Wangenried is a municipality in the Oberaargau administrative district in the canton of Bern in Switzerland.

Coat of arms of Wangenried
Coat of arms
Location of Wangenried
Wangenried is located in Switzerland
Wangenried is located in Canton of Bern
Coordinates: 47°13′N 7°39′E / 47.217°N 7.650°E / 47.217; 7.650Coordinates: 47°13′N 7°39′E / 47.217°N 7.650°E / 47.217; 7.650
 • ExecutiveGemeinderat
with 5 members
 • MayorGemeindepräsident
 • Total2.91 km2 (1.12 sq mi)
473 m (1,552 ft)
 • Total426
 • Density150/km2 (380/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (Central European Time)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (Central European Summer Time)
Postal code(s)
SFOS number0993
Surrounded byDeitingen (SO), Inkwil, Röthenbach bei Herzogenbuchsee, Subingen (SO), Walliswil bei Wangen, Wangen an der Aare
SFSO statistics


Aerial view by Walter Mittelholzer (1923)

Wangenried has an area of 2.9 km2 (1.1 sq mi). Of this area, 67.9% is used for agricultural purposes, while 24.1% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 6.9% is settled (buildings or roads) and the remainder (1%) is non-productive (rivers, glaciers or mountains).[3]


Wangenried has a population (as of 31 December 2019) of 405.[4] As of 2007, 3.5% of the population was made up of foreign nationals. Over the last 10 years the population has grown at a rate of 6.1%. Most of the population (as of 2000) speaks German (97.9%), with Italian being second most common ( 0.8%) and French being third ( 0.5%).

In the 2007 election the most popular party was the SVP which received 53.1% of the vote. The next three most popular parties were the SPS (17.4%), the FDP (10.8%) and the local small left-wing parties (6.6%).

The age distribution of the population (as of 2000) is children and teenagers (0–19 years old) make up 23% of the population, while adults (20–64 years old) make up 61.3% and seniors (over 64 years old) make up 15.7%. In Wangenried about 76.9% of the population (between age 25-64) have completed either non-mandatory upper secondary education or additional higher education (either university or a Fachhochschule).

Wangenried has an unemployment rate of 0.66%. As of 2005, there were 36 people employed in the primary economic sector and about 13 businesses involved in this sector. 46 people are employed in the secondary sector and there are 3 businesses in this sector. 42 people are employed in the tertiary sector, with 7 businesses in this sector.[3]


  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 Swiss Federal Statistical Office accessed 22-Jul-2009
  4. ^ "Ständige und nichtständige Wohnbevölkerung nach institutionellen Gliederungen, Geburtsort und Staatsangehörigkeit". (in German). Swiss Federal Statistical Office - STAT-TAB. 31 December 2019. Retrieved 6 October 2020.