|Canton :||Vaud (VD)|
|BFS no. :||5631|
|Postal code :||1135|
|Height range :||430-521 m above sea level M.|
|Area :||3.30 km²|
|Residents:||747 (December 31, 2018)|
|Population density :||226 inhabitants per km²|
|Location of the municipality|
Denens is located at Morges (linear distance). The former farming village extends on the edge of a plateau between the valleys of Boiron de Morges and Morges , in the Vaud Central Plateau , in a panoramic position around 120 m above lake level of Lake Geneva ., 3 km west-northwest of the district capital
The area of the 3.3 km² municipal area includes a section in the hinterland of Morges. The community soil extends from the flat area west of Morges to the extensive plateau of Denens, on which atthe highest point of the municipality is reached. In 1997, 10% of the municipal area was accounted for by settlements, 2% for forests and woodlands and 88% for agriculture.
Denens includes two larger residential areas to the west and east of the old town center and several individual courtyards. Neighboring municipalities to Denens are Vufflens-le-Château , Lully , Lussy-sur-Morges , Villars-sous-Yens , Yens and Bussy-Chardonney .
With 747 inhabitants (as of December 31, 2018), Denens is one of the smaller municipalities in the canton of Vaud. 88.6% of the residents are French-speaking, 5.3% German-speaking and 1.6% English-speaking (as of 2000). The population of Denens was 269 in 1850 and 225 in 1900. After the population had decreased to 189 inhabitants by 1960, a rapid increase in population with a tripling of the population within 40 years has been recorded.
Until the second half of the 20th century, Denens was a predominantly agricultural village. Even today, the have farming and fruit growing an important role in the employment structure of the population. On the southern slopes below the village, wine is grown on an area of around 40 hectares . Further 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 thanks to its attractive location. Many workers are therefore commuters who work mainly in Morges and Lausanne.
The community has good transport connections. It is located on the main road Morges - Bière . The Morges-Ouest motorway junction on the A1 (Geneva-Lausanne) opened in 1964 is around 3 km from Denens. Denens is connected to the public transport network via the Postbus course, which runs from Morges to Lavigny .
The place was first mentioned in a document in 1005 under the name of Disnens . After the current name was first handed down in 1164, the names Dignens (1220), Digneins (1228) and Dynens (1453) also appeared. The place name goes back to the personal name Diso or Disin and means for the people of the Diso .
Since the Middle Ages Denens belonged to the lordship of Vufflens-le-Château. Around 1300 it fell to Savoy . With the conquest of Vaud by Bern in 1536, the village came under the administration of the Bailiwick of Morges . After the collapse of the Ancien Régime , Denens 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 Morges district.
The parish church of Saint-Lazare in Denens was first mentioned in 1177. It belonged to the Canons of the Great Saint Bernard. The current building dates largely from the 15th century. The castle, built under Louis of Savoy in the 14th century, was converted into a palace in the 17th century; Parts of the defense system have been preserved from the medieval construction. In the center there are some farmhouses from the 18th and 19th centuries.
- Official website of the municipality of Denens (French)
- François Béboux: Denens. In: Historical Lexicon of Switzerland .
- Aerial photography
- Permanent and non-permanent resident population by year, canton, district, municipality, population type and gender (permanent resident population). In: bfs. admin.ch . Federal Statistical Office (FSO), August 31, 2019, accessed on December 22, 2019 .