St. Margrethen

Coordinates: 47°27′N 9°38′E / 47.450°N 9.633°E / 47.450; 9.633
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St. Margrethen
Coat of arms of St. Margrethen
Location of St. Margrethen
St. Margrethen is located in Switzerland
St. Margrethen
St. Margrethen
St. Margrethen is located in Canton of St. Gallen
St. Margrethen
St. Margrethen
Coordinates: 47°27′N 9°38′E / 47.450°N 9.633°E / 47.450; 9.633
CantonSt. Gallen
DistrictWahlkreis Rheintal
 • MayorReto Friedauer
 • Total6.85 km2 (2.64 sq mi)
402 m (1,319 ft)
 (31 December 2018)[2]
 • Total5,886
 • Density860/km2 (2,200/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (Central European Time)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (Central European Summer Time)
Postal code(s)
SFOS number3236
Surrounded byAu, Gaißau (AT-8), Höchst (AT-8), Lustenau (AT-8), Lutzenberg (AR), Rheineck, Walzenhausen (AR)
SFSO statistics

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, as of 2006, of 6.9 km2 (2.7 sq mi). 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).[3]

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.

Aerial view by Walter Mittelholzer (between 1918 and 1937)

Coat of arms[edit]

The blazon of the municipal coat of arms is Argent a Grape Azure slipped palewise and leaved Vert.[4]


St. Margrethen has a population (as of 31 December 2020) of 5,991.[5] As of 2007, about 43.2% of the population was made up of foreign nationals. Of the foreign population, (as of 2000), 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.[6] Over the last 10 years the population has grown at a rate of 0.5%. Most of the population (as of 2000) speaks German (81.2%), with Serbo-Croatian being second most common ( 5.7%) and Albanian being third ( 4.0%).[3] Of the Swiss national languages (as of 2000), 4,289 speak German, 12 people speak French, 175 people speak Italian, and 12 people speak Romansh.[7]

The age distribution, as of 2000, in St. Margrethen is; 612 children or 11.6% of the population are between 0 and 9 years old and 724 teenagers or 13.7% are between 10 and 19. Of the adult population, 661 people or 12.5% of the population are between 20 and 29 years old. 822 people or 15.6% are between 30 and 39, 737 people or 13.9% are between 40 and 49, and 660 people or 12.5% are between 50 and 59. The senior population distribution is 486 people or 9.2% of the population are between 60 and 69 years old, 357 people or 6.8% are between 70 and 79, there are 190 people or 3.6% who are between 80 and 89, and there are 36 people or 0.7% who are between 90 and 99.[7]

In 2000 there were 754 persons (or 14.3% of the population) who were living alone in a private dwelling. There were 1,141 (or 21.6%) persons who were part of a couple (married or otherwise committed) without children, and 2,872 (or 54.3%) who were part of a couple with children. There were 326 (or 6.2%) people who lived in single parent home, while there are 32 persons who were adult children living with one or both parents, 14 persons who lived in a household made up of relatives, 37 who lived household made up of unrelated persons, and 109 who are either institutionalized or live in another type of collective housing.[7]

In the 2007 federal election the most popular party was the SVP which received 44.9% of the vote. The next three most popular parties were the CVP (16.7%), the FDP (15.4%) and the SP (13.9%).[3]

In St. Margrethen about 58.5% of the population (between age 25-64) have completed either non-mandatory upper secondary education or additional higher education (either university or a Fachhochschule).[3] Out of the total population in St. Margrethen, as of 2000, the highest education level completed by 1,336 people (25.3% of the population) was Primary, while 1,822 (34.5%) have completed their secondary education, 354 (6.7%) have attended a Tertiary school, and 311 (5.9%) are not in school. The remainder did not answer this question.[7]


As of  2007, St. Margrethen had an unemployment rate of 2.79%. As of 2005, there were 71 people employed in the primary economic sector and about 17 businesses involved in this sector. 1,165 people are employed in the secondary sector and there are 66 businesses in this sector. 2,066 people are employed in the tertiary sector, with 273 businesses in this sector.[3] As of October 2009 the average unemployment rate was 6.3%.[8] There were 352 businesses in the municipality of which 73 were involved in the secondary sector of the economy while 263 were involved in the third.[9] As of 2000 there were 1,365 residents who worked in the municipality, while 1,346 residents worked outside St. Margrethen and 2,161 people commuted into the municipality for work.[10]


Catholic church St. Margrethen

From the 2000 census, 2,138 or 40.5% are Roman Catholic, while 1,406 or 26.6% belonged to the Swiss Reformed Church. Of the rest of the population, there are 4 individuals (or about 0.08% of the population) who belong to the Christian Catholic faith, there are 190 individuals (or about 3.60% of the population) who belong to the Orthodox Church, and there are 74 individuals (or about 1.40% of the population) who belong to another Christian church. There is 1 individual who is Jewish, and 881 (or about 16.67% of the population) who are Islamic. There are 75 individuals (or about 1.42% of the population) who belong to another church (not listed on the census), 332 (or about 6.28% of the population) belong to no church, are agnostic or atheist, and 184 individuals (or about 3.48% of the population) did not answer the question.[7]

Heritage sites of national significance[edit]

The Old Church of St. Margaretha is listed as a Swiss heritage site of national significance.[11] Additionally, the Schlosslandschaft Rorschach / Alter Rhein, a number of castles in a region along the Rhine river, is designated as part of the Inventory of Swiss Heritage Sites. The Schlosslandschaft is shared between Berg, Goldach, Mörschwil, Rheineck, Rorschacherberg, St. Margrethen, Steinach, Thal and Tübach.[12]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "Ständige Wohnbevölkerung nach Staatsangehörigkeitskategorie Geschlecht und Gemeinde; Provisorische Jahresergebnisse; 2018". Federal Statistical Office. 9 April 2019. Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d e Swiss Federal Statistical Office accessed 4 January 2010
  4. ^ Flags of the Archived 5 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine accessed 4 January 2010
  5. ^ "Ständige und nichtständige Wohnbevölkerung nach institutionellen Gliederungen, Geburtsort und Staatsangehörigkeit". (in German). Swiss Federal Statistical Office - STAT-TAB. 31 December 2020. Retrieved 21 September 2021.
  6. ^ Der Kanton St. Gallen und seine Menschen in Zahlen - Ausgabe 2009 (in German) accessed 30 December 2009
  7. ^ a b c d e Canton St. Gallen Statistics-Hauptergebnisse der Volkszählung 2000: Regionen- und Gemeindevergleich-Personen Archived 3 October 2009 at the Wayback Machine (in German) accessed 30 December 2009
  8. ^ St Gallen Canton statistics-Unemployment (in German) accessed 30 December 2009
  9. ^ St Gallen Canton statistics-Businesses Archived 7 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine (in German) accessed 31 December 2009
  10. ^ St Gallen Canton statistics-Commuters Archived 22 July 2009 at the Wayback Machine (in German) accessed 31 December 2009
  11. ^ Swiss inventory of cultural property of national and regional significance Archived 1 May 2009 at the Wayback Machine 21.11.2008 version, (in German) accessed 04-Jan-2010
  12. ^ ISOS site accessed 8 December 2009