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Bournens Coat of Arms
State : SwitzerlandSwitzerland Switzerland
Canton : Canton of VaudCanton of Vaud Vaud (VD)
District : Gros-de-Vaudw
BFS no. : 5472i1 f3 f4
Postal code : 1035
Coordinates : 532 958  /  161748 coordinates: 46 ° 36 '13 "  N , 6 ° 33' 49"  O ; CH1903:  five hundred thirty-two thousand nine hundred fifty-eight  /  161748
Height : 562  m above sea level M.
Height range : 486–618 m above sea level M.
Area : 3.91  km²
Residents: 402 (December 31, 2018)
Population density : 103 inhabitants per km²


Location of the municipality
Kanton Freiburg Kanton Freiburg Kanton Freiburg Bezirk Broye-Vully Bezirk Broye-Vully Bezirk Jura-Nord vaudois Bezirk Lausanne Bezirk Lavaux-Oron Bezirk Morges Bezirk Ouest lausannois Assens VD Bercher Bettens Bioley-Orjulaz Bottens Boulens Bournens Boussens VD Bretigny-sur-Morrens Cugy VD Daillens Echallens Essertines-sur-Yverdon Etagnières Fey VD Froideville VD Goumoëns Jorat-Menthue Lussery-Villars Mex VD Montanaire Montilliez Morrens Ogens Oppens Oulens-sous-Echallens Pailly VD Penthalaz Penthaz Penthéréaz Poliez-Pittet Rueyres VD Saint-Barthélemy VD Sullens Villars-le-Terroir Vuarrens Vufflens-la-VilleMap of Bournens
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Bournens is a municipality in the Gros-de-Vaud district in the canton of Vaud in Switzerland .


Bournens lies at 562  m above sea level. M. , 11 km north-north-west of the canton capital Lausanne (linear distance). The village extends on a slope sloping to the west in the Gros de Vaud , in the Vaud Central Plateau , east of the Venoge valley .

The area of ​​the municipal area of ​​3.9 km² comprises a section of the gently undulating plateau of the Gros de Vaud, the granary of the canton of Vaud. The community soil extends from the area Pra eastward over the slope of Bournens to the height of Treisy , on the 616  m above sea level. M. the highest point of the municipality is reached. In the northeast, the area extends into the Bois Joyon forest and the Champ Buet nature reserve , a moorland from which the Ruisseau de Malomba stream flows to the Venoge. This forms the northern border of Bournens. In 1997, 6% of the municipal area was settled, 17% forest and woodland, 75% agriculture and a little more than 1% was unproductive land.

Some individual farms belong to Bournens. The neighboring communities of Bournens are in the East Boussens , in the south Sullens , west Penthaz , northwest Daillens and north Bettens .


With 402 inhabitants (as of December 31, 2018) Bournens is one of the small communities in the canton of Vaud. 91.2% of the residents are French-speaking, 3.6% German-speaking and 2.4% speak Serbo-Croatian (as of 2000). The population of Bournens was 246 in 1850 and 210 in 1900. After the population had decreased to 143 by 1960, a significant increase in population has been observed since then.


Up until the second half of the 20th century, Bournens was predominantly an agricultural village. Even today, agriculture has an important role in the income structure of the population. Some other jobs are available in local small businesses and in the service sector. In the last few decades the village has developed into a residential community. Many employees are therefore commuters who work primarily in the greater Lausanne area.


The community is well developed in terms of traffic, although it is away from major thoroughfares. The Cossonay motorway junction on the A1 (Lausanne-Yverdon) opened in 1981 is around 1.5 km from the town. The Postbus course, which runs from Cossonay to Cheseaux-sur-Lausanne , connects Bournens to the public transport network.


The first written mention of the place took place in 1142 under the name Brunens , in 1479 the name Brugnens appeared . The place name goes back to the Burgundian personal name Brunengus . In the Middle Ages , the Canons of the Great Saint Bernhard maintained a small rural priory in Bournens. The village belonged to the Lords of Cossonay; The Lords of Vufflens also had a fief here .

With the conquest of Vaud by Bern in 1536, Bournens came under the administration of the Bailiwick of Morges . After the collapse of the Ancien Régime , the village belonged to the canton of Léman from 1798 to 1803 during the Helvetic Republic, which then became part of the canton of Vaud when the mediation constitution came into force . In 1798 it was assigned to the Cossonay district.


The Bournens chapel dates from the 15th century. The place belongs to the parish of Vufflens-la-Ville . The manor house was built in the 18th century, alongside some typical farmhouses from the 18th and 19th centuries.

Web links

Commons : Bournens  - 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 .