List of cities in Switzerland

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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 now 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 tables of the largest and smallest.[2]: 14–19 

Population of towns with more than 10,000 inhabitants (2019)

Largest towns in Switzerland:

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 which have either historic town rights (h) or 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, founding date & reference District Canton Population Agglomeration[3]
Town proper (2020) [4] Agglomeration (2015)[5]
Aarau h 1240–1250[6] Aarau AG 21,726 76,636 Aarau
Aarberg h 1220–1225[7] Aarberg BE 4,626
Aarburg h ~1330[8] Zofingen AG 8,577 98,535 Olten–Zofingen
Adliswil Horgen ZH 19,049 1,334,269 Zurich
Aesch (BL)[note 1] Arlesheim BL 10,368 541,011 Basel (CH)
Affoltern am Albis[note 2] Affoltern ZH 12,289 1,334,269 Zurich
Agno[note 2] m Roman & Middle Age[9] Lugano TI 4,376 151,037 Lugano (CH)
Aigle m 1231[10] Aigle VD 10,462
Allschwil[note 2] Arlesheim BL 21,563 541,011 Basel (CH)
Altdorf (UR)[note 2] m n.d., c. Late Middle Age[11] UR 9,565 31,734 Altdorf (UR)
Altstätten m[12] Rheintal SG 11,938 56,777 Rheintal (CH)
Amriswil Arbon TG 14,211 25,271 Amriswil–Romanshorn
Appenzell[note 1] m[citation needed] Appenzell AI 5,793
Arbon h[13] first half 13th c. Arbon TG 14,950 53,689 Arbon–Rorschach
Arlesheim[note 2] Arlesheim BL 9,240 541,011 Basel (CH)
Arosa[note 2] Plessur GR 3,162
Arth[note 1] Schwyz SZ 12,184
Ascona h[citation needed] Locarno TI 5,554 55,528 Locarno (CH)
Aubonne h[citation needed] Aubonne VD 3,235 409,295 Lausanne
Avenches h[citation needed] Avenches VD 4,477
Baar ZG 24,686 127,095 Zug
Baden h[citation needed] Baden AG 19,621 109,255 Baden–Brugg
Basel h[citation needed] BS 178,120 541,011 Basel (CH)
Bassersdorf Bülach ZH 11,924 1,334,269 Zurich
Bellinzona h[citation needed] Bellinzona TI 43,360 52,061 Bellinzona
Belp Bern-Mittelland BE 11,603 410,894 Bern
Bern h[citation needed] Bern-Mittelland BE 134,794 410,894 Bern
Beromünster m[citation needed] Sursee LU 6,661
Biasca m[citation needed] Riviera TI 6,094
Biel/Bienne h[citation needed] Biel/Bienne BE 55,206 104,542 Biel/Bienne
Binningen Arlesheim BL 15,750 541,011 Basel (CH)
Birsfelden Arlesheim BL 10,447 541,011 Basel (CH)
Bischofszell h[citation needed] Bischofszell TG 5,907
Boudry h[citation needed] Boudry NE 6,193 89,441 Neuchâtel
Bourg-Saint-Pierre h[citation needed] Entremont VS 211
Bremgarten (AG) h[citation needed] Bremgarten AG 8,415 1,334,269 Zurich
Brig-Glis m[citation needed] Brig VS 13,221 47,041 Brig–Visp
Brugg h[citation needed] Brugg AG 12,738 109,255 Baden–Brugg
Buchs (SG) Werdenberg SG 13,053 27,467 Buchs (SG) (CH)
Bülach h[citation needed] Bülach ZH 21,998 1,334,269 Zurich
Büren a.A. h[citation needed] Seeland BE 3,622
Bulle h[citation needed] Gruyère FR 24,412 31,703 Bulle
Burgdorf h[citation needed] Burgdorf BE 16,583
Bussigny Ouest Lausannois VD 9,603 409,295 Lausanne
Carouge (GE) GE 22,536 579,227 Genève (CH)
Cham ZG 17,042 127,095 Zug
Châtel-Saint-Denis h[citation needed] Veveyse FR 7,449 84,869 Vevey–Montreux
