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List of cities in Switzerland

Below is a list of towns and cities in Switzerland. Until 2014 municipalities with more than 10,000 inhabitants were considered to be towns (German: Stadt/Städte, French: ville(s), Italian: città). Since 2014, the Federal Statistical Office (FSO) uses a new algorithm (called German: Statistische Städte 2012, or French: Villes statistiques 2012) to define whether a municipality can be called a town or not; it newly also depends on its character.[1] Currently, FSO considers 162 municipalities as towns (German: Statistische Städte, French: Villes statistiques) in Switzerland. Further, some municipalities, which would fulfill such a definition, nevertheless prefer to understand themselves still as a village, or consequently refer to themselves just as municipalities (German: Gemeinde, French: commune, Italian: comune).

See Municipalities of Switzerland for a table of the largest and smallest.[2]:14–19

Population of towns with more than 10,000 inhabitants (2010)

Largest towns in Switzerland:

  1. Zürich
  2. Geneva
  3. Basel
  4. Lausanne
  5. Bern
  6. Winterthur
  7. Lucerne
  8. St. Gallen
  9. Lugano
  10. Biel/Bienne
  11. Thun
  12. Köniz (statistically only the whole municipality, but not the village)
  13. La Chaux-de-Fonds
  14. Fribourg
  15. Schaffhausen
  16. Vernier
  17. Chur
  18. Sion
  19. Uster
  20. Neuchâtel

Contents

List of townsEdit

This is an alphabetical list of towns, which follows FSO's definition (German: Statistische Städte 2012, French: Villes statistiques 2012), and places with historic town rights (h) and/or market towns (m).[2]:14–19

  • Places in bold print are towns because of FSO's definition and historic town/market rights.
  • Places in italics are towns excluded by FSO's definition, but places with, either, historic town rights (h), or, which were places with historic market rights (m).
  • Places in normal print are towns according to the FSO's definition.
  • Places that had lost historic town rights previously are identified with "-h".
  • Cantonal capitals (German: Hauptort, French: chef-lieu, Italian: capoluogo) are underlined.
Town Town (h) or
market (m)
right,
founded & reference
District Canton Population Agglomeration[3]
Town proper(2017) [4] total Agglo (2015)[5]
Aarau h 1240-1250[6] Aarau AG 21,268 76,636 Aarau
Aarberg h 1220-1225[7] Aarberg BE 4,581 -
Aarburg h ~1330[8] Zofingen AG 8,068 98,535 Olten–Zofingen
Adliswil - Horgen ZH 18,803 1,334,269 Zurich
Aesch (BL)[note 1] - Arlesheim BL 10,309 541,011 Basel (CH)
Affoltern am Albis[note 2] - Affoltern ZH 12,146 1,334,269 Zurich
Agno[note 2] m Roman & Middle Age[9] Lugano TI 4,480 151,037 Lugano (CH)
Aigle m 1231[10] Aigle VD 10,131 -
Allschwil[note 2] - Arlesheim BL 21,190 541,011 Basel (CH)
Altdorf (UR)[note 2] m n.d., c. Late Middle Age[11] - UR 9,273 -
Altstätten m[12] Rheintal SG 11,549 56,777 Rheintal (CH)
Amriswil - Bischofszell TG 13,462 25,271 Amriswil–Romanshorn
