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Bagnes coat of arms
State : SwitzerlandSwitzerland Switzerland
Canton : Canton of ValaisCanton of Valais Valais (VS)
District : Entremont
BFS no. : 6031i1 f3 f4
Postal code : 1934 (Le Châble)
UN / LOCODE : CH LCA (Le Châble)
CH VER (Verbier)
Coordinates : 582 433  /  103219 coordinates: 46 ° 4 '49 "  N , 7 ° 12' 42"  O ; CH1903:  five hundred and eighty-two thousand four hundred and thirty-three  /  103219
Height : 820  m above sea level M.
Height range : 774–4312 m above sea level M.
Area : 284.10  km²
Residents: 8096 (December 31, 2018)
Population density : 28 inhabitants per km²


Location of the municipality
Lac de Salanfe Lac d’Emosson Lac Supérieur de Fully Lac des Vaux Lac de Cleuson Lac de Grand Désert Lac de Louvie Lac des Dix Lac de Mauvoisin Lac des Toules Lac de Champex Lago di Place Moulin Italien Frankreich Bezirk Conthey Bezirk Hérens Bezirk Martigny Bezirk Monthey Bezirk Saint-Maurice Bezirk Sitten Bagnes Liddes Bourg-Saint-Pierre Liddes Orsières Sembrancher VollègesMap of Bagnes
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Bagnes ( German formerly Bangis ) is a political municipality and a civil parish in the district of Entremont in the canton of Valais in Switzerland . The main town of the municipality is Le Châble. Another place is the Verbier winter sports area .


Aerial photo (1964)

At 282.2 km², Bagnes is one of the largest municipalities in Switzerland in terms of area.

The municipality occupies a major part of the Val de Bagnes . The Dranse de Bagnes flows through this valley and drains the Lac de Mauvoisin reservoir .

It consists of numerous villages and hamlets. There is no actual village center; the municipal administration is located in Le Châble. Only 1.9% of the municipality is settlement area, the largest part is mountain area. The municipality lies on the border with Italy and consists of the districts of Val de Bagnes, Bruson, Champsec, Cotterg, Fionnay, Le Châble, Les Morgnes, Lourtier, Medières, Mauvoisin, Montagnier, Prarreyer, Sarreyer, Verbier, Versegères and Villette.

The neighboring municipalities are Vollèges , Sembrancher , Saxon VS , Riddes , Nendaz , Hérémence , Evolène , Italy , Bourg-Saint-Pierre , Liddes , Orsières .


Population development
year 1850 1900 1950 2000 2010 2012 2014 2016
Residents 4278 4121 3609 6536 7726 7834 8079 8073

87.42% speak French, 3.76% Portuguese and 2.72% English.

Politics and administration

Bagnes has a parliament, which is elected for a term of office of four years by proportional representation. The general council ( conseil general ) consists of 45 people. The municipal council ( conseil communal ) is the eleven-member executive and is elected in the same way as parliament. There are also two community judges.


The economy is shaped by tourism. Agriculture employs 11% of the workforce, industry 28% and the service sector 61%.






Web links

Commons : Bagnes  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Permanent and non-permanent resident population by year, canton, district, municipality, population type and gender (permanent resident population). In: bfs. . Federal Statistical Office (FSO), August 31, 2019, accessed on December 22, 2019 .
  2. Commune de Bagnes: Conseillers generaux , accessed on November 17, 2015
  3. Commune de Bagnes: Conseillers communaux , accessed on November 17, 2015
  4. Commune de Bagnes: Pouvoir judiciaire , accessed November 17, 2015
  5. ^ Groundbreaking ceremony for the new train station in Le Châble takes place In: of 26 August 2016