Le Vaud

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Le Vaud
Coat of arms of Le Vaud
State : SwitzerlandSwitzerland Switzerland
Canton : Canton of VaudCanton of Vaud Vaud (VD)
District : Nyonw
BFS no. : 5731i1 f3 f4
Postal code : 1261
Coordinates : 507610  /  148 065 coordinates: 46 ° 28 '39 "  N , 6 ° 14' 8"  O ; CH1903:  507610  /  148 065
Height : 815  m above sea level M.
Height range : 618–1377 m above sea level M.
Area : 3.11  km²
Residents: 1310 (December 31, 2018)
Population density : 421 inhabitants per km²
Website: www.levaud.ch
Village center

Village center

Location of the municipality
Genfersee Lac des Rousses Frankreich Frankreich Kanton Genf Kanton Genf Kanton Genf Bezirk Jura-Nord vaudois Bezirk Morges Arnex-sur-Nyon Arzier-Le Muids Bassins Begnins Bogis-Bossey Borex Bursinel Bursins Burtigny Chavannes-de-Bogis Chavannes-des-Bois Chéserex Coinsins Commugny Coppet Crans-près-Céligny Crassier Duillier Dully Essertines-sur-Rolle Eysins Founex Genolier Gilly VD Gingins Givrins Gland VD Grens Longirod Luins Marchissy Mies VD Mont-sur-Rolle Nyon Perroy VD Prangins La Rippe Rolle VD Saint-Cergue Saint-George Signy-Avenex Tannay VD Tartegnin Trélex Le Vaud Vich VD VinzelMap of Le Vaud
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Le Vaud is a municipality in the Nyon district in the canton of Vaud in Switzerland .


Le Vaud is 815  m above sea level. M. , 11 km north of the district capital Nyon (linear distance). The village extends on the southern slope of the Jura , between the Ruisseau du Geny in the west and Serine in the east, in a panoramic position around 450 m above the lake level of Lake Geneva .

Le Vaud, aerial view

The area of ​​the 3.1 km² municipal area includes a section on the southern slope of the Jura. The municipality is bordered by the valleys of the two brooks Ruisseau du Geny and Serine. The Geny flows into the Serine below Le Vaud. The Le Marais nature reserve is located in the Serine Valley . To the northwest, the community soil extends in a narrow corner up the wooded Jura slope to the ridge of the Mont-Tendre chain , on which at 1350  m above sea level. M. the highest point of Le Vaud is reached. In 1997, 18% of the municipal area was in settlements, 28% in forests and woodland, 53% in agriculture and a little less than 1% was unproductive land.

Several single-family house quarters belong to Le Vaud. The neighboring communities of Le Vaud are Bassins to the west, Begnins to the south, Burtigny to the east and Marchissy to the north .


With 1,310 inhabitants (as of December 31, 2018), Le Vaud is one of the medium-sized municipalities in the canton of Vaud. 80.0% of the residents are French-speaking, 8.2% English-speaking and 7.5% German-speaking (as of 2000). The population of Le Vaud was 190 in 1900. After 1970 (164 inhabitants) a rapid increase in population began with a six-fold increase in the number of inhabitants within 30 years.


Until the second half of the 20th century, Le Vaud was mainly an agricultural village. Today agriculture only plays a subordinate role as a source of income, it concentrates on cattle breeding and dairy farming . Further jobs are available in local trade and in the service sector. The Zoo de la Garenne has existed in Le Vaud since 1965 . In the last few decades the village has developed into a residential community thanks to its attractive location. Most of the employed are commuters who work mainly in Nyon and Geneva .


The community is located away from major thoroughfares, the main access is from Gland . The Gland motorway junction on the A1 (Geneva-Lausanne) is around 8 km from the town. The Postbus course, which runs from Nyon to Gimel , connects Le Vaud to the public transport network.


The Le Vaud parish council ( conseil communal ) has 45 members. The executive ( municipalité ), which is presided over by the community president ( syndic ), has five members . The authorities are elected for a five-year term, with the current term of office running from 2006 to 2011. Serge Beck has been the mayor since 1998 .


The first written mention of the current place name dates back to the year 1300. At that time the name Au Vaud appeared , later also Du Vaud . The name is derived from the vulgar Latin valdus ( forest ). Before 1300 the village was probably called full notary . In Le Vaud, the Cistercian Abbey of Bonmont had rich property. With the conquest of Vaud by Bern in 1536, the village came under the administration of the Bailiwick of Morges . The tax levies were still collected from Bonmont Castle. After the collapse of the Ancien Régime , Le Vaud 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 1803 it was assigned to the Nyon district.


  • Most of the church at Le Vaud dates from the 19th century. A few farmhouses from the 18th and 19th centuries have been preserved in the town center.
  • Zoo la Garenne , a zoo specializing in European predators and birds of prey.

Web links

Commons : Le Vaud  - 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. admin.ch . Federal Statistical Office (FSO), August 31, 2019, accessed on December 22, 2019 .