Riederalp facts for kids
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|• Total||21.04 km2 (8.12 sq mi)|
|Elevation||1,905 m (6,250 ft)|
(Dec 2015 )
|• Density||23.669/km2 (61.30/sq mi)|
3983 Goppisberg, Greich
|Surrounded by||Betten, Bitsch, Filet, Mörel, Naters, Termen|
Riederalp is a municipality in the district of Raron in the canton of Valais in Switzerland. It was created in 2003 through the merger of Goppisberg, Greich and Ried-Mörel.
Riederalp has an area, as of 2011[update], of 21 square kilometers (8.1 sq mi). Of this area, 27.7% is used for agricultural purposes, while 42.0% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 3.0% is settled (buildings or roads) and 27.3% is unproductive land.
The mid-mountain resort sits on a south-facing terrace, south of the 23 km (14 mi) long Aletsch Glacier—Europe's largest, in the Bernese Alps. The altitude of the village (1,930 m [6,330 ft]) allows good view of the Pennine Alps with some of its highest summits such as the Fletschhorn, Dom and Matterhorn.
Most of the population (as of 2000[update]) speaks German (95.6%) as their first language, Serbo-Croatian is the second most common (1.9%) and French is the third (0.8%).
As of 2008[update], the population was made up of 479 Swiss citizens and 57 non-citizen residents (10.63% of the population). As of 2000[update], children and teenagers (0–19 years old) make up 23.9% of the population, while adults (20–64 years old) make up 59.4% and seniors (over 64 years old) make up 16.7%.
As of 2009[update], the construction rate of new housing units was 9.3 new units per 1000 residents. The vacancy rate for the municipality, in 2010[update], was 1.33%.
The entire villages of Goppisberg and Greich are designated as part of the Inventory of Swiss Heritage Sites.