Coat of arms
Coordinates: 46°35′N 06°44′E / 46.583°N 6.733°E / 46.583; 6.733Coordinates: 46°35′N 06°44′E / 46.583°N 6.733°E / 46.583; 6.733
Country Switzerland
Canton Vaud
District Lavaux-Oron
  Mayor Syndic
Sylvie Robert-Progin
  Total 4.1 km2 (1.6 sq mi)
Elevation 797 m (2,615 ft)
Population (Dec 2015[2])
  Total 626
  Density 150/km2 (400/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Les Rossignolets
Postal code 1081, 1099
SFOS number 5792
Surrounded by Corcelles-le-Jorat, Ropraz, Carrouge (VD), Mézières (VD), Les Cullayes, Savigny, Lausanne, Froideville
Profile (French), SFSO statistics

Montpreveyres is a municipality in the district of Lavaux-Oron in the canton of Vaud in Switzerland.


Montpreveyres is first mentioned in 1154 as Monteproverio. In 1177 it was mentioned as Montpreuero. Then in 1167 and again in 1228 it was called Mons Presbiteri.[3]


Montpreveyres has an area, as of 2009, of 4.1 square kilometers (1.6 sq mi). Of this area, 1.67 km2 (0.64 sq mi) or 40.7% is used for agricultural purposes, while 2.05 km2 (0.79 sq mi) or 50.0% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 0.38 km2 (0.15 sq mi) or 9.3% is settled (buildings or roads) and 0.01 km2 (2.5 acres) or 0.2% is unproductive land.[4]

Of the built up area, housing and buildings made up 5.9% and transportation infrastructure made up 2.7%. Out of the forested land, all of the forested land area is covered with heavy forests. Of the agricultural land, 20.0% is used for growing crops and 19.0% is pastures, while 1.7% is used for orchards or vine crops.[4]

The municipality was part of the Oron District until it was dissolved on 31 August 2006, and Montpreveyres became part of the new district of Lavaux-Oron.[5]

The municipality is located on the eastern slopes of the Haut-Jorat region.

Coat of arms

The blazon of the municipal coat of arms is Azure, on two Hills as many Columns Argent, in chief Argent on a Branch Vert stantant a Nightingale proper.[6]


Montpreveyres has a population (as of December 2015) of 626.[7] As of 2008, 19.6% of the population are resident foreign nationals.[8] Over the last 10 years (1999–2009 ) the population has changed at a rate of 54.3%. It has changed at a rate of 42.5% due to migration and at a rate of 10.7% due to births and deaths.[9]

Most of the population (as of 2000) speaks French (355 or 95.2%), with German being second most common (9 or 2.4%) and Albanian being third (4 or 1.1%).[10]

The age distribution, as of 2009, in Montpreveyres is; 85 children or 15.9% of the population are between 0 and 9 years old and 68 teenagers or 12.7% are between 10 and 19. Of the adult population, 60 people or 11.2% of the population are between 20 and 29 years old. 91 people or 17.0% are between 30 and 39, 108 people or 20.2% are between 40 and 49, and 51 people or 9.6% are between 50 and 59. The senior population distribution is 31 people or 5.8% of the population are between 60 and 69 years old, 30 people or 5.6% are between 70 and 79, there are 9 people or 1.7% who are between 80 and 89, and there is 1 person who is 90 and older.[11]

As of 2000, there were 158 people who were single and never married in the municipality. There were 185 married individuals, 17 widows or widowers and 13 individuals who are divorced.[10]

As of 2000, there were 156 private households in the municipality, and an average of 2.4 persons per household.[9] There were 49 households that consist of only one person and 10 households with five or more people. Out of a total of 158 households that answered this question, 31.0% were households made up of just one person and there was 1 adult who lived with their parents. Of the rest of the households, there are 42 married couples without children, 54 married couples with children There were 6 single parents with a child or children. There were 4 households that were made up of unrelated people and 2 households that were made up of some sort of institution or another collective housing.[10]

In 2000 there were 65 single family homes (or 58.6% of the total) out of a total of 111 inhabited buildings. There were 19 multi-family buildings (17.1%), along with 22 multi-purpose buildings that were mostly used for housing (19.8%) and 5 other use buildings (commercial or industrial) that also had some housing (4.5%).[12]

In 2000, a total of 153 apartments (92.7% of the total) were permanently occupied, while 7 apartments (4.2%) were seasonally occupied and 5 apartments (3.0%) were empty.[12] As of 2009, the construction rate of new housing units was 0 new units per 1000 residents.[9] The vacancy rate for the municipality, in 2010, was 0%.[9]

The historical population is given in the following chart:[3][13]


In the 2007 federal election the most popular party was the SP which received 23.54% of the vote. The next three most popular parties were the Green Party (23.49%), the SVP (15.71%) and the CVP (9.94%). In the federal election, a total of 137 votes were cast, and the voter turnout was 44.3%.[14]


As of 2010, Montpreveyres had an unemployment rate of 3.5%. As of 2008, there were 7 people employed in the primary economic sector and about 3 businesses involved in this sector. 15 people were employed in the secondary sector and there were 3 businesses in this sector. 59 people were employed in the tertiary sector, with 15 businesses in this sector.[9] There were 196 residents of the municipality who were employed in some capacity, of which females made up 39.8% of the workforce.

