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Amsoldingen - Amsoldingen beneath the Stockhorn.
Amsoldingen beneath the Stockhorn.
Country Switzerland Coat of Arms of Amsoldingen
Canton Bern
District Thun administrative district
46°44′N 7°35′E / 46.733°N 7.583°E / 46.733; 7.583Coordinates: 46°44′N 7°35′E / 46.733°N 7.583°E / 46.733; 7.583
Population 804 (December 2007)
  - Density 171 /km2 (443 /sq mi)
Area 4.7 km2 (1.8 sq mi)
Elevation 637 m (2,090 ft)
Postal code 3633
SFOS number 0921
Surrounded by
(view map)
Höfen, Thierachern, Thun, Uebeschi, Zwieselberg
SFSO statistics
Amsoldingen [zoom] is located in Switzerland
Amsoldingen [zoom]

Amsoldingen is a municipality in the Thun administrative district in the canton of Bern in Switzerland.



Amsoldingen is first mentioned in 1175 as Ansoltingen.[1]


Amsoldingen has an area of 4.7 square kilometers (1.8 sq mi). Of this area, 62.3% is used for agricultural purposes, while 22% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 7% is settled (buildings or roads) and the remainder (8.7%) is non-productive (rivers, glaciers or mountains).[2]

The village is located approximately 5 kilometers from the city of Thun. The municipality includes the village of Amsoldingen on the Amsoldingersee and scattered farm houses and hamlets. The parish, however, also includes the municipalities of Höfen, Längenbühl and Zwieselberg.


Amsoldingen has a population (as of 31 December 2008) of 801.[3] As of 2007, 2.4% of the population was made up of foreign nationals. Over the last 10 years the population has grown at a rate of 1.1%. Most of the population (as of 2000) speaks German (96.6%), with French being second most common ( 0.7%) and Albanian being third ( 0.7%).

In the 2007 election the most popular party was the SVP which received 49.1% of the vote. The next three most popular parties were the SPS (16.4%), the Green Party (9.2%) and the FDP (7.5%).

The age distribution of the population (as of 2000) is children and teenagers (0–19 years old) make up 26.6% of the population, while adults (20–64 years old) make up 58% and seniors (over 64 years old) make up 15.4%. The entire Swiss population is generally well educated. In Amsoldingen about 83.1% of the population (between age 25-64) have completed either non-mandatory upper secondary education or additional higher education (either University or a Fachhochschule).

Amsoldingen has an unemployment rate of 1.41%. As of 2005, there were 45 people employed in the primary economic sector and about 18 businesses involved in this sector. 31 people are employed in the secondary sector and there are 14 businesses in this sector. 67 people are employed in the tertiary sector, with 14 businesses in this sector.[2] The historical population is given in the following table:[1]

year population
1764 328
1850 658
1910 497
1980 569
1990 709


The community is known for the Amsoldingen Church (in German: Kirche Amsoldingen), the largest Ottonian basilica in the country. Together with the refectory, sexton's house and castle, it is a heritage site of national significance.[4]

Two lakes, Amsoldingersee and Uebeschisee, are located adjacent to the municipality.




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Coordinates: 46°44′N 7°35′E

Country Switzerland
Canton Berne
District Thun

Coordinates46°44′N 7°35′E
Population 806   (January 2005)
Area 4.7 km² (1.81 sq mi)

Elevation637 m (2,090 ft)
Postal code 3633

SFOS number0921
Surrounded byHöfen, Thierachern, Thun, Uebeschi, Zwieselberg


Amsoldingen is a municipality of the district Thun in the canton of Bern in Switzerland.


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