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Vulbens (France)
region Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Department Haute-Savoie
Arrondissement Saint-Julien-en-Genevois
Canton Saint-Julien-en-Genevois
Community association Genevois
Coordinates 46 ° 6 ′  N , 5 ° 56 ′  E Coordinates: 46 ° 6 ′  N , 5 ° 56 ′  E
height 327-920 m
surface 12.53 km 2
Residents 1,588 (January 1, 2017)
Population density 127 inhabitants / km 2
Post Code 74520
INSEE code

Vulbens is a French commune in the department of Haute-Savoie in the region of Auvergne Rhône-Alpes .


Vulbens is located at 484  m , about 20 kilometers southwest of the city of Geneva (as the crow flies). The village extends on the southwestern edge of the Geneva Basin, south of the Rhone at the eastern foot of the Montagne de Vuache , in the Genevois , near the border with Switzerland .

The area of ​​the 12.53 square kilometers large municipal area includes a section of the Genevois. The northern border runs along the Rhône, which is dammed up in front of the upper entrance to the Défilé de l'Écluse to form a long flat lake with alluvial islands. From here the community area extends southwards over the valley meadows and a roughly 100 meter high, relatively steep slope onto the adjacent high plateau. The northern part of this plateau is occupied by the Bois de Collogny forest , the southern part of agricultural land. The Vulbens plateau is subdivided by several short erosion valleys ; the eastern border forms the Ruisseau de Vosogne . To the south-west, the communal soil extends to the densely wooded, narrow ridge of the Montagne de Vuache, on which Vulben's highest elevation is reached at 920  m .

In addition to the actual village, Vulbens also includes the settlements of La Fontaine ( 510  m ) above and Faramaz ( 486  m ) east of the village. Neighboring communities of Vulbens are Valleiry in the east, Dingy-en-Vuache in the south, Clarafond-Arcine and Chevrier in the west, Collonges and Pougny in the north and the Swiss community Chancy in the northeast.


The place is first mentioned in writing in the 11th century under the name villa Wulbeengi . The names Vurbens and Virbens appeared later . The origin of the place name is not clearly established. Wulbeengi could be interpreted as a modification of Wilbadingi , whereby the latter means about as much as for the people of Willibad . In the Middle Ages , Vulbens formed its own small rule, which was subordinate to the Counts of Geneva in the 13th century.


The village church originally dates from the 13th century, but was largely rebuilt and enlarged in the 19th century, including the old choir. Among the secular buildings, the Château de la Tour (mostly from the 17th century, parts of the previous building from the 13th century) and the Château de Faramaz (17th century) should be mentioned.


year Residents
1962 503
1968 511
1975 552
1982 667
1990 751
1999 784
2005 845

With 1588 inhabitants (as of January 1, 2017) Vulbens is one of the small communities in the Haute-Savoie department. There has been a significant increase in population since the mid-1970s. Numerous single-family houses were built outside of the old town center.

Economy and Infrastructure

Until well into the 20th century, Vulbens was a predominantly agricultural village. Today there are various local small businesses. A large number of employed people are also commuters who work in the larger towns in the area, but especially in the Geneva-Annemasse area.

The village is very well developed in terms of traffic. It is on the main road N206 , which leads from Annemasse via Saint-Julien-en-Genevois to Bellegarde-sur-Valserine . The A40 motorway also crosses the municipality, but the next connection is around 15 kilometers away. The place also had a train station on the Bellegarde – Annemasse line .

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