(Saint Margrethen/Sankt Margrethen) is a municipality
in the Wahlkreis
(constituency) of Rheintal
in the canton
of St. Gallen
St. Margrethen has an area, , of . Of this area, 28.3% is used for agricultural purposes, while 31.5% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 34.8% is settled (buildings or roads) and the remainder (5.4%) is non-productive (rivers or lakes).
It is close to Austria
and acts as a border town with Austria.
Currently only a normal road links St. Margrethen with Austria. As a result the town is at times clogged up with traffic before the customs posts. A motorway link has long been projected, to link the pathways to Zurich
It is also where the A1
motorway becomes the A13
Coat of arms
of the municipal coat of arms
is Argent a Grape Azure slipped palewise and leaved Vert.
St. Margrethen has a population (as of ) of . , about 43.2% of the population was made up of foreign nationals. Of the foreign population, (), 83 are from Germany, 280 are from Italy
, 1,028 are from ex-Yugoslavia
, 235 are from Austria, 170 are from Turkey
, and 197 are from another country. Over the last 10 years the population has grown at a rate of 0.5%. Most of the population () speaks German (81.2%), with Serbo-Croatian being second most common (... Read More