Payerne Introduction

Payerne is located in the Vaud Canton in Switzerland. It was Payerne district’s seat, and it is now within the Broye-Vully district. There are about 9,2000 people living there.


When it was measured in 2009, Payerne had an area of about nine square miles. Out of all of it, about six square miles (or 60%) is put to use for agriculture, and about 1.4 square miles (or 15%) is covered in forest. Out of the remainder of this land, about two square miles (or 23%) is settled, and 2% is either lakes or rivers. Less than half of a percent is non-productive land. 

Of the area that is built, industrial buildings account for about 2% of the total land area while houses and buildings make up about 7% and infrastructure for transportation accounts for about 11%. Water and power infrastructure, as well as other areas that have been specially developed, make up about 1%. Parks and sports fields make up about 3%. Out of the land that is forest-covered, it is all really thick forest. Of the land that is put to use for agriculture, about 52% is used for crops and 7% is for pastures. All of the water in the municipality is flowing.


When it was measured in 2012, Payerne had a population of about 9,100. When it was measured in 2008, about 32% of the population was made up of foreign nationals. Over the last ten years the population has changed at a 15% rate. 

The majority of the population is French-speaking (about 83%), and the 2nd most common language is Portuguese (about 5%). German is the 3rd most common language at about 3%.

Swiss Heritage Sites Of National Significance 

There are a handful of Swiss heritage sites of national significance in the area that include the Payerne Abby, the Swiss Reformed Church of Notre Dame, and the Ancient Tribunal. The whole old city of Payerne is listed as a Swiss heritage site. The old churches, the town itself, and the scenery are worth seeing. There is reason the whole area is listed as a Swiss heritage site of national significance. This is an important part of Switzerland, and it would be unwise to miss such a historic part of the country on your first visit.

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