Port, Berne

Port, Berne

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Port, Berne

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Port is a municipality in the canton of Bern in Switzerland, located in the Biel/Bienne administrative district.

History

Port is first mentioned in 1228 as Port.

Geography

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 with Solothurn, 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.

Demographics



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 (9.4%).

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...
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