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Former municipality of Switzerland
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Coat of arms of Riedern
Coat of arms
Riedern is located in Switzerland
Location of Riedern
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Riedern is located in Canton of Glarus
Riedern (Canton of Glarus)
Coordinates: 47°2′N 9°3′E / 47.033°N 9.050°E / 47.033; 9.050Coordinates: 47°2′N 9°3′E / 47.033°N 9.050°E / 47.033; 9.050
Country Switzerland
Canton Glarus
District n.a.
 • Total 1.51 km2 (0.58 sq mi)
Elevation 529 m (1,736 ft)
Population (December 2016)
 • Total 734
 • Density 490/km2 (1,300/sq mi)
Postal code 8750
SFOS number 1625
Surrounded by Glarus, Netstal
Website www.riedern.ch
SFSO statistics

Riedern is a former municipality in the canton of Glarus in Switzerland. Effective from 1 January 2011, Riedern is part of the municipality of Glarus.


Riedern is first mentioned in 1350 as Riedern.[1]


Riedern school house

Riedern has an area, as of 2006, of 1.5 km2 (0.58 sq mi). Of this area, 23.8% is used for agricultural purposes, while 53.6% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 13.2% is settled (buildings or roads) and the remainder (9.3%) is non-productive (rivers, glaciers or mountains).[2]

Riedern is at the entrance to the Klöntal and is north-west of Glarus.


Riedern had a population (as of 2010) of 734. As of 2007, 16.3% of the population was made up of foreign nationals.[3] Over the last 10 years the population has grown at a rate of 13.8%. Most of the population (as of 2000) speaks German (82.3%), with Italian being second most common ( 8.4%) and Turkish being third ( 4.5%).[2]

In the 2007 federal election the most popular party was the SPS which received 49% of the vote. Most of the rest of the votes went to the SVP with 39.6% of the vote.[2]

About 62.4% of the population (between age 25-64) have completed either non-mandatory upper secondary education or additional higher education (either University or a Fachhochschule).[2]

Riedern has an unemployment rate of 2.31%. As of 2005, there were 12 people employed in the primary economic sector and about 5 businesses involved in this sector. 41 people are employed in the secondary sector and there are 7 businesses in this sector. 35 people are employed in the tertiary sector, with 13 businesses in this sector.[2]

The historical population is given in the following table:[1]

year population
1777 102 Adult Males
1850 341
1900 556
1950 660
2000 622
2005 740


  1. ^ a b Riedern in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland.
  2. ^ a b c d e Swiss Federal Statistical Office Archived 2011-09-04 at the Wayback Machine. accessed 14-Sep-2009
  3. ^ Canton Glarus population growth Archived June 6, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. (in German) accessed 9 September 2009