Kerns facts for kids
|• Total||92.59 km2 (35.75 sq mi)|
|Elevation||564 m (1,850 ft)|
|Population (Dec 2015 )|
|• Density||65.320/km2 (169.179/sq mi)|
|Surrounded by||Alpnach, Dallenwil (NW), Ennetmoos (NW), Hasliberg (BE), Innertkirchen (BE), Lungern, Sachseln, Sarnen, Wolfenschiessen (NW)|
Kerns has an area, as of 2006[update], of 92.6 square kilometers (35.8 sq mi). Of this area, 46.7% is used for agricultural purposes, while 28.8% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 2.5% is settled (buildings or roads) and the remainder (21.9%) is non-productive (rivers, glaciers or mountains).
The municipality is located on a terrace on the south-west slope of the Stanserhorn and Arvigrat mountains in the Sarneraatal and Melchtal valleys. It is the largest municipality in the canton. .
Kerns has a population (as of 31 December 2015) of 6,048. As of 2007[update], 8.0% of the population was made up of foreign nationals. Over the last 10 years the population has grown at a rate of 7.9%. Most of the population (as of 2000[update]) speaks German (96.2%), with Albanian being second most common ( 1.3%) and Portuguese being third ( 0.5%).
In the 2007 federal election the most popular party was the SVP. The next three most popular parties were the CVP, the Other and the SPS.
In Kerns about 67.5% of the population (between age 25-64) have completed either non-mandatory upper secondary education or additional higher education (either university or a Fachhochschule).
The main sights of Kerns are: chapel St. Niklausen, an old bridge (Hohe Brücke), and the pilgrimage church Melchtal. The ski area and mountain resort Melchsee-Frutt with the lake Melchsee is also part of the municipality of Kerns. The reservoir Tannensee is located above the village, at 1,976 m (6,483 ft).
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