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Bonstetten, Switzerland

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Coordinates: 47°19′N 8°28′E / 47.317°N 8.467°E / 47.317; 8.467Coordinates: 47°19′N 8°28′E / 47.317°N 8.467°E / 47.317; 8.467
 • Total7.42 km2 (2.86 sq mi)
543 m (1,781 ft)
 • Total5,543
 • Density750/km2 (1,900/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (Central European Time)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (Central European Summer Time)
Postal code(s)
SFOS number0003
Surrounded byAesch bei Birmensdorf, Birmensdorf, Hedingen, Islisberg (AG), Stallikon, Wettswil am Albis
Twin townsBonstetten (Germany)
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Bonstetten is a village in the district of Affoltern in the canton of Zürich in Switzerland.


Aerial view by Walter Mittelholzer (1923)
Aerial view by Walter Mittelholzer (1923)

Bonstetten is first mentioned in 1120 as Buonstetin, though this reference is debated. In 1184 it was mentioned as Bowensteden.[3]


Bonstetten has an area of 7.4 km2 (2.9 sq mi). Of this area, 57.3% is used for agricultural purposes, while 29.2% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 13.3% is settled (buildings or roads) and the remainder (0.1%) is non-productive (rivers, glaciers or mountains).[4]


Bonstetten has a population (as of 31 December 2019) of 5,572. [5] As of 2007, 11.5% of the population was made up of foreign nationals. Over the last 10 years the population has grown at a rate of 32.6%. Most of the population (as of 2000) speaks German (90.6%), with English being second most common ( 2.2%) and Italian being third ( 1.9%). In the 2007 election the most popular party was the SVP which received 30.6% of the vote. The next three most popular parties were the SPS (20.4%), the FDP (17.2%) and the CSP (12.4%).

The age distribution of the population (as of 2000) is children and teenagers (0–19 years old) make up 24.5% of the population, while adults (20–64 years old) make up 67.2% and seniors (over 64 years old) make up 8.2%. In Bonstetten about 86.5% of the population (between age 25-64) have completed either non-mandatory upper secondary education or additional higher education (either university or a Fachhochschule).

Bonstetten has an unemployment rate of 1.62%. As of 2005, there were 101 people employed in the primary economic sector and about 25 businesses involved in this sector. 95 people are employed in the secondary sector and there are 26 businesses in this sector. 543 people are employed in the tertiary sector, with 112 businesses in this sector.[4] The historical population is given in the following table:[3]

year population
1635 495
1712 612
1850 887
1900 691
1920 649
1950 888
1960 1,180
2000 3,893


Bonstetten-Wettswil railway station is a stop of the Zürich S-Bahn on the lines S9 and S15. It is a 23-minute ride from Zürich Hauptbahnhof.


  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 Bonstetten in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland.
  4. ^ a b Swiss Federal Statistical Office Archived January 5, 2016, at the Wayback Machine accessed 22-Jul-2009
  5. ^ "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.

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