.5%. It has changed at a rate of -8.4% due to migration and at a rate of -5.1% due to births and deaths.[10]

Most of the population (as of 2000) speaks French (196 or 94.2%), with English being second most common (5 or 2.4%) and German being third (4 or 1.9%). There is 1 person who speaks Italian.[11]

The age distribution, as of 2009, in Premier is; 6 children or 3.2% of the population are between 0 and 9 years old and 24 teenagers or 12.9% are between 10 and 19. Of the adult population, 29 people or 15.6% of the population are between 20 and 29 years old. 16 people or 8.6% are between 30 and 39, 19 people or 10.2% are between 40 and 49, and 41 people or 22.0% are between 50 and 59. The senior population distribution is 23 people or 12.4% of the population are between 60 and 69 years old, 10 people or 5.4% are between 70 and 79, there are 17 people or 9.1% who are between 80 and 89, and there is 1 person who is 90 and older.[12]

As of 2000, there were 81 people who were single and never married in the municipality. There were 108 married individuals, 8 widows or widowers and 11 individuals who are divorced.[11]

As of 2000, there were 81 private households in the municipality, and an average of 2.5 persons per household.[10] There were 23 households that consist of only one person and 11 households with five or more people. Out of a total of 84 households that answered this question, 27.4% were households made up of just one person. Of the rest of the households, there are 25 married couples without children, 30 married couples with children There were 2 single parents with a child or children. There was 1 household that was made up of unrelated people and 3 households that were made up of some sort of institution or another collective housing.[11]

In 2000 there were 52 single family homes (or 67.5% of the total) out of a total of 77 inhabited buildings. There were 10 multi-family buildings (13.0%), along with 11 multi-purpose buildings that were mostly used for housing (14.3%) and 4 other use buildings (commercial or industrial) that also had some housing (5.2%).[13]

In 2000, a total of 79 apartments (82.3% of the total) were permanently occupied, while 14 apartments (14.6%) were seasonally occupied and 3 apartments (3.1%) were empty.[13] As of 2009, the construction rate of new housing units was 0 new units per 1000 residents.[10] The vacancy rate for the municipality, in 2010, was 0%.[10]

The historical population is given in the following chart:[3][14]


In the 2007 federal election the most popular party was the SVP which received 25.39% of the vote. The next three most popular parties were the SP (18.99%), the FDP (15.22%) and the Other (11.58%). In the federal election, a total of 85 votes were cast, and the voter turnout was 56.7%.[15]


As of  2010, Premier had an unemployment rate of 3.1%. As of 2008, there were 16 people employed in the primary economic sector and about 5 businesses involved in this sector. 10 people were employed in the secondary sector and there were 5 businesses in this sector. 13 people were employed in the tertiary sector, with 4 businesses in this sector.[10] There were 96 residents of the municipality who were employed in some capacity, of which females made up 39.6% of the workforce.

In 2008 the total number of full-time equivalent jobs was 31. The number of jobs in the primary sector was 12, all of which were in agriculture. The number of jobs in the secondary sector was 10, all of which were in manufacturing. The number of jobs in the tertiary sector was 9. In the tertiary sector; 6 or 66.7% were in a hotel or restaurant, 1 was in the information industry, 1 was in education.[16]

In 2000, there were 4 workers who commuted into the municipality and 62 workers who commuted away. The municipality is a net exporter of workers, with about 15.5 workers leaving the municipality for every one entering.[17] Of the working population, 10.4% used public transportation to get to work, and 64.6% used a private car.[10]


From the 2000 census, 26 or 12.5% were Roman Catholic, while 151 or 72.6% belonged to the Swiss Reformed Church. Of the rest of the population, there was 1 member of an Orthodox church, there was 1 individual who belongs to the Christian Catholic Church, and there was 1 individual who belongs to another Christian church. 18 (or about 8.65% of the population) belonged to no church, are agnostic or atheist, and 10 individuals (or about 4.81% of the population) did not answer the question.[11]


In Premier about 72 or (34.6%) of the population have completed non-mandatory upper secondary education, and 31 or (14.9%) have completed additional higher education (either university or a Fachhochschule). Of the 31 who completed tertiary schooling, 45.2% were Swiss men, 48.4% were Swiss women.[11]

In the 2009/2010 school year there were a total of 14 students in the Premier 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 11 students in those schools.[19]

As of 2000, there were 21 students in Premier who came from another municipality, while 31 residents attended schools outside the municipality.[17]


  1. ^ a b "Arealstatistik Standard - Gemeinden nach 4 Hauptbereichen". Federal Statistical Office. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  2. ^ "Ständige Wohnbevölkerung nach Staatsangehörigkeitskategorie Geschlecht und Gemeinde; Provisorische Jahresergebnisse; 2018". Federal Statistical Office. 9 April 2019. Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  3. ^ a b Premier in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland.
  4. ^ Lanfrey in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland.
  5. ^ a b Swiss Federal Statistical Office-Land Use Statistics 2009 data (in German) accessed 25 March 2010
  6. ^ Nomenklaturen – Amtliches Gemeindeverzeichnis der Schweiz Archived 2015-11-13 at the Wayback Machine (in German) accessed 4 April 2011
  7. ^ Flags of the accessed 29-July-2011
  8. ^ Swiss Federal Statistical Office - STAT-TAB, online database – Ständige und nichtständige Wohnbevölkerung nach institutionellen Gliederungen, Geburtsort und Staatsangehörigkeit (in German) accessed 23 September 2019
  9. ^ Swiss Federal Statistical Office - Superweb database - Gemeinde Statistics 1981-2008 (in German) accessed 19 June 2010
  10. ^ a b c d e f Swiss Federal Statistical Office accessed 29-July-2011
  11. ^ a b c d e STAT-TAB Datenwürfel für Thema 40.3 - 2000 Archived 2013-08-09 at the Wayback Machine (in German) accessed 2 February 2011
  12. ^ Canton of Vaud Statistical Office (in French) accessed 29 April 2011
  13. ^ a b Swiss Federal Statistical Office STAT-TAB - Datenwürfel für Thema 09.2 - Gebäude und Wohnungen Archived 2014-09-07 at the Wayback Machine (in German) accessed 28 January 2011
  14. ^ Swiss Federal Statistical Office STAT-TAB Bevölkerungsentwicklung nach Region, 1850-2000 Archived 2014-09-30 at the Wayback Machine (in German) accessed 29 January 2011
  15. ^ Swiss Federal Statistical Office, Nationalratswahlen 2007: Stärke der Parteien und Wahlbeteiligung, nach Gemeinden/Bezirk/Canton (in German) accessed 28 May 2010
  16. ^ Swiss Federal Statistical Office STAT-TAB Betriebszählung: Arbeitsstätten nach Gemeinde und NOGA 2008 (Abschnitte), Sektoren 1-3 Archived 2014-12-25 at the Wayback Machine (in German) accessed 28 January 2011
  17. ^ a b Swiss Federal Statistical Office - Statweb Archived 2012-08-04 at (in German) accessed 24 June 2010
  18. ^ Organigramme de l'école vaudoise, année scolaire 2009-2010 (in French) accessed 2 May 2011
  19. ^ Canton of Vaud Statistical Office - Scol. obligatoire/filières de transition (in French) accessed 2 May 2011

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