Château-d'Œx facts for kids
|• Total||113.71 km2 (43.90 sq mi)|
|Elevation||958 m (3,143 ft)|
|Population (Dec 2015 )|
|• Density||29.953/km2 (77.579/sq mi)|
|Surrounded by||Charmey (FR), Grandvillard (FR), Gsteig bei Gstaad (BE), Haut-Intyamon (FR), Ormont-Dessous, Ormont-Dessus, Rossinière, Rougemont, Saanen (BE), Villeneuve|
In 1935, the Dutch painter M.C. Escher and his wife Jutta decided to leave Italy, where they had lived for many years, after their nine-year-old son was forced to join the Fascist Ballila Youth Movement. They found refuge in Switzerland and lived for two years in Château-d'Œx.
Château-d'Œx has a population of 3,406. As of 2008[update], 19.1% of the population are resident foreign nationals. Over the last 10 years (1999–2009 ) the population has changed at a rate of 5%. It has changed at a rate of 8.8% due to migration and at a rate of -3.6% due to births and deaths.
Most of the population (as of 2000[update]) speaks French (2,611 or 88.5%), with German being second most common (105 or 3.6%) and English being third (71 or 2.4%). There are 19 people who speak Italian.
The world-famous "Balloon Week" has been held each year since 1979 in the last week of January. Up to 100 balloonists gather for the festival each year. The Breitling Orbiter 3, the first hot air balloon to circumnavigate the earth, took off from Château-d'Œx on 1 March 1999.
A museum dedicated to Montgolfier type balloons is located in the center of the town.
The popular annual Le Bois qui Chante music festival is held every year in the month of October.
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