Port is a municipality
in the canton
, located in the Biel/Bienne administrative district
Port is first mentioned in 1228 as Port
Port has an area of . Of this area, 29.2% is used for agricultural purposes, while 30.5% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 36.6% is settled (buildings or roads) and the remainder (3.7%) is non-productive (rivers, glaciers or mountains).
The town lies on the Nidau-Büren channel
, which links Lake Biel
, dug out during the Jura water correction
. Since then the community has been split into two parts on either side of the canal. The regulating dam Port
, commissioned in 1939 and a small foot bridge, erected in the 1980s, connect both sides.
Port has a population (as of ) of . , 8.6% of the population was made up of foreign nationals. Over the last 10 years the population has grown at a rate of 15.3%. Most of the population () speaks German (83.9%), with French being second most common (10.9%) and Italian being third ( 1.6%).
In the 2007 election the most popular party was the SVP
which received 28.8% of the vote. The next three most popular parties were the SPS
(23.5%), the FDP
(23%) and the Green Party
The age distribution of the population () is children and teenagers (0–19 years old) make up 20.3% of the population, while adults (20–64 years old) make up 61.7% and seniors (over 64 years old) make up 18%. The... Read More