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Wädenswil
Country Switzerland Coat of Arms of Wädenswil
Canton Zurich
District Horgen
47°14′N 8°40′E / 47.233°N 8.667°E / 47.233; 8.667Coordinates: 47°14′N 8°40′E / 47.233°N 8.667°E / 47.233; 8.667
Population 19,489 (December 2007)
  - Density 1,122 /km2 (2,906 /sq mi)
Area 17.37 km2 (6.71 sq mi)
Elevation 407 m (1,335 ft)
Postal code 8820
SFOS number 0142
Surrounded by Au, Zurich, Hirzel, Horgen, Männedorf, Meilen, Richterswil, Schönenberg, Stäfa, Uetikon am See
Website www.waedenswil.ch
SFSO statistics
Wädenswil is located in Switzerland
Wädenswil
Wädenswil

Wädenswil is a municipality in the district of Horgen in the canton of Zürich in Switzerland. The population (as of 2007) was about 19,500.[1]

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Geography

Wädenswil as seen from Lake Zürich (June 2009)
Wädenswil and Lake Zurich (1794)

Wädenswil has an area of 17.4 square kilometers (6.7 sq mi). Of this area, 59.3% is used for agricultural purposes, while 9.6% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 29.8% is settled (buildings or roads) and the remainder (1.3%) is non-productive (rivers, glaciers or mountains).[2] In 1996 housing and buildings made up 20.8% of the total area, while transportation infrastructure made up the rest (9%).[3] Of the total unproductive area, water (streams and lakes) made up 0.4% of the area. As of 2007 24.5% of the total municipal area was undergoing some type of construction.[3]

Demographics

Wädenswil has a population (as of 2007) of 19,489, of which 20.5% are foreign nationals. As of 2008 the gender distribution of the population was 48.6% male and 51.4% female. Over the last 10 years the population has grown at a rate of 2.1%. Most of the population (as of 2000) speaks German (85.0%), with Italian being second most common ( 3.9%) and Serbo-Croatian being third ( 1.9%).

In the 2007 election the most popular party was the SVP which received 35.2% of the vote. The next three most popular parties were the SPS (17.6%), the FDP (13%) and the CSP (11.3%).

The age distribution of the population (as of 2000) is children and teenagers (0–19 years old) make up 22% of the population, while adults (20–64 years old) make up 64.2% and seniors (over 64 years old) make up 13.9%. The entire Swiss population is generally well educated. In Wädenswil about 76.7% of the population (between age 25-64) have completed either non-mandatory upper secondary education or additional higher education (either University or a Fachhochschule). There are 8796 households in Wädenswil.[3]

Wädenswil has an unemployment rate of 2.94%. As of 2005, there were 268 people employed in the primary economic sector and about 84 businesses involved in this sector. 2020 people are employed in the secondary sector and there are 195 businesses in this sector. 5169 people are employed in the tertiary sector, with 725 businesses in this sector.[2] As of 2007 44.8% of the working population were employed full-time, and 55.2% were employed part-time.[3]

As of 2008 there were 6128 Catholics and 7507 Protestants in Wädenswil. In the 2000 census, religion was broken down into several smaller categories. From the census, 43.5% were some type of Protestant, with 40.5% belonging to the Swiss Reformed Church and 3% belonging to other Protestant churches. 32.2% of the population were Catholic. Of the rest of the population, 5% were Muslim, 7.5% belonged to another religion (not listed), 4% did not give a religion, and 11.9% were atheist or agnostic.[3]

Transportation

Motor ship Glärnisch serving as Restaurant at Wädenswil harbour

Wädenswil is a stop of the Zürich S-Bahn on the lines S2, S8 and S13 on the SBB-CFF-FFS InterRegio. Its train station is a 29 minute (S8) ride from Zürich Hauptbahnhof. The Zimmerberg bus line (Zimmerbergbus), provided by the Sihltal Zürich Uetliberg Bahn (SZU), connects the Zimmerberg region and parts of the Sihl valley.

Wädenswil is a stop of the Zürichsee-Schifffahrtsgesellschaft.

Weather

Wädenswil has an average of 141.6 days of rain per year and on average receives 1,353 mm (53.3 in) of precipitation. The wettest month is August during which time Wädenswil receives an average of 157 mm (6.2 in) of precipitation. During the wettest month, August, there is precipitation for an average of 13.3 days. The month with the most percipitation days is May, with an average of 13.7 days.[4]

Weather data for Wädenswil
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 1.7
(35)
4
(39)
8.1
(47)
12.6
(55)
17.5
(64)
20.6
(69)
23
(73)
22
(72)
18.8
(66)
13.2
(56)
6.8
(44)
3
(37)
12.6
(55)
Daily mean °C (°F) -0.4
(31)
1
(34)
4.2
(40)
8.1
(47)
12.4
(54)
15.7
(60)
18
(64)
17
(63)
14.2
(58)
9.5
(49)
4.3
(40)
0.7
(33)
8.7
(48)
Average low °C (°F) -3.2
(26)
-2.1
(28)
0.4
(33)
3.7
(39)
7.7
(46)
11
(52)
13.1
(56)
12.6
(55)
10
(50)
6.1
(43)
1.5
(35)
-1.9
(29)
4.9
(41)
Precipitation mm (inches) 91
(3.58)
85
(3.35)
93
(3.66)
108
(4.25)
129
(5.08)
151
(5.94)
148
(5.83)
157
(6.18)
108
(4.25)
86
(3.39)
101
(3.98)
97
(3.82)
1,353
(53.27)
Avg. precipitation days 11.7 11 12.4 12.6 13.7 13.5 12.5 13.3 9.4 8.9 11.1 11.5 141.6
Source: MeteoSchweiz [4] 8 May 2009

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References

  1. ^ Bundesamt fur Statistik (Federal Department of Statistics) (2008). "Bilanz der ständigen Wohnbevölkerung (Total) nach Bezirken und Gemeinden". http://www.bfs.admin.ch/bfs/portal/de/index/themen/01/02/blank/key/raeumliche_verteilung/kantone__gemeinden.html. Retrieved November 5, 2008.  
  2. ^ a b Swiss Federal Statistical Office accessed 10-Aug-2009
  3. ^ a b c d e Statistics Zurich (German) accessed 4 August 2009
  4. ^ a b "Temperature and Precipitation Average Values-Table, 1961-1990" (in German, French, Italian). Federal Office of Meteorology and Climatology - MeteoSwiss. http://www.meteoswiss.admin.ch/web/de/klima/klima_schweiz/tabellen.html. Retrieved 8 May 2009.  , the weather station elevation is 485 meters above sea level.
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