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Blumenstein
Country Switzerland
Canton Bern
District Thun
Coordinates 46°44′N 7°31′E / 46.733°N 7.517°E / 46.733; 7.517Coordinates: 46°44′N 7°31′E / 46.733°N 7.517°E / 46.733; 7.517
Population 1,161 (December 2007)
  - Density 75 /km2 (194 /sq mi)
Area 15.52 km2 (5.99 sq mi)
Elevation 659 m (2,162 ft)
Postal code 3638
SFOS number 0922
Surrounded by Därstetten, Forst, Längenbühl, Pohlern, Rüeggisberg, Rüti bei Riggisberg, Uebeschi, Wattenwil
Website www.blumenstein.ch
SFSO statistics
Blumenstein is located in Switzerland
Blumenstein
Blumenstein

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

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History

Blumenstein is first mentioned in 1305 as Bluomenstein.[1]

Geography

Blumenstein from the air

Blumenstein has an area of 15.5 square kilometers (6.0 sq mi). Of this area, 49.6% is used for agricultural purposes, while 38% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 3.9% is settled (buildings or roads) and the remainder (8.5%) is non-productive (rivers, glaciers or mountains).[2]

The municipality is located in the Stockental and upper Gürbetal. It includes the village of Blumenstein and the hamlets of Wäsemli, Eschli, Gassen and Rüdeli (all part of Inner-Blumenstein), Lochmannsbühl, Reckenbühl, Bodenzingen and Tannenbühl (known as Outer-Blumenstein). During the 19th Century, Outer-Blumenstein was an independent municipality, known as Tannenbühl. In 1859 it became part of Blumenstein.

Demographics

Blumenstein has a population (as of 31 December 2008) of 1,163.[3] As of 2007, 2.2% of the population was made up of foreign nationals. Over the last 10 years the population has decreased at a rate of -6.1%. Most of the population (as of 2000) speaks German (97.1%), with Albanian being second most common ( 1.8%) and French being third ( 0.3%).

In the 2007 election the most popular party was the SVP which received 47.6% of the vote. The next three most popular parties were the SPS (14.2%), the local small left-wing parties (9.5%) and the FDP (8.2%).

The age distribution of the population (as of 2000) is children and teenagers (0–19 years old) make up 25.9% of the population, while adults (20–64 years old) make up 57% and seniors (over 64 years old) make up 17.1%. The entire Swiss population is generally well educated. In Blumenstein about 67.5% of the population (between age 25-64) have completed either non-mandatory upper secondary education or additional higher education (either University or a Fachhochschule).

Blumenstein has an unemployment rate of 1.46%. As of 2005, there were 78 people employed in the primary economic sector and about 28 businesses involved in this sector. 182 people are employed in the secondary sector and there are 17 businesses in this sector. 123 people are employed in the tertiary sector, with 29 businesses in this sector.[2] The historical population is given in the following table:[1]

year population
1764 443
1850 1,077
1900 814
1950 1,071
2000 1,192

References

External links

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