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Rüeggisberg -
Country Switzerland Coat of Arms of Rüeggisberg
Canton Bern
District Bern-Mittelland
46°49′N 7°26′E / 46.817, 7.433Coordinates: 46°49′N 7°26′E / 46.817, 7.433
Population 1,862 (Dec 2010)[1]
- Density 52 /km2 (135 /sq mi)
Area  35.76 km2 (13.81 sq mi)[2]
Elevation 930 m (3,051 ft)
Postal code 3088
SFOS number 0880
Localities Rüeggisberg (Mättiwil, Tromwil); Bütschel (Oberbütschel, Niederbütschel, Gschneit, Bungerten); Fultigen (Hinterfultigen, Vorderfultigen); Helgisried-Rohrbach (Helgisried, Rohrbach, Wiler, Schwanden, Brügglen, Schwand)
Surrounded by Blumenstein, Därstetten, Kaufdorf, Niedermuhlern, Oberbalm, Riggisberg, Rümligen, Rüschegg, Rüti bei Riggisberg, Toffen, Wahlern
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Rüeggisberg is located in Switzerland


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

Geography[edit | edit source]

Rüeggisberg has an area of 35.7 km2 (13.8 sq mi). Of this area, 64.8% is used for agricultural purposes, while 29.2% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 4.3% is settled (buildings or roads) and the remainder (1.7%) is non-productive (rivers, glaciers or mountains).[3]

Demographics[edit | edit source]

Rüeggisberg has a population (as of 31 December 2010) of 1,862.[1] as of 2007, 3.4% of the population was made up of foreign nationals. Over the last 10 years the population has decreased at a rate of -7.3%. Most of the population (as of 2000) speaks German (97.6%), with Albanian being second most common ( 0.6%) and French being third ( 0.4%).

In the 2007 election the most popular party was the SVP which received 58.8% of the vote. The next three most popular parties were the SPS (9.7%), the Green Party (7.6%) and the FDP (7.3%).

The age distribution of the population (as of 2000) is children and teenagers (0–19 years old) make up 26.3% of the population, while adults (20–64 years old) make up 57% and seniors (over 64 years old) make up 16.7%. In Rüeggisberg about 67.6% of the population (between age 25-64) have completed either non-mandatory upper secondary education or additional higher education (either university or a Fachhochschule).

Rüeggisberg has an unemployment rate of 1.11%. As of 2005, there were 388 people employed in the primary economic sector and about 153 businesses involved in this sector. 110 people are employed in the secondary sector and there are 24 businesses in this sector. 244 people are employed in the tertiary sector, with 45 businesses in this sector.[3]

Sights[edit | edit source]

Ruins of Rüeggisberg Priory

  • Rüeggisberg Priory - The original foundation of uncertain date, made by Lütold of Rümligen, was turned into the first Cluniac house in the German-speaking world by Cuno of Siegburg and Ulrich of Zell in about 1072, when the first cells were built. Construction of the Romanesque church lasted from about 1100 to about 1185, of which there still remain the north transept and parts of the crossing tower. The priory was one of the most important monastic houses of Switzerland during the Middle Ages, but in the late medieval period decline set in, and in 1484 it was incorporated into the newly-built college of the Augustinian Canons of Bern Minster. The church was shut down in 1541 during the Reformation. The monastic buildings thereafter served as a source of building stone and partly as a barn.[4]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ a b Swiss Federal Statistical Office - STAT-TAB, online database – Datenwürfel für Thema 01.2 - Bevölkerungsstand und -bewegung (German) accessed 29 September
  2. ^ Arealstatistik Standard - Gemeindedaten nach 4 Hauptbereichen
  3. ^ a b Swiss Federal Statistical Office accessed 14-Jul-2009
  4. ^ Flüeler (1982). Kulturführer Schweiz. Zurich, CH: Ex Libris Verlag AG. pp. 307. 
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