Appenzell[note 1] m[citation needed] Appenzell AI 5,809 -
Arbon h[13] first half 13th c. Arbon TG 14,537 53,689 Arbon–Rorschach
Arlesheim[note 2] - Arlesheim BL 9,165 541,011 Basel (CH)
Arosa[note 2] - Plessur GR 3,185 -
Arth[note 1] - Schwyz SZ 11,877 -
Ascona h[citation needed] Locarno TI 5,534 55,528 Locarno (CH)
Aubonne h[citation needed] Aubonne VD 3,263 409,295 Lausanne
Avenches h[citation needed] Avenches VD 4,208 -
Baar - - ZG 24,322 127,095 Zug
Baden h[citation needed] Baden AG 19,175 109,255 Baden–Brugg
Basel h[citation needed] - BS 177,275 541,011 Basel (CH)
Bassersdorf - Bülach ZH 11,655 1,334,269 Zurich
Bellinzona h[citation needed] Bellinzona TI 43,181 52,061 Bellinzona
Belp - Bern-Mittelland BE 11,439 410,894 Bern
Bern h[citation needed] Bern-Mittelland BE 133,798 410,894 Bern
Beromünster m[citation needed] Sursee LU 6,478 -
Biasca m[citation needed] Riviera TI 6,126 -
Biel/Bienne h[citation needed] Biel/Bienne BE 54,640 104,542 Biel/Bienne
Binningen - Arlesheim BL 15,666 541,011 Basel (CH)
Birsfelden - Arlesheim BL 10,442 541,011 Basel (CH)
Bischofszell h[citation needed] Bischofszell TG 6,009 -
Boudry h[citation needed] Boudry NE 6,124 89,441 Neuchâtel
Bourg-Saint-Pierre h[citation needed] Entremont VS 181 -
Bremgarten (AG) h[citation needed] Bremgarten AG 7,765 1,334,269 Zurich
Brig-Glis m[citation needed] Brig VS 13,109 47,041 Brig–Visp
Brugg h[citation needed] Brugg AG 11,129 109,255 Baden–Brugg
Buchs (SG) - Werdenberg SG 12,612 27,467 Buchs (SG) (CH)
Bülach h[citation needed] Bülach ZH 19,888 1,334,269 Zurich
Büren a.A. h[citation needed] Seeland BE 3,610 -
Bulle h[citation needed] Gruyère FR 22,709 31,703 Bulle
Burgdorf h[citation needed] Burgdorf BE 16,280 -
Bussigny - Ouest Lausannois VD 8,645 409,295 Lausanne
Carouge (GE) - - GE 22,336 579,227 Genève (CH)
Cham - - ZG 16,571 127,095 Zug
Châtel-Saint-Denis h[citation needed] Veveyse FR 6,723 84,869 Vevey–Montreux
Chêne-Bougeries - - GE 11,862 579,227 Genève (CH)
Chiasso h[citation needed] - TI 8,182 51,668 Chiasso–Mendrisio (CH)
Chur h[citation needed] Plessur GR 35,038 58,266 Chur
Conthey h[citation needed] Conthey VS 8,691 84,138 Sion
Coppet h[citation needed] Nyon VD 3,152 579,227 Genève (CH)
Cossonay h[citation needed] Cossonay VD 3,813 409,295 Lausanne
Croglio h[citation needed] Lugano TI 854 151,037 Lugano (CH)
Crissier - Ouest Lausannois VD 8,037 409,295 Lausanne
Cudrefin h[citation needed] Avenches VD 1,589 -
Cully h[citation needed] Lavaux VD 1,700? 409,295 Lausanne
Davos* - Prättigau/Davos GR 10,937 -
Delémont h[citation needed] Delémont JU 12,625 29,527 Delémont (CH)
Diessenhofen h[citation needed] Diessenhofen TG 3,897 -
Dietikon - Dietikon ZH 27,079 1,334,269 Zurich
Dübendorf - Uster ZH 28,141 1,334,269 Zurich
Ebikon - Lucerne LU 13,531 226,091 Lucerne
Échallens h[citation needed] Échallens VD 5,732 409,295 Lausanne
Ecublens (VD) - Ouest Lausannois VD 12,488 409,295 Lausanne
Eglisau h[citation needed] Bülach ZH 5,188 1,334,269 Zurich
Einsiedeln - Einsiedeln SZ 15,550 -
Elgg h[citation needed] Winterthur ZH 4,425 -