Chêne-Bougeries GE 12,621 579,227 Genève (CH)
Chiasso h[citation needed] TI 7,581 51,668 Chiasso–Mendrisio (CH)
Chur h[citation needed] Plessur GR 36,336 58,266 Chur
Conthey h[citation needed] Conthey VS 8,857 84,138 Sion
Coppet h[citation needed] Nyon VD 3,280 579,227 Genève (CH)
Cossonay h[citation needed] Cossonay VD 4,223 409,295 Lausanne
Croglio h[citation needed] Lugano TI 861 151,037 Lugano (CH)
Crissier Ouest Lausannois VD 8,727 409,295 Lausanne
Cudrefin h[citation needed] Avenches VD 1,780
Cully h[citation needed] Lavaux VD 1,700? 409,295 Lausanne
Davos* Prättigau/Davos GR 10,832
Delémont h[citation needed] Delémont JU 12,618 29,527 Delémont (CH)
Diessenhofen h[citation needed] Diessenhofen TG 4,085
Dietikon Dietikon ZH 28,057 1,334,269 Zurich
Dübendorf Uster ZH 29,907 1,334,269 Zurich
Ebikon Lucerne LU 14,066 226,091 Lucerne
Échallens h[citation needed] Échallens VD 5,729 409,295 Lausanne
Ecublens (VD) Ouest Lausannois VD 13,157 409,295 Lausanne
Eglisau h[citation needed] Bülach ZH 5,491 1,334,269 Zurich
Einsiedeln Einsiedeln SZ 16,247
Elgg h[citation needed] Winterthur ZH 4,960
Emmen Hochdorf LU 31,039 226,091 Lucerne
Erlach h[citation needed] Erlach BE 1,386
Estavayer-le-Lac h[citation needed] Broye FR 6,208
Flawil Wil SG 10,510
Frauenfeld h[citation needed] Frauenfeld TG 25,974 24,864 Frauenfeld
Freienbach Höfe SZ 16,520 1,334,269 Zurich
Fribourg h[citation needed] Sarine FR 38,039 105,406 Fribourg
Geneva h[citation needed] GE 203,856 579,227 Genève (CH)
Gland Nyon VD 13,258 579,227 Genève (CH)
Glarus m[citation needed] GL 12,539 30,367 Glarus
Glarus Nord* GL 18,832 30,367 Glarus
Gordola h[citation needed] Locarno TI 4,650 55,528 Locarno (CH)
Gossau (SG) St. Gallen SG 17,990 165,860 St. Gallen
Grandcour h[citation needed] Payerne VD 967
Grandson h[citation needed] Grandson VD 3,358 41,079 Yverdon-les-Bains
Greifensee h[citation needed] Uster ZH 5,307 1,334,269 Zurich
Grenchen Lebern SO 17,577 26,570 Grenchen
Grüningen Hinwil ZH 3,716 1,334,269 Zurich
Gruyères Gruyère FR 2,205
Herisau AR 15,649 165,860 St. Gallen
Hermance h[citation needed] GE 1,073 579,227 Genève (CH)
Hinwil Hinwil ZH 11,354 1,334,269 Zurich
Horgen Horgen ZH 23,090 1,334,269 Zurich
Horw Lucerne LU 14,211 226,091 Lucerne
Huttwil h[citation needed] Trachselwald BE 5,009
Ilanz h[citation needed] Surselva GR 4,797
Illnau-Effretikon Pfäffikon ZH 16,298 1,334,269 Zurich
Interlaken Interlaken-Oberhasli BE 5,719 23,943 Interlaken
Ittigen Bern-Mittelland BE 11,430 410,894 Bern
Kaiserstuhl (AG) h[citation needed] Zurzach AG 426 1,334,269 Zurich
Klingnau h[citation needed] Zurzach AG 3,540
Kloten h[citation needed] Bülach ZH 20,429 1,334,269 Zurich
Köniz[note 2] Bern-Mittelland BE 42,388 410,894 Bern
Kreuzlingen Kreuzlingen TG 22,390 23,713 Kreuzlingen (CH)
Kriens Lucerne LU 28,245 226,091 Lucerne
Küsnacht (ZH) Meilen ZH 14,811 1,334,269 Zurich
La Chaux-de-Fonds h[citation needed] La Chaux-de-Fonds NE 36,915 53,002 La Chaux-de-Fonds–Le Locle (CH)
La Neuveville h[citation needed] La Neuveville BE 3,780
La Sarraz h[citation needed] Cossonay VD 2,595
La Tour-de-Peilz h[citation needed] Vevey VD 12,068 84,869 Vevey–Montreux
