Biel-Benken

Biel-Benken

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Biel-Benken is a municipality in the district of Arlesheim in the canton of Basel-Country in Switzerland.

History

Benken is first mentioned in 1259 as Beinkon. It was also known as Benken maior to distinguish it from Biel which was known as Benken minor, Buelbenken or Benken inferior.

Geography

Biel-Benken has an area, , of . Of this area, or 53.9% is used for agricultural purposes, while or 19.9% is forested. Of the rest of the land, or 25.2% is settled (buildings or roads) and or 0.2% is unproductive land.

Of the built up area, industrial buildings made up 1.2% of the total area while housing and buildings made up 17.0% and transportation infrastructure made up 4.4%. while parks, green belts and sports fields made up 1.9%. Out of the forested land, 18.4% of the total land area is heavily forested and 1.5% is covered with orchards or small clusters of trees. Of the agricultural land, 40.0% is used for growing crops and 6.1% is pastures, while 7.8% is used for orchards or vine crops.

The municipality is located in the Arlesheim district, in the Leimen valley. It consists of the two villages of Biel and Benken, which are separated by the Birsig river. The two villages merged in 1972.

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