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Country Switzerland
Canton Bern
District Bern-Mittelland
Coordinates 46°55′N 7°40′E / 46.917°N 7.667°E / 46.917; 7.667Coordinates: 46°55′N 7°40′E / 46.917°N 7.667°E / 46.917; 7.667
Population 792 (December 2007)
  - Density 75 /km2 (195 /sq mi)
Area 10.54 km2 (4.07 sq mi)
Elevation 822 m (2,697 ft)
Postal code 3531
SFOS number 0620
Surrounded by Arni, Bowil, Grosshöchstetten, Lauperswil, Signau, Zäziwil
SFSO statistics
Oberthal is located in Switzerland

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



Oberthal is first mentioned in 1275 as mons Obertal.[1]


Oberthal has an area of 10.6 square kilometers (4.1 sq mi). Of this area, 63.4% is used for agricultural purposes, while 31.1% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 5.4% is settled (buildings or roads) and the remainder (0.1%) is non-productive (rivers, glaciers or mountains).[2]

The municipality lacks a central village, instead it is made up of scattered settlements and farm houses on the Blasenfluh above the Kiesental (Kiesen Valley).


Oberthal has a population (as of 2007) of 792, of which 1.9% are foreign nationals. Over the last 10 years the population has decreased at a rate of -5.8%. Most of the population (as of 2000) speaks German (99.4%), with French being second most common ( 0.3%) and English being third ( 0.3%).

In the 2007 election the most popular party was the SVP which received 63% of the vote. The next three most popular parties were the Green Party (8.3%), the FDP (7.6%) and the SPS (6.8%).

The age distribution of the population (as of 2000) is children and teenagers (0–19 years old) make up 26% of the population, while adults (20–64 years old) make up 59.3% and seniors (over 64 years old) make up 14.8%. The entire Swiss population is generally well educated. In Oberthal about 70.3% of the population (between age 25-64) have completed either non-mandatory upper secondary education or additional higher education (either University or a Fachhochschule).

Oberthal has an unemployment rate of 0.38%. As of 2005, there were 175 people employed in the primary economic sector and about 64 businesses involved in this sector. 78 people are employed in the secondary sector and there are 9 businesses in this sector. 98 people are employed in the tertiary sector, with 7 businesses in this sector.[2] The historical population is given in the following table:[1]

year population
1764 595
1850 1,089
1900 866
1950 880
2000 800

External links


  1. ^ a b Oberthal 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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