La Tour-de-Trême h[citation needed] Gruyère FR 24,412 31,703 Bulle
Lachen (SZ) m[citation needed] March SZ 9,137 29,124 Lachen
Lancy GE 33,989 579,227 Genève (CH)
Langenthal m[citation needed] Oberaargau BE 15,544
Laufen (BL) h[citation needed] Laufen BL 5,814 541,011 Basel (CH)
Laufenburg h[citation needed] Laufenburg AG 3,659
Laupen h[citation needed] Bern-Mittelland BE 3,230 410,894 Bern
Lausanne h[citation needed] Lausanne VD 140,202 409,295 Lausanne
Le Grand-Saconnex GE 12,378 579,227 Genève (CH)
Le Landeron h[citation needed] Neuchâtel NE 4,642
Le Locle Le Locle NE 9,864 53,002 La Chaux-de-Fonds–Le Locle (CH)
Lenzburg h[citation needed] Lenzburg AG 11,024 22,188 Lenzburg
Les Clées Orbe VD 187
Leuk m[citation needed] Leuk VS 3,991
Lichtensteig h[citation needed] Toggenburg SG 1,879
Liestal h[citation needed] Liestal BL 14,963 541,011 Basel (CH)
Locarno h[citation needed] Locarno TI 15,728 55,528 Locarno (CH)
Losone h[citation needed] Locarno TI 6,647 55,528 Locarno (CH)
Lugano h[citation needed] Lugano TI 62,315 151,037 Lugano (CH)
Lutry h[citation needed] Lavaux VD 10,459 409,295 Lausanne
Lucerne h[citation needed] Lucerne LU 82,620 226,091 Lucerne
Lyss Seeland BE 15,763
Männedorf Meilen ZH 11,397 1,334,269 Zurich
Maienfeld h[citation needed] Landquart GR 3,029
Martigny h[citation needed] Martigny VS 18,291 20,818 Martigny
Meilen Meilen ZH 14,539 1,334,269 Zurich
Mellingen h[citation needed] Baden AG 5,865 109,255 Baden–Brugg
Mendrisio Mendrisio TI 14,902 51,668 Chiasso–Mendrisio (CH)
Meyrin GE 26,129 579,227 Genève (CH)
Möhlin Rheinfelden AG 11,088 541,011 Basel (CH)
Monthey Monthey VS 17,820 32,442 Monthey
Montreux Vevey VD 26,090 84,869 Vevey–Montreux
Morcote | h[citation needed] Lugano TI 734
Morges h[citation needed] Morges VD 16,101 409,295 Lausanne
Moudon h[citation needed] Moudon VD 6,101
Moutier m[citation needed] Jura bernois BE 7,348
Münchenbuchsee Bern-Mittelland BE 10,233 410,894 Bern
Münchenstein –h[citation needed] Arlesheim BL 12,128 541,011 Basel (CH)
Münsingen Bern-Mittelland BE 12,966
Muri bei Bern Bern BE 13,182 410,894 Bern
Murten h[citation needed] See FR 8,244
Muttenz Arlesheim BL 18,020 541,011 Basel (CH)
Neuchâtel h[citation needed] Neuchâtel NE 33,455 89,441 Neuchâtel
Neuhausen am Rheinfall SH 10,467 69,517 Schaffhausen (CH)
Neunkirch h[citation needed] SH 2,404
Nidau h[citation needed] Biel/Bienne BE 6,943 104,542 Biel/Bienne
Nyon h[citation needed] Nyon VD 21,718 579,227 Genève (CH)
Oberwil (BL) Arlesheim BL 11,167 541,011 Basel (CH)
Oftringen Zofingen AG 14,455 98,535 Olten–Zofingen
Olten Olten SO 18,496 98,535 Olten–Zofingen
Onex GE 18,933 579,227 Genève (CH)
Opfikon Bülach ZH 20,954 1,334,269 Zurich
Orbe h[citation needed] Orbe VD 7,108
Orsières m[citation needed] Entremont VS 3,194
Ostermundigen Bern BE 17,758 410,894 Bern
Payerne h[citation needed] Payerne VD 10,069
Peseux Boudry NE 5,796 89,441 Neuchâtel
Pfäffikon Uster ZH 12,174 1,334,269 Zurich
Plan-les-Ouates GE 10,601 579,227 Genève (CH)
Porrentruy h[citation needed] Porrentruy JU 6,434
Pratteln Liestal BL 16,621 541,011 Basel (CH)
Prilly Lausanne VD 12,360 409,295 Lausanne
