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Location of Schönengrund
Schönengrund is located in Switzerland
Schönengrund is located in Canton of Appenzell Ausserrhoden
Coordinates: 47°19′N 9°13′E / 47.317°N 9.217°E / 47.317; 9.217Coordinates: 47°19′N 9°13′E / 47.317°N 9.217°E / 47.317; 9.217
CantonAppenzell Ausserrhoden
 • Total5.21 km2 (2.01 sq mi)
844 m (2,769 ft)
 • Total533
 • Density100/km2 (260/sq mi)
Postal code
SFOS number3003
Surrounded byHemberg (SG), Sankt Peterzell (SG), Schwellbrunn, Urnäsch
SFSO statistics

Schönengrund is a municipality in the canton of Appenzell Ausserrhoden in Switzerland.


Schönengrund seen from the side of Hochhamm mountain (not pictured), May 2004.
Aerial view from 100 m by Walter Mittelholzer (1920)

Schönengrund has an area, as of 2006, of 5.2 km2 (2.0 sq mi). Of this area, 65.5% is used for agricultural purposes, while 30.1% is forested. The rest of the land, (4.4%) is settled.[3]


Schönengrund has a population (as of 2008) of 488, of which about 3.4% are foreign nationals.[4] Over the last 10 years the population has decreased at a rate of -0.6%. Most of the population (as of 2000) speaks German (97.8%), with Serbo-Croatian being second most common ( 0.9%) and Spanish being third ( 0.4%).[3]

As of 2000, the gender distribution of the population was 50.8% male and 49.2% female.[5] The age distribution, as of 2000, in Schönengrund is; 45 people or 9.8% of the population are between 0–6 years old. 73 people or 15.9% are 6-15, and 23 people or 5.0% are 16-19. Of the adult population, 21 people or 4.6% of the population are between 20–24 years old. 130 people or 28.3% are 25-44, and 108 people or 23.5% are 45-64. The senior population distribution is 46 people or 10.0% of the population are between 65–79 years old, and 13 people or 2.8% are over 80.[5]

In the 2007 federal election the FDP received 77.9% of the vote.[3]

In Schönengrund about 70.1% of the population (between age 25-64) have completed either non-mandatory upper secondary education or additional higher education (either university or a Fachhochschule).[3]

Schönengrund has an unemployment rate of 1.35%. As of 2005, there were 57 people employed in the primary economic sector and about 28 businesses involved in this sector. 20 people are employed in the secondary sector and there are 7 businesses in this sector. 49 people are employed in the tertiary sector, with 17 businesses in this sector.[3]

The historical population is given in the following table:[5]

Historical population
1980 404—    
1990 434+7.4%
2000 459+5.8%
2005 471+2.6%
2007 469−0.4%


Schönengrund attracts tourists both during the winter and summer. During winter downhill skiing, snowboarding and cross-country skiing are offered. During the summer, hiking attracts tourists.


  1. ^ a b "Arealstatistik Standard - Gemeinden nach 4 Hauptbereichen". Federal Statistical Office. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  2. ^ "Ständige Wohnbevölkerung nach Staatsangehörigkeitskategorie Geschlecht und Gemeinde; Provisorische Jahresergebnisse; 2018". Federal Statistical Office. 9 April 2019. Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d e Swiss Federal Statistical Office accessed 17-Sep-2009
  4. ^ Brief Statistics for the half-canton Archived 2011-06-12 at the Wayback Machine (in German) accessed 15 September 2009
  5. ^ a b c Appenzell Outer Rhodes website Archived 2009-09-13 at the Wayback Machine (in German) accessed 15 September 2009

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