St. Margrethen

St. Margrethen

Swiss Town
Swiss Town

St. Margrethen

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St. Margrethen (Saint Margrethen/Sankt Margrethen) is a municipality in the Wahlkreis (constituency) of Rheintal in the canton of St. Gallen in Switzerland.


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 Germany 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 and Munich.

It is also where the A1 motorway becomes the A13 motorway.

Coat of arms

The blazon 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 (...
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