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Former municipality of Switzerland
Stierva Dorf.jpg
Coat of arms of Stierva
Coat of arms
Stierva is located in Switzerland
Stierva is located in Canton of Graubünden
Coordinates: 46°39′N 9°32′E / 46.650°N 9.533°E / 46.650; 9.533Coordinates: 46°39′N 9°32′E / 46.650°N 9.533°E / 46.650; 9.533
Country Switzerland
Canton Graubünden
District Albula
 • Total 10.54 km2 (4.07 sq mi)
Elevation 1,375 m (4,511 ft)
Population (Dec 2013)
 • Total 134
 • Density 13/km2 (33/sq mi)
Postal code 7459
SFOS number 3504
Surrounded by Alvaschein, Mon, Mutten, Salouf, Tiefencastel, Vaz/Obervaz, Zillis-Reischen
SFSO statistics

Stierva is a former municipality in the district of Albula in the canton of Graubünden in Switzerland. On 1 January 2015 the former municipalities of Alvaschein, Mon, Stierva, Tiefencastel, Alvaneu, Brienz/Brinzauls and Surava merged to form the new municipality of Albula/Alvra.[1]

In the 2000 census, some two-thirds of the population declared Romansh as a first language, with most of the rest speaking German.


Stierva is first mentioned in 841 Seturiuo.[2] Until 1943 Stierva was known as Stürvis.[1]


Stierva as seen from Tiefencastel

Before the merger, Stierva had a total area of 10.5 km2 (4.1 sq mi).[3] Of this area, 49.3% is used for agricultural purposes, while 42.1% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 1.8% is settled (buildings or roads) and the remainder (6.7%) is non-productive (rivers, glaciers or mountains).[3]

The municipality is located in the Alvaschein sub-district of the Albula district. It is a haufendorf (an irregular, unplanned and quite closely packed village, built around a central square) above the lower Albula valley.


Stierva had a population (as of 2013) of 134.[3] As of 2008, 1.5% of the population was made up of foreign nationals. Over the last 10 years the population has decreased at a rate of -5.8%. Most of the population (as of 2000) speaks Rhaeto-Romance (66.4%), with German being second most common (32.8%) and Italian being third ( 0.8%).[3]

As of 2000, the gender distribution of the population was 46.6% male and 53.4% female.[4] The age distribution, as of 2000, in Stierva is; 20 people or 15.6% of the population are between 0 and 9 years old. 6 people or 4.7% are 10 to 14, and people or 0.0% are 15 to 19. Of the adult population, 17 people or 13.3% of the population are between 20 and 29 years old. 21 people or 16.4% are 30 to 39, 15 people or 11.7% are 40 to 49, and 12 people or 9.4% are 50 to 59. The senior population distribution is 13 people or 10.2% of the population are between 60 and 69 years old, 16 people or 12.5% are 70 to 79, there are 7 people or 5.5% who are 80 to 89, and there is 1 person or 0.8% who are 90 to 99.[5]

In the 2007 federal election the most popular party was the CVP which received 45.2% of the vote. The next three most popular parties were the SVP (40.6%), the SPS (7.8%) and the FDP (5.9%).[3]

In Stierva about 66.7% of the population (between age 25-64) have completed either non-mandatory upper secondary education or additional higher education (either university or a Fachhochschule).[3]

Stierva has an unemployment rate of 0%. As of 2005, there were 21 people employed in the primary economic sector and about 11 businesses involved in this sector. 6 people are employed in the secondary sector and there are 2 businesses in this sector. 7 people are employed in the tertiary sector, with 4 businesses in this sector.[3]

The historical population is given in the following table:[2][4]

year population
1850 179
1900 150
1950 150
1960 130
1970 114
1980 113
1990 100
2000 137
2010 140


  1. ^ a b Amtliches Gemeindeverzeichnis der Schweiz published by the Swiss Federal Statistical Office (German) accessed 2 January 2013 Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "Fusion" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  2. ^ a b Stierva in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Swiss Federal Statistical Office accessed 15 January 2015 Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "SFSO" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  4. ^ a b Graubunden in Numbers Archived September 24, 2009, at the Wayback Machine. (German) accessed 21 September 2009
  5. ^ Graubunden Population Statistics Archived August 27, 2009, at the Wayback Machine. (German) accessed 21 September 2009

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