Emmen - Hochdorf LU 30,682 226,091 Lucerne
Erlach h[citation needed] Erlach BE 1,427 -
Estavayer-le-Lac h[citation needed] Broye FR 6,208 -
Flawil - Wil SG 10,551 73,299 Wil
Frauenfeld h[citation needed] Frauenfeld TG 25,442 24,864 Frauenfeld
Freienbach - Höfe SZ 16,269 1,334,269 Zurich
Fribourg h[citation needed] Sarine FR 38,521 105,406 Fribourg
Geneva h[citation needed] - GE 200,548 579,227 Genève (CH)
Gland - Nyon VD 13,078 579,227 Genève (CH)
Glarus m[citation needed] - GL 12,521 30,367 Glarus
Glarus Nord* - - GL 18,247 30,367 Glarus
Gordola h[citation needed] Locarno TI 4,673 55,528 Locarno (CH)
Gossau (SG) - St. Gallen SG 18,171 165,860 St. Gallen
Grandcour h[citation needed] Payerne VD 888 -
Grandson h[citation needed] Grandson VD 3,280 41,079 Yverdon-les-Bains
Greifensee h[citation needed] Uster ZH 5,354 1,334,269 Zurich
Grenchen - Lebern SO 17,140 26,570 Grenchen
Grüningen - Hinwil ZH 3,382 1,334,269 Zurich
Gruyères - Gruyère FR 2,203 -
Herisau - - AR 15,780 165,860 St. Gallen
Hermance h[citation needed] - GE 1,036 579,227 Genève (CH)
Hinwil - Hinwil ZH 11,199 1,334,269 Zurich
Horgen - Horgen ZH 20,335 1,334,269 Zurich
Horw - Lucerne LU 13,915 226,091 Lucerne
Huttwil h[citation needed] Trachselwald BE 4,836 -
Ilanz h[citation needed] Surselva GR 4,704 -
Illnau-Effretikon - Pfäffikon ZH 16,298 1,334,269 Zurich
Interlaken - Interlaken-Oberhasli BE 5,592 23,943 Interlaken
Ittigen - Bern-Mittelland BE 11,335 410,894 Bern
Kaiserstuhl (AG) h[citation needed] Zurzach AG 423 1,334,269 Zurich
Klingnau h[citation needed] Zurzach AG 3,472 -
Kloten h[citation needed] Bülach ZH 19,408 1,334,269 Zurich
Köniz[note 2] - Bern-Mittelland BE 41,507 410,894 Bern
Kreuzlingen - Kreuzlingen TG 21,801 23,713 Kreuzlingen (CH)
Kriens - Lucerne LU 26,997 226,091 Lucerne
Küsnacht (ZH) - Meilen ZH 14,307 1,334,269 Zurich
La Chaux-de-Fonds h[citation needed] La Chaux-de-Fonds NE 38,625 53,002 La Chaux-de-Fonds–Le Locle (CH)
La Neuveville h[citation needed] La Neuveville BE 3,698 -
La Sarraz h[citation needed] Cossonay VD 2,596 -
La Tour-de-Peilz h[citation needed] Vevey VD 11,752 84,869 Vevey–Montreux
La Tour-de-Trême h[citation needed] Gruyère FR 22,709 31,703 Bulle
Lachen (SZ) m[citation needed] March SZ 8,617 29,124 Lachen
Lancy - - GE 31,942 579,227 Genève (CH)
Langenthal m[citation needed] Oberaargau BE 15,639 -
Laufen (BL) h[citation needed] Laufen BL 5,636 541,011 Basel (CH)
Laufenburg h[citation needed] Laufenburg AG 3,626 -
Laupen h[citation needed] Bern-Mittelland BE 3,093 410,894 Bern
Lausanne h[citation needed] Lausanne VD 138,905 409,295 Lausanne
Le Grand-Saconnex - - GE 12,131 579,227 Genève (CH)
Le Landeron h[citation needed] Neuchâtel NE 4,647 -
Le Locle - Le Locle NE 10,389 53,002 La Chaux-de-Fonds–Le Locle (CH)
Lenzburg h[citation needed] Lenzburg AG 10,173 22,188 Lenzburg
Les Clées - Orbe VD 181 -
Leuk m[citation needed] Leuk VS 3,926 -
Lichtensteig h[citation needed] Toggenburg SG 1,871 -
Liestal h[citation needed] Liestal BL 14,303 541,011 Basel (CH)
