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Country Switzerland
Canton Bern
District Bern-Mittelland
Coordinates 46°54′N 7°39′E / 46.9°N 7.65°E / 46.9; 7.65Coordinates: 46°54′N 7°39′E / 46.9°N 7.65°E / 46.9; 7.65
Population 522 (December 2007)
  - Density 218 /km2 (563 /sq mi)
Area 2.4 km2 (0.93 sq mi)
Elevation 669 m (2,195 ft)
Postal code 3532
SFOS number 0615
Surrounded by Grosshöchstetten, Konolfingen, Niederhünigen, Oberhünigen, Zäziwil
SFSO statistics
Mirchel is located in Switzerland

Mirchel is a municipality in the Bern-Mittelland administrative district in the canton of Bern in Switzerland.



Mirchel is first mentioned in 1320 as Mirchlon.[1]


Mirchel has an area of 2.4 square kilometers (0.9 sq mi). Of this area, 79.2% is used for agricultural purposes, while 10.2% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 9.7% is settled (buildings or roads) and the remainder (0.8%) is non-productive (rivers, glaciers or mountains).[2]

It is located in the upper Kiesental (Kiesen Valley) and includes the village of Mirchel, the hamlet of Gmeis and scattered farm house clusters and isolated farm houses.


Mirchel has a population (as of 2007) of 522, of which 0.2% are foreign nationals. Over the last 10 years the population has grown at a rate of 8.5%. Most of the population (as of 2000) speaks German (99.2%), with English being second most common ( 0.4%) and French being third ( 0.2%).

In the 2007 election the most popular party was the SVP which received 61.2% of the vote. The next three most popular parties were the SPS (9.9%), the Green Party (8.7%) and the local small left-wing parties (7.6%).

The age distribution of the population (as of 2000) is children and teenagers (0–19 years old) make up 24.6% of the population, while adults (20–64 years old) make up 61.7% and seniors (over 64 years old) make up 13.6%. The entire Swiss population is generally well educated. In Mirchel about 78.1% of the population (between age 25-64) have completed either non-mandatory upper secondary education or additional higher education (either University or a Fachhochschule).

Mirchel has an unemployment rate of 0.78%. As of 2005, there were 59 people employed in the primary economic sector and about 23 businesses involved in this sector. 6 people are employed in the secondary sector and there are 4 businesses in this sector. 69 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 250
1850 421
1900 474
1950 447
2000 491

External links


  1. ^ a b Mirchel in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland.
  2. ^ a b Swiss Federal Statistical Office accessed 06-Jul-2009


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