Wald, Appenzell Ausserrhoden

Wald is a municipality in the canton of Appenzell Ausserrhoden in Switzerland.

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Coat of arms of Wald
Location of Wald
Wald is located in Switzerland
Wald is located in Canton of Appenzell Ausserrhoden
Coordinates: 47°25′N 9°29′E / 47.417°N 9.483°E / 47.417; 9.483Coordinates: 47°25′N 9°29′E / 47.417°N 9.483°E / 47.417; 9.483
CantonAppenzell Ausserrhoden
 • MayorEdith Beeler
 • Total6.82 km2 (2.63 sq mi)
962 m (3,156 ft)
 • Total877
 • Density130/km2 (330/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (Central European Time)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (Central European Summer Time)
Postal code(s)
SFOS number3036
Surrounded byHeiden, Oberegg (AI), Rehetobel, Trogen
SFSO statistics


Watercolor of Wald during the 19th Century
Panoramic view of the municipality of Wald over the village Rehetobel. In the upper right corner of the picture is Gupf mountain.
Aerial view from 1800 m by Walter Mittelholzer (1927)

Wald has an area, as of 2006, of 6.8 km2 (2.6 sq mi). Of this area, 66% is used for agricultural purposes, while 28.4% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 5.4% is settled (buildings or roads) and the remainder (0.1%) is non-productive (rivers, glaciers or mountains).[3]


Wald has a population (as of 2020) of 882.[4] In 2008 about 10.1% were foreign nationals.[5] Over the last 10 years the population has decreased at a rate of -6.3%. Most of the population (as of 2000) speaks German (93.6%), with Serbo-Croatian being second most common (2.3%) and French being third (0.8%).[3]

As of 2000, the gender distribution of the population was 51.3% male and 48.7% female.[6] The age distribution, as of 2000, in Wald is; 94 people or 10.7% of the population are between 0–6 years old. 129 people or 14.6% are 6-15, and 50 people or 5.7% are 16-19. Of the adult population, 46 people or 5.2% of the population are between 20–24 years old. 231 people or 26.2% are 25-44, and 200 people or 22.7% are 45-64. The senior population distribution is 89 people or 10.1% of the population are between 65–79 years old, and 42 people or 4.8% are over 80.[6]

In the 2007 federal election the FDP received 65.3% of the vote.[3]

In Wald about 77.5% of the population (between age 25-64) have completed either non-mandatory upper secondary education or additional higher education (either university or a Fachhochschule).[3]

Wald has an unemployment rate of 0.58%. As of 2005, there were 73 people employed in the primary economic sector and about 31 businesses involved in this sector. 133 people are employed in the secondary sector and there are 16 businesses in this sector. 88 people are employed in the tertiary sector, with 29 businesses in this sector.[3]

The historical population is given in the following table:[6]

Historical population
1980 695—    
1990 851+22.4%
2000 894+5.1%
2005 874−2.2%
2007 875+0.1%


  1. ^ a b "Arealstatistik Standard - Gemeinden nach 4 Hauptbereichen". Federal Statistical Office. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  2. ^ "Ständige Wohnbevölkerung nach Staatsangehörigkeitskategorie Geschlecht und Gemeinde; Provisorische Jahresergebnisse; 2018". Federal Statistical Office. 9 April 2019. Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d e Swiss Federal Statistical Office accessed 17-Sep-2009
  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. ^ Brief Statistics for the half-canton (in German) accessed 15 September 2009
  6. ^ a b c Appenzell Outer Rhodes website (in German) accessed 15 September 2009