Locarno h[citation needed] Locarno TI 16,012 55,528 Locarno (CH)
Losone h[citation needed] Locarno TI 6,622 55,528 Locarno (CH)
Lugano h[citation needed] Lugano TI 63,494 151,037 Lugano (CH)
Lutry h[citation needed] Lavaux VD 9,986 409,295 Lausanne
Lucerne h[citation needed] Lucerne LU 81,401 226,091 Lucerne
Lyss - Seeland BE 14,887 -
Männedorf - Meilen ZH 10,957 1,334,269 Zurich
Maienfeld h[citation needed] Landquart GR 2,860 -
Martigny h[citation needed] Martigny VS 18,174 20,818 Martigny
Meilen - Meilen ZH 13,999 1,334,269 Zurich
Mellingen h[citation needed] Baden AG 5,492 109,255 Baden–Brugg
Mendrisio - Mendrisio TI 14,914 51,668 Chiasso–Mendrisio (CH)
Meyrin - - GE 24,144 579,227 Genève (CH)
Möhlin - Rheinfelden AG 11,004 541,011 Basel (CH)
Monthey - Monthey VS 17,563 32,442 Monthey
Montreux - Vevey VD 26,574 84,869 Vevey–Montreux
Morcote h[citation needed] Lugano TI 725 -
Morges h[citation needed] Morges VD 15,838 409,295 Lausanne
Moudon h[citation needed] Moudon VD 6,187 -
Moutier m[citation needed] Jura bernois BE 7,477 -
Münchenbuchsee - Bern-Mittelland BE 10,079 410,894 Bern
Münchenstein -h[citation needed] Arlesheim BL 12,189 541,011 Basel (CH)
Münsingen - Bern-Mittelland BE 12,533 -
Muri bei Bern - Bern BE 13,058 410,894 Bern
Murten h[citation needed] See FR 8,222 -
Muttenz - Arlesheim BL 17,854 541,011 Basel (CH)
Neuchâtel h[citation needed] Neuchâtel NE 33,578 89,441 Neuchâtel
Neuhausen am Rheinfall - - SH 10,454 69,517 Schaffhausen (CH)
Neunkirch h[citation needed] - SH 2,201 -
Nidau h[citation needed] Biel/Bienne BE 6,827 104,542 Biel/Bienne
Nyon h[citation needed] Nyon VD 20,533 579,227 Genève (CH)
Oberwil (BL) - Arlesheim BL 11,203 541,011 Basel (CH)
Oftringen - Zofingen AG 13,606 98,535 Olten–Zofingen
Olten - Olten SO 18,389 98,535 Olten–Zofingen
Onex - - GE 18,977 579,227 Genève (CH)
Opfikon - Bülach ZH 19,978 1,334,269 Zurich
Orbe h[citation needed] Orbe VD 6,987 -
Orsières m[citation needed] Entremont VS 3,190 -
Ostermundigen - Bern BE 17,546 410,894 Bern
Payerne h[citation needed] Payerne VD 9,699 -
Peseux - Boudry NE 5,825 89,441 Neuchâtel
Pfäffikon - Uster ZH 11,864 1,334,269 Zurich
Plan-les-Ouates - - GE 10,697 579,227 Genève (CH)
Porrentruy h[citation needed] Porrentruy JU 6,809 -
Pratteln - Liestal BL 16,668 541,011 Basel (CH)
Prilly - Lausanne VD 12,110 409,295 Lausanne
Pully - Lausanne VD 18,160 409,295 Lausanne
Rapperswil-Jona h[citation needed] See-Gaster SG 26,989 46,343 Rapperswil-Jona–Rüti
Regensberg h[citation needed] Dielsdorf ZH 474 1,334,269 Zurich
Regensdorf - Dielsdorf ZH 18,317 1,334,269 Zurich
Reinach (BL) - Arlesheim BL 19,178 541,011 Basel (CH)
Renens (VD) - Lausanne VD 21,036 409,295 Lausanne
Rheinau h[citation needed] Andelfingen ZH 1,299 -
Rheineck h[citation needed] Rheintal SG 3,485 53,689 Arbon–Rorschach
Rheinfelden h[citation needed] Rheinfelden AG 13,337 541,011 Basel (CH)
Richterswil - Horgen ZH 13,454 1,334,269 Zurich
Riehen - - BS 21,477 541,011 Basel (CH)
Risch - - ZG 10,515 127,095 Zug
Riva San Vitale h[citation needed] Mendrisio TI 2,617 51,668 Chiasso–Mendrisio (CH)