Pully Lausanne VD 18,694 409,295 Lausanne
Rapperswil-Jona h[citation needed] See-Gaster SG 27,483 46,343 Rapperswil-Jona–Rüti
Regensberg h[citation needed] Dielsdorf ZH 459 1,334,269 Zurich
Regensdorf Dielsdorf ZH 18,568 1,334,269 Zurich
Reinach (BL) Arlesheim BL 19,260 541,011 Basel (CH)
Renens (VD) Lausanne VD 20,834 409,295 Lausanne
Rheinau h[citation needed] Andelfingen ZH 1,287
Rheineck h[citation needed] Rheintal SG 3,404 53,689 Arbon–Rorschach
Rheinfelden h[citation needed] Rheinfelden AG 13,551 541,011 Basel (CH)
Richterswil Horgen ZH 13,670 1,334,269 Zurich
Riehen BS 21,788 541,011 Basel (CH)
Risch ZG 11,212 127,095 Zug
Riva San Vitale h[citation needed] Mendrisio TI 2,626 51,668 Chiasso–Mendrisio (CH)
Rolle h[citation needed] Rolle VD 6,260
Romainmôtier h[citation needed] Orbe VD 526
Romanshorn h[citation needed] Arbon TG 11,327 25,271 Amriswil–Romanshorn
Romont (FR) h[citation needed] Glane FR 5,417
Rorschach m[citation needed] Rorschach SG 9,646 53,689 Arbon–Rorschach
Rue h[citation needed] Glane FR 1,537
Rüti (ZH)[note 2] Hinwil ZH 12,494 46,343 Rapperswil-Jona–Rüti
Saillon h[citation needed] Martigny VS 2,818
Saint-Maurice Saint-Maurice VS 4,518
Saint-Prex h[citation needed] Morges VD 5,855 409,295 Lausanne
Saint-Ursanne h[citation needed] Porrentruy JU 700?
Sargans h[citation needed] Sarganserland SG 6,213
Sarnen m[citation needed] OW 10,514
Schaffhausen h[citation needed] SH 36,952 69,517 Schaffhausen (CH)
Schlieren Dietikon ZH 19,881 1,334,269 Zurich
Schwyz m[citation needed] Schwyz SZ 15,435
Sembrancher Entremont VS 1,050
Sempach h[citation needed] Sursee LU 4,234
Sierre Sierre VS 16,819 26,132 Sierre
Sion h[citation needed] Sion VS 34,978 84,138 Sion
Solothurn h[citation needed] Solothurn SO 16,802 78,046 Solothurn
Spiez –h[citation needed] Niedersimmental BE 12,926
Spreitenbach Baden AG 12,126 1,334,269 Zurich
Splügen m[citation needed] Hinterrhein GR 377
St. Gallen h[citation needed] St. Gallen SG 76,213 165,860 St. Gallen
St. Moritz Maloja GR 4,945
Stäfa Meilen ZH 14,791 1,334,269 Zurich
Stans m[citation needed] NW 8,171
Steckborn h[citation needed] Steckborn TG 3,840
Steffisburg Thun BE 15,991
Steinhausen ZG 10,198 127,095 Zug
Suhr Aarau AG 10,724 76,636 Aarau
Stein am Rhein h[citation needed] SH 3,561
Sursee h[citation needed] Sursee LU 10,361
Thalwil Horgen ZH 18,278 1,334,269 Zurich
Thônex GE 14,573 579,227 Genève (CH)
Thun h[citation needed] Thun BE 43,476 80,264 Thun
Thusis h[citation needed] Hinterrhein GR 9,453
Unterseen h 1280[14] Interlaken BE 5,760 23,943 Interlaken
Urdorf Dietikon ZH 10,019 1,334,269 Zurich
Uster Uster ZH 35,337 1,334,269 Zurich
Uznach h[citation needed] See-Gaster SG 6,519
Uzwil Wil SG 13,284 73,299 Wil (SG)
Val-de-Travers Val-de-Travers NE 10,579
Valangin h[citation needed] Val-de-Ruz NE 526
Vernier GE 34,898 579,227 Genève (CH)
Versoix GE 13,281 579,227 Genève (CH)
Vevey h[citation needed] Vevey VD 19,752 84,869 Vevey–Montreux
Veyrier GE 11,861 579,227 Genève (CH)
Villeneuve h[citation needed] Roman (Penne Locos),[15] 1214 (Villeneuve-de-Chillon)[16] Aigle VD 5,834 84,869 Vevey–Montreux
Villars-sur-Glâne Sarine FR 12,219 105,406 Fribourg
