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Bennwil coat of arms
State : SwitzerlandSwitzerland Switzerland
Canton : Canton of Basel-CountryCanton of Basel-Country Basel-Country (BL)
District : Waldenburg
BFS no. : 2882i1 f3 f4
Postal code : 4431
Coordinates : 625771  /  250 317 coordinates: 47 ° 24 '11 "  N , 7 ° 46' 48"  O ; CH1903:  625771  /  250,317
Height : 515  m above sea level M.
Height range : 483-1041 m above sea level M.
Area : 6.53  km²
Residents: 664 (December 31, 2018)
Population density : 102 inhabitants per km²


Location of the municipality
Kanton Solothurn Bezirk Liestal Bezirk Sissach Arboldswil Bennwil Bretzwil Diegten Eptingen Hölstein Lampenberg Langenbruck Lauwil Liedertswil Niederdorf BL Oberdorf BL Reigoldswil Titterten Waldenburg BLMap of Bennwil
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Bennwil ( Swiss German : Bämbel ) is a municipality in the Waldenburg district of the canton of Basel-Landschaft in Switzerland .


Historical aerial photo by Werner Friedli (1953)

Bennwil lies at 515 m above sea level. M. in a valley between the Waldenburgertal and the Diegtertal in the southeast of the canton. Its neighboring communities are Hölstein , Niederdorf , Oberdorf , Langenbruck , Eptingen and Diegten .


The village was founded by the Alemanni in the 8th century . The place was first mentioned as Bendewilere in 1189 and was given to the Benedictine monastery Schöntal near Langenbruck by Count Hermann II von Frohburg . When the monastery was closed in 1528, the village passed to Basel. On April 29, 1617, the church, 8 houses and two barns burned down to their foundations and were rebuilt.

coat of arms

A silver, nimbly Agnus Dei on a blue background, holding the shouldered victory flag with the left forefoot: On a golden pole ending in a cross, a silver banner with a red cross ending in two corners. The coat of arms recalls the former relationship with Schönthal Abbey .


Agriculture is still the mainstay of this community and thanks to its unspoilt nature it is also in a popular hiking area.


The community can be reached from Hölstein and the Waldenburgerbahn train station with a half-hour postbus course through the Gürblental.




Web links

Commons : Bennwil  - 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 .