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Coat of arms of Nax
State : SwitzerlandSwitzerland Switzerland
Canton : Canton of ValaisCanton of Valais Valais (VS)
District : Hérensw
Municipal municipality : Mont Noblei2
Postal code : 1973
former BFS no. : 6086
Coordinates : 599 246  /  119.84 thousand coordinates: 46 ° 13 '48 "  N , 7 ° 25' 44"  O ; CH1903:  five hundred ninety-nine thousand two hundred forty-six  /  one hundred and nineteen thousand eight hundred and forty
Height : 1286  m above sea level M.
Area : 24.5  km²
Residents: 466 (December 31, 2010)
Population density : 19 inhabitants per km²
Nax, in the background the Dent de Perroc

Nax , in the background the Dent de Perroc

Nax (Switzerland)
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Parish before the merger on December 31, 2010
Saint-Maurice et Saint-Gothard church

Nax is a civic community with a civic council and until December 31, 2010 was a political municipality in the Hérens district in the French-speaking part of the canton of Valais in Switzerland .

Mont Noble


Nax is located on the north side of Mont Noble above the Rhone Valley . The neighboring municipalities of Nax are Vernamiège , Mase , Saint-Martin , Grône , Anniviers and Sitten .

Aerial photo (1955)


Population development
year 1850 1900 1950 2000 2010
Residents 361 483 516 383 466

Community merger

In the referendum on February 24, 2008, the planned merger of the three municipalities Vernamiège , Nax and Mase only narrowly failed . Nax and Mase said yes, but Vernamiège rejected the project with 67 to 61 votes. Another referendum took place on September 7, 2008, in which all three municipalities accepted the project. The new municipality of Mont-Noble was created on January 1st, 2011.

Economy and tourism

The local economy is shaped by agriculture. To develop a modest tourism and on private initiative a swing golf course was built.

A chair lift leads to the Dzorniva middle station below Mont Nobles . From there, two chairlifts built in 2012 and a ski lift on the west side of the mountain open up a small ski area with 30 km of marked ski slopes.



  • Catherine Raemi-Berthod: Les sanctuaires de Nax, Vernamiège, Mase et Saint-Martin (Val d'Hérens). Canton du Valais. (Swiss Art Guide, No. 617/619, Series 62). Society for Swiss Art History GSK. Bern 1997, ISBN 3-85782-617-7 .
  • Pierre Carruzzo: Nax. In: Historical Lexicon of Switzerland . 2017 .

Web links

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