Visp m[citation needed] Visp VS 8,060 47,041 Brig–Visp
Volketswil Uster ZH 18,865 1,334,269 Zurich
Wädenswil Horgen ZH 21,792 1,334,269 Zurich
Waldenburg h[citation needed] Waldenburg BL 1,124
Walenstadt h[citation needed] Sarganserland SG 5,728
Wallisellen Bülach ZH 17,218
Wangen an der Aare h[citation needed] Wangen BE 2,377
Werdenberg h[citation needed] Werdenberg SG 60 27,467 Buchs (SG) (CH)
Weinfelden Weinfelden TG 11,629
Wettingen Baden AG 21,099 109,255 Baden–Brugg
Wetzikon (ZH) Hinwil ZH 25,056 1,334,269 Zurich
Wiedlisbach h[citation needed] Wangen BE 2,382
Wil (SG) h[citation needed] Wil SG 24,132 73,299 Wil (SG)
Willisau h[citation needed] Willisau LU 7,752
Winterthur h[citation needed] Winterthur ZH 114,220 138,252 Winterthur
Wohlen (AG) Bremgarten AG 16,881 22,621 Wohlen (AG)
Yverdon-les-Bains h[citation needed] Yverdon VD 29,955 41,079 Yverdon-les-Bains
Zermatt Visp VS 5,820
Zofingen h[citation needed] Zofingen AG 12,104 98,535 Olten–Zofingen
Zollikofen Bern-Mittelland BE 10,640 410,894 Bern
Zollikon Meilen ZH 13,311 1,334,269 Zurich
Zug h[citation needed] ZG 30,934 127,095 Zug
Zürich h[citation needed] Zurich ZH 421,878 1,334,269 Zurich
Bad Zurzach m[citation needed] Zurzach AG 4,379

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Notes and referencesEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b c It considers itself still as a village.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h 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 19 November 2016.
  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 19 November 2016.
  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. ^ "Ständige und nichtständige Wohnbevölkerung nach institutionellen Gliederungen, Geburtsort und Staatsangehörigkeit". bfs.admin.ch (in German). Swiss Federal Statistical Office - STAT-TAB. 31 December 2020. Retrieved 21 September 2021.
  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, 12 September 2016.
  7. ^ Anne-Marie Dubler: Aarberg (Gemeinde) in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland, 28 November 2013.
  8. ^ Andreas Steigmeier: Aarburg (Gemeinde) in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland, 23 June 2009.
  9. ^ Bernardino Croci Maspoli: Agno in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland, 30 June 2009.
  10. ^ Jean-Jacques Bouquet: Aigle (Gemeinde) in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland, 25 June 2009.
  11. ^ Hans Stadler: Altdorf (UR) in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland, 5 October 2011.
  12. ^ Johannes Vogel: Altstätten (Gemeinde) in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland, 7 October 2010.
  13. ^ Albin Hasenfratz, Hansjörg Brem, Kurt Buenzli: Arbon in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland, 20 October 2010.
  14. ^ Anne-Marie Dubler: Unterseen in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland, 13 February 2013.
  15. ^ Michèle Grote: Villeneuve (VD) in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland, 23 November 2017.
  16. ^ "Histoire de Villeneuve". Retrieved 20 April 2020.

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