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Nidwalden in a few words

Nidwald Stansstad

Its name means "being under the forest". Known for its mercenary service in the 16th century, it was one of the cantons, which declined the Helvetian Republic, which was established by the French troops after the revolution of 1789. It had to accept the new republic, when it was beaten by France. 

Founding member of Switzerland

Grütli

Formerly known under the name of Unterwalden, the cantons Nidwalden and Obwalden belong with Schwyz and Uri to the original members of the Swiss confederation in 1291.  

Although united until the split in 1798, when both cantons received a political vote each in Swiss politics, the Nidwalden and Obwalden never were one legal entity.  

The emblem

Nidwald blason

Its emblem shows the key of St. Peter, who is the patron saint of Nidwalden. It is shown twice on order to separate from the canton of Obwalden. 

The region in numbers

Area in km²
276
Volume, persons per km²
154
Population
42500
Percentage of foreigners
14.1%
GDP in millions
2920
Admission to confederation
1291
Number of municipalities
11
Unemployment rate in %
1.1%
Active population
24500
Percentage of agricultural area
48.9%