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Coat of arms of Rafz
Coat of arms
Rafz is located in Switzerland
Rafz is located in Canton of Zurich
Coordinates: 47°37′N 8°32′E / 47.617°N 8.533°E / 47.617; 8.533Coordinates: 47°37′N 8°32′E / 47.617°N 8.533°E / 47.617; 8.533
Country Switzerland
Canton Zurich
District Bülach
 • Mayor Jürg Sigrist
 • Total 10.69 km2 (4.13 sq mi)
Elevation 419 m (1,375 ft)
Population (Dec 2016[2])
 • Total 4,389
 • Density 410/km2 (1,100/sq mi)
Postal code 8197
SFOS number 0067
Surrounded by Buchberg (SH), Dettighofen (DE-BW), Eglisau, Jestetten (DE-BW), Lottstetten (DE-BW), Rüdlingen (SH), Wil
Twin towns Hetvehely (Hungary)
Website www.rafz.ch
SFSO statistics

Rafz is a municipality in the district of Bülach in the northwest of the canton of Zürich in Switzerland.


Church of Rafz

Rafz has an area of 10.7 km2 (4.1 sq mi). Of this area, 52% is used for agricultural purposes, while 33.1% is forested. The rest of the land (14.9%) is settled.[3]

Rafz has border crossings into Germany at Schluchenberg with Baltersweil in Baden-Württemberg, Germany to the north of town; Rafz town with Lottstetten town also in Baden-Württemberg, and at Solgen with Lottstetten.


Rafz has a population (as of 31 December 2016) of 4,389.[2] As of 2007, 14.7% of the population was made up of foreign nationals. Over the last 10 years the population has grown at a rate of 18.3%. Most of the population (as of 2000) speaks German (91.1%), with Italian being second most common (2.5%) and Albanian being third (2.5%).

In the 2007 election the most popular party was the SVP which received 44% of the vote. The next three most popular parties were the SPS (18.3%), the CSP (10.2%) and the Green Party (8.9%).

The age distribution of the population (as of 2000) is children and teenagers (0–19 years old) make up 28.5% of the population, while adults (20–64 years old) make up 59.9% and seniors (over 64 years old) make up 11.7%. In Rafz about 79.5% of the population (between age 25 and 64) have completed either non-mandatory upper secondary education or additional higher education (either university or a Fachhochschule).

Rafz has an unemployment rate of 1.95%. As of 2005, there were 150 people employed in the primary economic sector and about 38 businesses involved in this sector. The secondary sector employs 459 people and there are 40 businesses in this sector. The tertiary sector employs 536 people, with 91 businesses in this sector.[3]


Rafz railway station is the terminus of Zurich S-Bahn line S5 from Zurich, and an intermediate stop on the S22 between Bülach and Schaffhausen. It is a 38-minute ride from Zürich Hauptbahnhof.


External links[edit]

  • Media related to Rafz at Wikimedia Commons
  • Gemeinde Rafz—Official Web site (in German)