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Skyline of Walchwil
Coat of arms of Walchwil
Coat of arms
Location of Walchwil
Walchwil is located in Switzerland
Walchwil is located in Canton of Zug
Coordinates: 47°6′N 8°31′E / 47.100°N 8.517°E / 47.100; 8.517Coordinates: 47°6′N 8°31′E / 47.100°N 8.517°E / 47.100; 8.517
 • MayorStefan Hermann CVP/PDC
 • Total15.9 km2 (6.1 sq mi)
(Railroad station)
449 m (1,473 ft)
Highest elevation1,250 m (4,100 ft)
Lowest elevation415 m (1,362 ft)
 • Total3,663
 • Density230/km2 (600/sq mi)
Postal code
SFOS number1710
Surrounded byArth (SZ), (Küssnacht (SZ), Merlischachen (LU)), Unterägeri, Zug
SFSO statistics

Walchwil is a village and a municipality in the canton of Zug in Switzerland.


Walchwil is first mentioned in 1283 as Walchwile.[3]


Oberdorf section of Walchwil

Walchwil has an area, as of 2006, of 13.5 km2 (5.2 sq mi). Of this area, 41.5% is used for agricultural purposes, while 45.5% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 8.2% is settled (buildings or roads) and the remainder (4.7%) is non-productive (rivers, glaciers or mountains).[4]

The municipality is located on the eastern shore of Lake Zug on the south side of Zugerberg (1,000 m (3,300 ft)). It consists of the villages of Walchwil and Oberdorf (also known as Emmeten).


Walchwil has a population (as of 31 December 2017) of 3,617.[5] As of 2007, 29.9% of the population was made up of foreign nationals. Over the last 10 years the population has grown at a rate of 7.6%. Most of the population (as of 2000) speaks German (82.4%), with English being second most common ( 6.1%) and French being third ( 1.8%).[4]

In the 2007 federal election the most popular party was the CVP which received 35.5% of the vote. The next three most popular parties were the SVP (30.1%), the FDP (16.6%) and the Green Party (10.1%).[4]

In Walchwil about 82% 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]

Walchwil has an unemployment rate of 1.29%. As of 2005, there were 161 people employed in the primary economic sector and about 46 businesses involved in this sector. 247 people are employed in the secondary sector and there are 29 businesses in this sector. 451 people are employed in the tertiary sector, with 137 businesses in this sector.[4]

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

year population
1771 671
1850 1,039
1900 1,059
1950 1,226
1970 1,675
1990 2,654


  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 Walchwil in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland.
  4. ^ a b c d e Swiss Federal Statistical Office accessed 22-Sep-2009
  5. ^ "STAT-TAB – Ständige und nichtständige Wohnbevölkerung nach institutionellen Gliederungen, Geburtsort und Staatsangehörigkeit" (online database) (official site) (in German and French). Neuchâtel, Switzerland: Federal Statistical Office - FSO. Retrieved 17 September 2018.

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