is a municipality
in the Wahlkreis
(constituency) of See-Gaster
in the canton
of St. Gallen
Schänis is first mentioned in 972 as Schennines
. Until 1798 it was the capital of the Herrschaft
of Gaster and until 1831 it was the capital of the District.
Schänis has an area, , of . Of this area, 49.7% is used for agricultural purposes, while 41.4% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 4.3% is settled (buildings or roads) and the remainder (4.5%) is non-productive (rivers or lakes).
The municipality is located in the See-Gaster Wahlkreis
on a terrace on the edge of the Linth
valley. It consists of the village of Schänis and the hamlets
of Maseltrangen, Dorf, Rufi and Rütiberg as well as seasonally occupied alpine herding villages
near the Speer range
Coat of arms
of the municipal coat of arms
is Per fess Argent a Lion passant Gules and in canton a Cross couped Or and Gules a Crown Or.
Schänis has a population (as of ) of . , about 9.5% of the population was made up of foreign nationals. Of the foreign population, (), 42 are from Germany
, 64 are from Italy
, 230 are from ex-Yugoslavia
, 10 are from Austria
, 5 are from Turkey
, and 63 are from another country. Over the last 10 years the population has grown at a rate of 3.7%. Most of the... Read More