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Coat of arms of Mettembert
State : SwitzerlandSwitzerland Switzerland
Canton : Canton of JuraCanton of Jura Law (JU)
District : Delémontw
BFS no. : 6716i1 f3 f4
Postal code : 2806
Coordinates : 591 214  /  249916 coordinates: 47 ° 24 '0 "  N , 7 ° 19' 20"  O ; CH1903:  five hundred and ninety-one thousand two hundred fourteen  /  249916
Height : 660  m above sea level M.
Height range : 463–812 m above sea level M.
Area : 2.34  km²
Residents: 107 (December 31, 2018)
Population density : 46 inhabitants per km²
Location of the municipality
Frankreich Kanton Bern Kanton Bern Kanton Solothurn Kanton Solothurn Kanton Solothurn Kanton Basel-Landschaft Bezirk Freiberge Pruntrut (Bezirk) Boécourt Bourrignon Châtillon JU Courchapoix Courrendlin Courroux Courtételle Delémont Develier Ederswiler Haute-Sorne Mervelier Mettembert Movelier Pleigne Rossemaison Saulcy Soyhières Val Terbi JUMap of Mettembert
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Mettembert is a municipality in the Delémont district in the canton of Jura in Switzerland . Earlier German names were Mettenberg and Mettemberg . The latter designation was also the official municipality name until 1984.


Mettembert is 660  m above sea level. M. , 4 km north-northwest of the canton capital Delémont (air line). The farming village extends on a terrace sloping to the south over the valley of Mettembert, in the hilly zone of the northern Jura .

The area of ​​the very narrow but elongated municipality covers 2.4 km². It extends from the deeply incised Ruisseau de Mettembert brook to the north over the meadow-lined terrace to the narrow ridge of the Ordon, which runs in a west-east direction . The highest point of Mettembert is in the area of Sur le Pré at 811  m above sea level. M. The eastern boundary is the Klus the Combe de Movelier . The municipal area is drained from the Mettembert Bach east to the Birs . In 1997, 7% of the municipal area was accounted for by settlements, 54% for forests and trees and 39% for agriculture.

Several individual farms belong to Mettembert. The neighboring municipalities of Mettembert are Delémont , Pleigne , Movelier and Soyhières .


With 107 inhabitants (as of December 31, 2018), Mettembert is one of the small communities in the canton of Jura. 85.3% of the residents are French-speaking, 12.1% German-speaking and 1.7% Italian-speaking (as of 2000). The population of Mettembert was 113 in 1850 and 104 in 1900. After a low in 1980 with 63 inhabitants, a significant increase in population has been recorded since then.


The community is still strongly characterized by agriculture, there are hardly any jobs outside the agricultural sector in the village. Many employees (around 60%) are therefore commuters and work mainly in the Delémont region.


Mettembert is located off the main roads, on a local road that leads from Soyhières to Pleigne. The municipality is connected to public transport by a bus line that runs from Delémont to Pleigne .


The place is mentioned for the first time in 1170 as Mettenberc and belonged to the monastery Kleinlützel . In 1287 Mettembert came to the principality of Basel . From 1793 to 1815 Mettembert belonged to France and was initially part of the Département du Mont-Terrible , from 1800 connected with the Département Haut-Rhin . By decision of the Congress of Vienna , the place came to the canton of Bern in 1815 and on January 1, 1979 to the newly founded canton of Jura. The municipality was officially called Mettemberg until 1984 , when the spelling was adapted to the French pronunciation.

Mettembert belongs to the parish Movelier , but has its own small chapel on the western edge of the village.


Web links

Commons : Mettembert  - 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 .