La Brillaz

Lentigny, municipality of La Brillaz

La Brillaz is a municipality in the District de la Sarine ( German: Sarine district) of the Canton of Fribourg in Switzerland. The municipality of La Brillaz established on 1 January 2001 through the merger of the previously independent municipalities Lentigny, Lovens and Onnens. The administrative center is Lentigny.


La Brillaz is located 12 km west-southwest of the capital of the canton of Fribourg (air line). The municipality extends to the Molasseplateau between the Broyeebene in the northwest and the Glânetal the south, Fribourg plateau.

The area of ​​10.3 km ² large municipality area includes a portion of the Molassehöhen of Fribourg Mittelland. The central part of the municipality is occupied by the broad ridge of La Brillaz, the altitude 773 m. M. is the highest point of the community and on which the district is located Lovens. On the northern slope of this ridge is the Forest La Buchille. South of the ridge joins a slightly wavy, sometimes boggy plateau at an average altitude of 725 m above sea level. M. at which comprises largely open meadow and pasture land, but also the forests Les Boennes and Les Possessions. To the east of this plateau is drained by the river Glane Bagne to go. To the southwest, the communal land over the saddle of Lentigny extends to the forests of Combertin and Bois of God ( 760 m above sea level. M. ). This area is drained northward to Arbogne. From the municipality surface 1997 7 % was attributable to settlements, 19 % of forest and woody plants, 73 % in agriculture and somewhat less than 1% was unproductive land.

La Brillaz consists of the villages Lentigny (720 m above sea level. M. ), Lovens ( 767 m above sea level. M. ) and Onnens (719 m above sea level. M. ) as well as some individual farms. Neighboring communities of La Brillaz are Prez -vers- Noreaz, Avry, Neyruz, Cottens, Autigny, Chénens, La Folliaz, and Torny Corserey.


With 1777 inhabitants ( 31 December 2012) La Brillaz belongs to the medium-sized municipalities in the canton of Fribourg. Of the 93.3% inhabitants are French-speaking, German-speaking 4.2 % and 0.5 % speak Albanian (as of 2000). The population of the villages of La Brillaz amounted in 1900 to 823 inhabitants. After peaking in 1940 with 907 inhabitants, a population decline of 17% to 755 persons was observed until 1970. Since then, rapid population growth was recorded again.


La Brillaz was until the second half of the 20th century, mainly coined by farming village. Even today, the farming, fruit growing, dairy farming and livestock have an important place in the economic structure of the population. More jobs are in small local manufacturing and services available, including one operating in the construction industry, in a stone slab company, in fish farming and in carpentry. In recent decades, the village has developed thanks to its attractive location and into a residential community. Many workers are therefore commuters who work mainly in the region of Freiburg.


The community is located off the major thoroughfares on a road from Chénens by Avry. By Bus Transports Publics Fribourgeois that leads from Freiburg to Lentigny, all three villages of La Brillaz are connected to the public transport network.


The municipality of La Brillaz was settled very early. In Lentigny was during the Roman period a settlement. During excavations, a mosaic floor, and numerous fragments of pottery and iron goods were found.

The villages of La Brillaz belonged in the Middle Ages to the rule Montagny. By buying in 1442 they came under the rule of Freiburg and the Old Landscape ( Neustadtpanner ) have been assigned. After the collapse of the ancien régime (1798 ) included the villages of La Brillaz during the Helvetic Republic and the subsequent time to the district of Freiburg, before they were incorporated in 1848 with the new cantonal constitution in the Sarine district.

As part of the canton of Fribourg funded since 2000 municipal mergers, the inhabitants of Lentigny, Lovens and Onnens opted for a merger of their communities. Effective as of January 1, 2001, therefore, the new municipality of La Brillaz was formed.