Rolle h[citation needed] Rolle VD 6,218 -
Romainmôtier h[citation needed] Orbe VD 550 -
Romanshorn h[citation needed] Arbon TG 10,969 25,271 Amriswil–Romanshorn
Romont (FR) h[citation needed] Glane FR 5,304 -
Rorschach m[citation needed] Rorschach SG 9,418 53,689 Arbon–Rorschach
Rue h[citation needed] Glane FR 1,505 -
Rüti (ZH) - Hinwil ZH 12,157 46,343 Rapperswil-Jona–Rüti
Saillon h[citation needed] Martigny VS 2,574 -
Saint-Maurice - Saint-Maurice VS 4,595 -
Saint-Prex h[citation needed] Morges VD 5,682 409,295 Lausanne
Saint-Ursanne h[citation needed] Porrentruy JU 700? -
Sargans h[citation needed] Sarganserland SG 6,118 -
Sarnen m[citation needed] - OW 10,236 -
Schaffhausen h[citation needed] - SH 36,332 69,517 Schaffhausen (CH)
Schlieren - Dietikon ZH 18,760 1,334,269 Zurich
Schwyz m[citation needed] Schwyz SZ 15,000 -
Sembrancher - Entremont VS 1,034 -
Sempach h[citation needed] Sursee LU 4,128 -
Sierre - Sierre VS 16,860 26,132 Sierre
Sion h[citation needed] Sion VS 34,599 84,138 Sion
Solothurn h[citation needed] Solothurn SO 16,703 78,046 Solothurn
Spiez -h[citation needed] Niedersimmental BE 12,707 -
Spreitenbach - Baden AG 11,788 1,334,269 Zurich
Splügen m[citation needed] Hinterrhein GR 432 -
St. Gallen h[citation needed] St. Gallen SG 75,522 165,860 St. Gallen
St. Moritz - Maloja GR 4,994 -
Stäfa - Meilen ZH 14,435 1,334,269 Zurich
Stans - m[citation needed] NW 8,411 -
Steckborn h[citation needed] Steckborn TG 3,780 -
Steffisburg - Thun BE 15,816 -
Steinhausen - - ZG 9,875 127,095 Zug
Suhr - Aarau AG 10,154 76,636 Aarau
Stein am Rhein h[citation needed] - SH 3,376 -
Sursee h[citation needed] Sursee LU 9,900 -
Thalwil - Horgen ZH 17,857 1,334,269 Zurich
Thônex - - GE 14,091 579,227 Genève (CH)
Thun h[citation needed] Thun BE 43,743 80,264 Thun
Thusis h[citation needed] Hinterrhein GR 9,269 -
Unterseen h 1280[14] Interlaken BE 5,712 23,943 Interlaken
Urdorf - Dietikon ZH 9,783 1,334,269 Zurich
Uster - Uster ZH 34,516 1,334,269 Zurich
Uznach h[citation needed] See-Gaster SG 6,336 -
Uzwil - Wil SG 12,849 73,299 Wil (SG)
Val-de-Travers - Val-de-Travers NE 10,745 -
Valangin h[citation needed] Val-de-Ruz NE 504 -
Vernier - - GE 35,132 579,227 Genève (CH)
Versoix - - GE 13,329 579,227 Genève (CH)
Vevey h[citation needed] Vevey VD 19,827 84,869 Vevey–Montreux
Veyrier - - GE 11,540 579,227 Genève (CH)
Villeneuve h[citation needed] Aigle VD 5,673 84,869 Vevey–Montreux
Villars-sur-Glâne - Sarine FR 12,114 105,406 Fribourg
Visp m[citation needed] Visp VS 7,891 47,041 Brig–Visp
Volketswil - Uster ZH 18,693 1,334,269 Zurich
Wädenswil - Horgen ZH 21,792 1,334,269 Zurich
Waldenburg h[citation needed] Waldenburg BL 1,122 -
Walenstadt h[citation needed] Sarganserland SG 5,598 -
Wallisellen - Bülach ZH 15,939 -
Wangen an der Aare h[citation needed] Wangen BE 2,301 -
Werdenberg h[citation needed] Werdenberg SG 60 27,467 Buchs (SG) (CH)
Weinfelden - Weinfelden TG 11,388 -
Wettingen - Baden AG 20,721 109,255 Baden–Brugg
Wetzikon (ZH) - Hinwil ZH 24,513 1,334,269 Zurich
