New prospects for mountain regions: the case of Spiringen
The population of this predominantly farming village is 836 ‒ and has been on the decline for several years now.
Tourists come up to Spiringen for its hiking and ski trails and for its vast cableway network.
This new venture means villagers can now shop locally again and even access postal services there ‒ but that's only part of the reason for rejoicing. It is hoped now that the cooperative and the new shop will boost the village's overall development and also help Spiringen attract more tourists.
Website municipality Spiringen (german)
New Regional Policy (NRP) support
New Regional Policy (NRP)
With a combination of the villagers' share participation, a loan from the Commune of Spiringen, contributions from Swiss Mountain Aid and funding from the NRP pilot measures for mountain regions, the finance needed for the village shop project was finally secured.
The new shop is almost twice as big as before and stocks a much wider range of products. And it's open for much longer to meet the villagers' varied needs.
The locals' first impressions of their new shop are encouraging.