Dorf, Switzerland

Dorf, Switzerland
Dorf -
Country Switzerland Coat of Arms of Dorf
Canton Zurich
District Andelfingen
47°34.319′N 8°38.882′E / 47.571983°N 8.648033°E / 47.571983; 8.648033Coordinates: 47°34.319′N 8°38.882′E / 47.571983°N 8.648033°E / 47.571983; 8.648033
Population 633 (Dec 2010)[1]
- Density 114 /km2 (295 /sq mi)
Area  5.55 km2 (2.14 sq mi)
Elevation 426 m (1,398 ft)
Postal code 8458
SFOS number 0026
Surrounded by Andelfingen, Buch am Irchel, Humlikon, Neftenbach, Volken
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Dorf is a municipality in the district of Andelfingen in the canton of Zürich in Switzerland. The German word Dorf means “village”.



Dorf is first mentioned in 1044 as Dorf, though the document that mentions this is a copy from 1347.[2]



Because Dorf simply means village in German, there are a number of Dorfs throughout Switzerland, Germany and Austria. In Switzerland, Dorf is the only municipality with this name. There are a number of smaller villages or hamlets with either an entire name of Dorf/Dorfli or ending in -dorf.


Dorf has an area of 5.5 km2 (2.1 sq mi). Of this area, 52.7% is used for agricultural purposes, while 40.6% is forested. The rest of the land, (6.7%) is settled.[3]

The municipality is located at the entrance to the Flaacker river valley.


Dorf has a population (as of 31 December 2010) of 633.[1] As of 2007, 6.7% of the population was made up of foreign nationals. Over the last 10 years the population has grown at a rate of 20.3%. Most of the population (as of 2000) speaks German (95.4%), with English being second most common ( 1.3%) and Serbo-Croatian being third ( 1.3%).

In the 2007 election the most popular party was the SVP which received 55.5% of the vote. The next three most popular parties were the SPS (9.5%), the local small left-wing parties (9%) and the CSP (8.5%).

The age distribution of the population (as of 2000) is children and teenagers (0–19 years old) make up 27.3% of the population, while adults (20–64 years old) make up 63.9% and seniors (over 64 years old) make up 8.8%. The entire Swiss population is generally well educated. In Dorf about 84.6% of the population (between age 25-64) have completed either non-mandatory upper secondary education or additional higher education (either university or a Fachhochschule).

Dorf has an unemployment rate of 1.2%. As of 2005, there were 42 people employed in the primary economic sector and about 14 businesses involved in this sector. 30 people are employed in the secondary sector and there are nine businesses in this sector. 73 people are employed in the tertiary sector, with 15 businesses in this sector.[3] The historical population is given in the following table:[2]

year population
1467 50
1634 187
1850 413
1900 336
1950 295
1970 280
2000 593

Dorf in popular fiction

  • Dorf is mentioned in Jostein Gaarder's Solitaire Mystery.


  1. ^ a b Canton of Zurich Statistical Office (German) accessed 29 March 2011
  2. ^ a b Dorf in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland.
  3. ^ a b Swiss Federal Statistical Office accessed 27-Jul-2009

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