In 2008 the total number of full-time equivalent jobs was 64. The number of jobs in the primary sector was 6, all of which were in agriculture. The number of jobs in the secondary sector was 13 of which 2 or (15.4%) were in manufacturing and 11 (84.6%) were in construction. The number of jobs in the tertiary sector was 45. In the tertiary sector; 19 or 42.2% were in wholesale or retail sales or the repair of motor vehicles, 7 or 15.6% were in a hotel or restaurant, 3 or 6.7% were technical professionals or scientists, 3 or 6.7% were in education and 1 was in health care.[15]

In 2000, there were 130 workers who commuted into the municipality and 152 workers who commuted away. The municipality is a net exporter of workers, with about 1.2 workers leaving the municipality for every one entering.[16] Of the working population, 14.8% used public transportation to get to work, and 67.3% used a private car.[9]


From the 2000 census, 83 or 22.3% were Roman Catholic, while 214 or 57.4% belonged to the Swiss Reformed Church. Of the rest of the population, there was 1 member of an Orthodox church, and there were 16 individuals (or about 4.29% of the population) who belonged to another Christian church. There were 7 (or about 1.88% of the population) who were Islamic. There were 2 individuals who were Buddhist and 1 individual who belonged to another church. 45 (or about 12.06% of the population) belonged to no church, are agnostic or atheist, and 12 individuals (or about 3.22% of the population) did not answer the question.[10]


In Montpreveyres about 131 or (35.1%) of the population have completed non-mandatory upper secondary education, and 71 or (19.0%) have completed additional higher education (either university or a Fachhochschule). Of the 71 who completed tertiary schooling, 56.3% were Swiss men, 33.8% were Swiss women and 7.0% were non-Swiss women.[10]

In the 2009/2010 school year there were a total of 86 students in the Montpreveyres school district. In the Vaud cantonal school system, two years of non-obligatory pre-school are provided by the political districts.[17] During the school year, the political district provided pre-school care for a total of 665 children of which 232 children (34.9%) received subsidized pre-school care. The canton's primary school program requires students to attend for four years. There were 52 students in the municipal primary school program. The obligatory lower secondary school program lasts for six years and there were 34 students in those schools.[18]

As of 2000, there were 18 students in Montpreveyres who came from another municipality, while 48 residents attended schools outside the municipality.[16]

Notes and references

  1. Arealstatistik Standard - Gemeindedaten nach 4 Hauptbereichen
  2. Swiss Federal Statistical Office - STAT-TAB, online database – Ständige und nichtständige Wohnbevölkerung nach institutionellen Gliederungen, Geburtsort und Staatsangehörigkeit (German) accessed 30 August 2016
  3. 1 2 Montpreveyres in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland.
  4. 1 2 Swiss Federal Statistical Office-Land Use Statistics 2009 data (German) accessed 25 March 2010
  5. Nomenklaturen – Amtliches Gemeindeverzeichnis der Schweiz (German) accessed 4 April 2011
  6. Flags of the accessed 08-August-2011
  7. Swiss Federal Statistical Office - STAT-TAB, online database – Ständige und nichtständige Wohnbevölkerung nach institutionellen Gliederungen, Geburtsort und Staatsangehörigkeit (German) accessed 30 August 2016
  8. Swiss Federal Statistical Office - Superweb database - Gemeinde Statistics 1981-2008 (German) accessed 19 June 2010
  9. 1 2 3 4 5 6 Swiss Federal Statistical Office accessed 08-August-2011
  10. 1 2 3 4 5 STAT-TAB Datenwürfel für Thema 40.3 - 2000 (German) accessed 2 February 2011
  11. Canton of Vaud Statistical Office (French) accessed 29 April 2011
  12. 1 2 Swiss Federal Statistical Office STAT-TAB - Datenwürfel für Thema 09.2 - Gebäude und Wohnungen (German) accessed 28 January 2011
  13. Swiss Federal Statistical Office STAT-TAB Bevölkerungsentwicklung nach Region, 1850-2000 (German) accessed 29 January 2011
  14. Swiss Federal Statistical Office, Nationalratswahlen 2007: Stärke der Parteien und Wahlbeteiligung, nach Gemeinden/Bezirk/Canton (German) accessed 28 May 2010
  15. Swiss Federal Statistical Office STAT-TAB Betriebszählung: Arbeitsstätten nach Gemeinde und NOGA 2008 (Abschnitte), Sektoren 1-3 (German) accessed 28 January 2011
  16. 1 2 Swiss Federal Statistical Office - Statweb (German) accessed 24 June 2010
  17. Organigramme de l'école vaudoise, année scolaire 2009-2010 (French) accessed 2 May 2011
  18. Canton of Vaud Statistical Office - Scol. obligatoire/filières de transition (French) accessed 2 May 2011
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