Saint-Luc, Switzerland

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Saint-Luc is a village in the district of Sierre in the Swiss canton of Valais. An independent municipality before, it merged on 1 January 2009 with neighboring Ayer, Chandolin, Grimentz, Saint Jean and Vissoie to form the municipality of Anniviers.[1]

General view of Saint-Luc
General view of Saint-Luc
Coat of arms of Saint-Luc
Coat of arms
Location of Saint-Luc
Saint-Luc is located in Switzerland
Saint-Luc is located in Canton of Valais
Coordinates: 46°13′N 7°36′E / 46.217°N 7.600°E / 46.217; 7.600Coordinates: 46°13′N 7°36′E / 46.217°N 7.600°E / 46.217; 7.600
 • Total31.9 km2 (12.3 sq mi)
1,655 m (5,430 ft)
 (December 2008)
 • Total312
 • Density9.8/km2 (25/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (Central European Time)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (Central European Summer Time)
Postal code(s)
SFOS number6247
SFSO statistics


Aerial view (1970)

Saint-Luc is first mentioned in 1267 as Lus. In 1304 it was mentioned as Luc, which was the official name until 1904. The name Saint-Luc first appears around 1850.[2]

Coat of armsEdit

The blazon of the village coat of arms is Azure, issuant from a Ribbon Or three Pine trees Vert trunked proper and an Ox passant Argent.[3]


Saint-Luc has a population (as of December 2008) of 312.[4]

Most of the population (as of 2000) speaks French (265 or 83.1%) as their first language, German is the second most common (22 or 6.9%) and Portuguese is the third (16 or 5.0%). There are 8 people who speak Italian.[5]

Of the population in the village, 110 or about 34.5% were born in Saint-Luc and lived there in 2000. There were 87 or 27.3% who were born in the same canton, while 53 or 16.6% were born somewhere else in Switzerland, and 66 or 20.7% were born outside of Switzerland.[5]

As of 2000, there were 135 people who were single and never married in the village. There were 154 married individuals, 16 widows or widowers and 14 individuals who are divorced.[5]

There were 32 households that consist of only one person and 11 households with five or more people. In 2000, a total of 120 apartments (11.8% of the total) were permanently occupied, while 845 apartments (82.8%) were seasonally occupied and 55 apartments (5.4%) were empty.[6]

The historical population is given in the following chart:[2][7]


In the 2007 federal election the most popular party was the CVP which received 36.88% of the vote. The next three most popular parties were the SP (22.57%), the SVP (12.86%) and the Green Party (9.97%). In the federal election, a total of 176 votes were cast, and the voter turnout was 63.8%.[8]


There were 165 residents of the village who were employed in some capacity, of which females made up 42.4% of the workforce. In 2008 the total number of full-time equivalent jobs was 167. The number of jobs in the primary sector was 14, of which 3 were in agriculture and 11 were in forestry or lumber production. The number of jobs in the secondary sector was 14 of which 13 or (92.9%) were in manufacturing and 1 was in construction. The number of jobs in the tertiary sector was 139. In the tertiary sector; 14 or 10.1% were in the sale or repair of motor vehicles, 17 or 12.2% were in the movement and storage of goods, 67 or 48.2% were in a hotel or restaurant, 6 or 4.3% were in education.[9]

In 2000, there were 37 workers who commuted into the village and 72 workers who commuted away. The village is a net exporter of workers, with about 1.9 workers leaving the village for every one entering.[10]


From the 2000 census, 269 or 84.3% were Roman Catholic, while 25 or 7.8% belonged to the Swiss Reformed Church. Of the rest of the population, there was 1 individual who belongs to another Christian church. 21 (or about 6.58% of the population) belonged to no church, are agnostic or atheist, and 3 individuals (or about 0.94% of the population) did not answer the question.[5]


In Saint-Luc about 120 or (37.6%) of the population have completed non-mandatory upper secondary education, and 47 or (14.7%) have completed additional higher education (either University or a Fachhochschule). Of the 47 who completed tertiary schooling, 48.9% were Swiss men, 31.9% were Swiss women, 14.9% were non-Swiss men.[5]

As of 2000, there were 67 students from Saint-Luc who attended schools outside the village.[10]

Ski ResortEdit

Saint-Luc has a ski resort above, where many ski lifts exist. The resort started in 1962, with the ski lift Combettaz.[citation needed] In 1973, the ski lift Pas de Boeuf became the longest ski lift in Switzerland.[citation needed]

In popular cultureEdit

In the 1970's, an action television series called Skiboy was filmed in Saint-Luc, where actors Stephen R. Hudis, Margot Alexis, Robert Coleby, and Frederick Jaeger starred in the show. The show is about a young skiier who solves crimes and mysteries in his village innocently.


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