Flaach is a municipality
Municipalities of Switzerland
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 in the district of Andelfingen
Andelfingen (district)
Andelfingen District is one of the twelve districts of the German-speaking canton of Zurich, Switzerland.It corresponds to the Zürcher Weinland, bounded by the Rhine to the north and west, by the canton of Thurgau to the east, by Winterthur to the south and by the Irchel to the southwest.-...

 in the canton
Cantons of Switzerland
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 of Zürich in Switzerland
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Flaach is first mentioned in 1044 as Flacha, though the only surviving copy of the document dates from 1347.


Flaach has an area of 10.2 km² (3.9 sq mi). Of this area, 51.4% is used for agricultural purposes, while 34.2% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 8.2% is settled (buildings or roads) and the remainder (6.2%) is non-productive (rivers, glaciers or mountains).

The municipality is partially agarian. It is located south of the confluence
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 of the Thur
Thur River (Switzerland)
Thur is a long river in north-eastern Switzerland. Its source is near the mountain Säntis in the south-east of the canton of St. Gallen. In this canton it flows through the Toggenburg region and the town Wil. After Wil it flows through the canton of Thurgau and its capital Frauenfeld. The final ...

 river. The municipality expanded several times at the expense of Berg am Irchel
Berg am Irchel
Berg am Irchel is a municipality in the district of Andelfingen in the canton of Zürich in Switzerland.-History:Berg am Irchel is first mentioned around 1100 as Berga. In 1243 it was mentioned as Berge.-Geography:...

. It expanded in 1619 when Oberdorf joined, in 1775 when Schloss Schollenberg joined and in 1788 when Ziegelhütte joined Flaach.


Flaach has a population (as of ) of . , 11.1% of the population was made up of foreign nationals. Over the last 10 years the population has grown at a rate of 10.5%. Most of the population speaks German (91.6%), with Serbo-Croatian being second most common ( 2.4%) and Albanian being third ( 2.2%).

In the 2007 election the most popular party was the SVP
Swiss People's Party
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 which received 58.3% of the vote. The next three most popular parties were the CSP
Christian Social Party (Switzerland)
The Christian Social Party is a political party in Switzerland. The CSP is more social democratic than the CVP. With the moderate Christian left as its background, the CSP commits itself to social democratic and environmentalist political solutions...

 (12.3%), the SPS
Social Democratic Party of Switzerland
The Social Democratic Party of Switzerland is the largest centre-left political party in Switzerland....

 (9.2%) and the FDP
Free Democratic Party of Switzerland
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The age distribution of the population is children and teenagers (0–19 years old) make up 29.8% of the population, while adults (20–64 years old) make up 56.3% and seniors (over 64 years old) make up 13.9%. The entire Swiss population is generally well educated. In Flaach about 80.2% of the population (between age 25-64) have completed either non-mandatory upper secondary education or additional higher education (either university or a Fachhochschule
A Fachhochschule or University of Applied Sciences is a German type of tertiary education institution, sometimes specialized in certain topical areas . Fachhochschulen were founded in Germany and later adopted by Austria, Liechtenstein, Switzerland and Greece...


Flaach has an unemployment rate of 1.56%. , there were 123 people employed in the primary economic sector and about 37 businesses involved in this sector. 118 people are employed in the secondary sector and there are 19 businesses in this sector. 426 people are employed in the tertiary sector, with 52 businesses in this sector.
The historical population is given in the following table:
year population
1467 90 Adults
1640 577
1727 797
1836 1,002
1850 1,087
1860 1,103
1900 852
1941 716
1950 758
1980 871
2000 1,164

Notable residents

The seventh Chief Apostle
Chief Apostle
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 of the New Apostolic Church
New Apostolic Church
The New Apostolic Church is a chiliastic church, converted to Protestantism as a free church from the Catholic Apostolic Church. The church has existed since 1879 in Germany and since 1897 in the Netherlands...

, Richard Fehr
Richard Fehr
Richard Fehr was the seventh Chief Apostle of the New Apostolic Church from 22 May 1988 to 15 May 2005.-Life:...

, was born in Flaach on 15 July 1939.

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