Wiedlisbach h[citation needed] Wangen BE 2,317 -
Wil (SG) h[citation needed] Wil SG 23,768 73,299 Wil (SG)
Willisau h[citation needed] Willisau LU 7,825 -
Winterthur h[citation needed] Winterthur ZH 110,912 138,252 Winterthur
Wohlen (AG) - Bremgarten AG 16,078 22,621 Wohlen (AG)
Yverdon-les-Bains h[citation needed] Yverdon VD 30,143 41,079 Yverdon-les-Bains
Zermatt - Visp VS 5,643 -
Zofingen h[citation needed] Zofingen AG 11,561 98,535 Olten–Zofingen
Zollikofen - Bern-Mittelland BE 10,314 410,894 Bern
Zollikon - Meilen ZH 12,983 1,334,269 Zurich
Zug h[citation needed] - ZG 30,205 127,095 Zug
Zürich h[citation needed] Zurich ZH 409,241 1,334,269 Zurich
Bad Zurzach m[citation needed] Zurzach AG 4,242 -

See alsoEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b c It considers itself still as a village.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g It does not call itself a town.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Statistische Städte" (PDF) (official site) (in German and French). Neuchâtel, Switzerland: Swiss Federal Statistical Office. 12 October 2016. Retrieved 2016-11-19.
  2. ^ a b "Statistik der Schweizer Städte 2016" (PDF) (Official Statistical Yearbook) (in German and French). Neuchâtel, Switzerland: Schweizerischer Städteverband / Swiss Federal Statistical Office. 12 April 2016. Retrieved 2016-11-19.
  3. ^ "Die Raumgliederungen der Schweiz 2016" (in German, French, Italian, and English). Neuchâtel, Switzerland: Swiss Federal Statistical Office. 17 February 2016. Retrieved 14 December 2016.
  4. ^ Swiss Federal Statistical Office - STAT-TAB, online database – Ständige und nichtständige Wohnbevölkerung nach institutionellen Gliederungen, Geburtsort und Staatsangehörigkeit (in German) accessed 17 September 2018
  5. ^ "Städtische Bevölkerung: Agglomerationen und isolierte Städte" (in German and French). Neuchâtel, Switzerland: Swiss Federal Statistical Office. 26 August 2016. Retrieved 14 December 2016.
  6. ^ Alfred Lüthi: Aarau in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland, 2016-09-12.
  7. ^ Anne-Marie Dubler: Aarberg (Gemeinde) in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland, 2013-11-28.
  8. ^ Andreas Steigmeier: Aarburg (Gemeinde) in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland, 2009-06-23.
  9. ^ Bernardino Croci Maspoli: Agno in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland, 2009-06-30.
  10. ^ Jean-Jacques Bouquet: Aigle (Gemeinde) in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland, 2009-06-25.
  11. ^ Hans Stadler: Altdorf (UR) in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland, 2011-10-05.
  12. ^ Johannes Vogel: Altstätten (Gemeinde) in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland, 2010-10-07.
  13. ^ Albin Hasenfratz, Hansjörg Brem, Kurt Buenzli: Arbon in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland, 2010-10-20.
  14. ^ Anne-Marie Dubler: Unterseen in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland, 2013-02-13.