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Coat of arms of Wolfhalden
Coat of arms
Location of Wolfhalden
Wolfhalden is located in Switzerland
Wolfhalden is located in Canton of Appenzell Ausserrhoden
Coordinates: 47°27′N 9°33′E / 47.450°N 9.550°E / 47.450; 9.550Coordinates: 47°27′N 9°33′E / 47.450°N 9.550°E / 47.450; 9.550
CantonAppenzell Ausserrhoden
 • Total6.93 km2 (2.68 sq mi)
716 m (2,349 ft)
(Dec 2017[2])
 • Total1,836
 • Density260/km2 (690/sq mi)
Postal code
SFOS number3038
Surrounded byHeiden, Lutzenberg, Oberegg (AI), Thal (SG), Walzenhausen
SFSO statistics

Wolfhalden is a municipality in the canton of Appenzell Ausserrhoden in Switzerland.


Around 1650 Heiden and Wolfhalden could not agree about the control over the church. This led to the creation of a church in each village in 1652, making them independent.


Wolfhalden has an area, as of 2006, of 7 km2 (2.7 sq mi). Of this area, 58% is used for agricultural purposes, while 30.5% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 11.4% is settled (buildings or roads) and the remainder (0.1%) is non-productive (rivers, glaciers or mountains).[3]


Wolfhalden has a population (as of 2008) of 1,719, of which about 11.3% are foreign nationals.[4] Over the last 10 years the population has decreased at a rate of -4.3%. Most of the population (as of 2000) speaks German (94.4%), with Serbo-Croatian being second most common ( 1.0%) and Italian being third ( 0.9%).[3]

As of 2000, the gender distribution of the population was 51.2% male and 48.8% female.[5] The age distribution, as of 2000, in Wolfhalden is; 138 people or 8.2% of the population are between 0–6 years old. 197 people or 11.7% are 6-15, and 90 people or 5.3% are 16-19. Of the adult population, 70 people or 4.1% of the population are between 20–24 years old. 483 people or 28.6% are 25-44, and 428 people or 25.3% are 45-64. The senior population distribution is 211 people or 12.5% of the population are between 65–79 years old, and 72 people or 4.3% are over 80.[5]

In the 2007 federal election the FDP received 65.1% of the vote.[3]

In Wolfhalden about 74.6% 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]

Wolfhalden has an unemployment rate of 1.8%. As of 2005, there were 65 people employed in the primary economic sector and about 29 businesses involved in this sector. 372 people are employed in the secondary sector and there are 26 businesses in this sector. 175 people are employed in the tertiary sector, with 54 businesses in this sector.[3]

The historical population is given in the following table:[5]

Historical population
1980 1,632—    
1990 1,713+5.0%
2000 1,717+0.2%
2005 1,713−0.2%
2007 1,708−0.3%

Heritage sites of national significance[edit]

The Alte Mühle Wolfhalden (The Old Mill at Wolfhalden) is listed as a heritage site of national significance.[6]


  1. ^ Arealstatistik Standard - Gemeindedaten nach 4 Hauptbereichen
  2. ^ Swiss Federal Statistical Office - STAT-TAB, online database – Ständige und nichtständige Wohnbevölkerung nach institutionellen Gliederungen, Geburtsort und Staatsangehörigkeit (in German) accessed 17 September 2018
  3. ^ a b c d e Swiss Federal Statistical Office accessed 17-Sep-2009
  4. ^ Brief Statistics for the half-canton (in German) accessed 15 September 2009
  5. ^ a b c Appenzell Outer Rhodes website (in German) accessed 15 September 2009
  6. ^ Swiss inventory of cultural property of national and regional significance 21.11.2008 version, (in German) accessed 17-Sep-2009

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