Sool, Switzerland

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Village (and former municipality)
Skyline of Sool
Coat of arms of Sool
Coat of arms
The former municipal area (2007)
The former municipal area (2007)
Coordinates: 47°0′N 9°5′E / 47.000°N 9.083°E / 47.000; 9.083Coordinates: 47°0′N 9°5′E / 47.000°N 9.083°E / 47.000; 9.083
Country Switzerland
Canton Glarus
Municipality Glarus Süd
 • Total 13.26 km2 (5.12 sq mi)
Elevation 637 m (2,090 ft)
Population (December 2014)
 • Total 296
 • Density 22/km2 (58/sq mi)

Sool is a village, and former municipality, in the municipality of Glarus Süd and canton of Glarus in Switzerland.[1][2]


Sool is first mentioned between 1303-07 as soler tagwan.[2]

On 1 January 2011, Sool became part of the new municipality of Glarus Süd.[3]


The village of Sool is situated at an elevation of 637 m (2,090 ft) on a prehistoric landslide, between the valleys of the Linth and Sernf rivers. The village of Schwanden lies below it, at the confluence of both rivers.[1][2]

Sool has an area, as defined by the former municipal boundaries in 2006, of 13.3 km2 (5.1 sq mi), covering a considerable area to the north and east of the village. This area reaches up to the peak of the Gufelstock (2,436 m or 7,992 ft). Of this area, 23.6% is used for agricultural purposes, while 42% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 1.2% is settled (buildings or roads) and the remainder (33.2%) is non-productive (rivers, glaciers or mountains).[1][4]


The Sernftalbus operates an bus service linking Sool with Schwanden railway station, with several return journeys a day. At Schwanden railway station, a connecting railway service runs to the capital of the canton of Glarus, the town of Glarus.[5]


Sool has a population (as of 31 December 2014) of 296.[6] As of 2007, 3.5% of the population was made up of foreign nationals.[7] Over the last 10 years the population has grown at a rate of 2.1%. Most of the population (as of 2000) speaks German (98.0%), with Russian being second most common ( 1.0%) and Rhaeto-Romance being third ( 0.3%).[4]

In the 2007 federal election the most popular party was the SPS which received 80% of the vote. Most of the rest of the votes went to the SVP with 14.4% of the vote.[4]

The entire Swiss population is generally well educated. In Sool about 72.9% of the population (between age 25-64) have completed either non-mandatory upper secondary education or additional higher education (either University or a Fachhochschule).[4]

Sool has an unemployment rate of 1.5%. As of 2005, there were 15 people employed in the primary economic sector and about 9 businesses involved in this sector. 8 people are employed in the secondary sector and there are 2 businesses in this sector. 10 people are employed in the tertiary sector, with 4 businesses in this sector.[4]


  1. ^ a b c (Map). Swiss Confederation. Retrieved 1 June 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c "Sool". Historical Dictionary of Switzerland (in French). 30 July 2014. Retrieved 2 June 2015. 
  3. ^ "Gemeinde Glarus Süd" [Glarus Süd Municipality] (in German). Gemeinde Glarus Süd. Retrieved 29 May 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Swiss Federal Statistical Office accessed 14-Sep-2009
  5. ^ "Sernftalbus - Fahrplan 2015" [Sernftalbus - Timetable 2015] (PDF) (in German). Autobetrieb Sernftal AG. Retrieved 2015-04-20. 
  6. ^ Swiss Federal Statistics Office – STAT-TAB Ständige und Nichtständige Wohnbevölkerung nach Region, Geschlecht, Nationalität und Alter (German) accessed 31 August 2015
  7. ^ Canton Glarus population growth (German) accessed 9 September 2009

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