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Coordinates: 47°42′N 8°43′E / 47.700°N 8.717°E / 47.700; 8.717Coordinates: 47°42′N 8°43′E / 47.700°N 8.717°E / 47.700; 8.717
 • Total5.82 km2 (2.25 sq mi)
451 m (1,480 ft)
 • Total1,028
 • Density180/km2 (460/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (Central European Time)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (Central European Summer Time)
Postal code(s)
SFOS number2915
Surrounded byBüsingen am Hochrhein (DE-BW), Diessenhofen (TG), Gailingen am Hochrhein (DE-BW), Gottmadingen (DE-BW), Schaffhausen, Thayngen
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Dörflingen is a village and a municipality in the canton of Schaffhausen in Switzerland. It borders a short strip of the north shore of the Rhine.


Dörflingen is first mentioned in 1264 as Dorfelingen.[3]


Dörflingen from the air
Dörflingen from the air
Aerial view (1953)
Aerial view (1953)

Dörflingen has an area, as of 2006, of 5.8 km2 (2.2 sq mi). Of this area, 64.3% is used for agricultural purposes, while 26.9% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 7.5% is settled (buildings or roads) and the remainder (1.4%) is non-productive (rivers or lakes).[4]

Dörflingen is located in the Reiat district, about 6 km (3.7 mi) east of Schaffhausen and has two separate international borders with Germany, one of which being with the German exclave of Büsingen am Hochrhein.


Dörflingen has an unemployment rate of 1.02%. As of 2005, there were 60 people employed in the primary economic sector and about 26 businesses involved in this sector. 68 people are employed in the secondary sector and there are 9 businesses in this sector. 56 people are employed in the tertiary sector, with 14 businesses in this sector.[4]

As of 2008 the mid year average unemployment rate was 1.3%. There were 22 non-agrarian businesses in the municipality and 64.2% of the (non-agrarian) population was involved in the secondary sector of the economy while 35.8% were involved in the third. At the same time, 72.4% of the working population was employed full-time, and 27.6% was employed part-time. There were 123 residents of the municipality who were employed in some capacity, of which females made up 26% of the workforce. As of 2000 there were 81 residents who worked in the municipality, while 319 residents worked outside Dörflingen and 41 people commuted into the municipality for work.[5]

As of 2008, there is 1 restaurant and the hospitality industry in Dörflingen employs 7 people.[5]


Dörflingen has a population (as of 31 December 2019) of 1,031.[6] In 2008 a total of 11.6% of the population were foreign nationals. Of the foreign population, (as of 2008), 53.2% are from Germany, 13.8% are from Italy, 1.1% are from Croatia, 1.1% are from Serbia, and 30.9% are from another country.[5] Over the last 10 years the population has grown at a rate of 3.9%. Most of the population (as of 2000) speaks German (96.6%), with Italian being second most common (1.4%) and Serbo-Croatian being third (0.8%).[4]

The age distribution of the population (as of 2008) is children and teenagers (0–19 years old) make up 22.7% of the population, while adults (20–64 years old) make up 62.9% and seniors (over 64 years old) make up 14.4%.[5]

In the 2007 federal election the most popular party was the SVP which received 42.9% of the vote. The next two most popular parties were the SP (28.7%), and the FDP (28.3%) .[4]

The entire Swiss population is generally well educated. In Dörflingen about 86.2% of the population (between age 25-64) have completed either non-mandatory upper secondary education or additional higher education (either university or a Fachhochschule).[4] In Dörflingen, as of 2007, 1.4% of the population attend kindergarten or another pre-school, 7.11% attend a Primary School, 4.82% attend a lower level Secondary School, and 3.17% attend a higher level Secondary School.[5]

Dörflingen village church
Dörflingen village church

As of 2000, 18.9% of the population belonged to the Roman Catholic Church and 61.7% belonged to the Swiss Reformed Church.[5]

The historical population is given in the following table:[3]

year population
1689 396
1704 340
1850 560
1900 426
1930 418
1950 458
1990 582
2000 785


The village of Dörflingen is designated as part of the Inventory of Swiss Heritage Sites.[7]


Dörflingen seen from Buck
The "Seeli", a pond between Dörflingen and Randegg
The "Seeli", a pond between Dörflingen and Randegg


  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 Dörflingen in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland.
  4. ^ a b c d e Swiss Federal Statistical Office Archived 5 January 2016 at the Wayback Machine accessed 8 December 2009
  5. ^ a b c d e f Statistical Office of the Canton of Schaffhausen (in German) accessed 2 December 2009
  6. ^ "Ständige und nichtständige Wohnbevölkerung nach institutionellen Gliederungen, Geburtsort und Staatsangehörigkeit". bfs.admin.ch (in German). Swiss Federal Statistical Office - STAT-TAB. 31 December 2019. Retrieved 6 October 2020.
  7. ^ ISOS site accessed 8 December 2009
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