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Leukerbad

Leukerbad Introduction

Leukerbad is situated in the Leuk district in the Valais Canton, and it is a municipality in Switzerland. It has a population of roughly 1,600.

Geography

Leukerbad had a total area (when it was measured in 2009) of about 26 square miles. Out of that total area, about four square miles (or about 14%) is put to use for agriculture, while about two square miles (or 9%) is covered in forest. Out of the remainder of the land, less than one square mile (or about 1.5%) is settled (roads or buildings), less than half of a square mile (or about 2%) is either lakes or rivers and about 19 square miles (or 74%) is unproductive land.

Of the area that is built up, buildings and housing make up less than 1% and infrastructure for transportation make up less than half of a percent. Out of the land that is covered in forest, about 6% of the land area is covered in heavy forest and less than 2% is covered with little clusters of trees and orchards. Out of the land that is put to use for agriculture, about 3% is for pastures and about 12% is for alpine pastures. Out of the water in Leukerbad, 1% is in lakes and about 1% is in rivers. Of the area that is unproductive, about 9% is unproductive vegetation, 54% is far too rocky to grow vegetation and about 11% of the land is just overlain with glaciers.

Demographics

When it was measured in 2012, Leukerbad had a population of roughly 1,600. When it was measured in 2008, about 40% of the population was nationals from foreign countries. Over the last decade the population has changed at about a 1% rate.

The majority of the population is German-speaking (about 83%), and French is the 2nd most commonly spoken language (about 5%). Portuguese is the 3rd most commonly spoken language at about 4%). There are a little over 30 people who speak Italian and just two people who speak Romansh. The general makeup is pretty standard for that part of Germany.

Religion

According to the 2000 census, about 77% of the population was Roman Catholic, and about 10% were members of the Swiss Reformed Church. Out of the remainder of the population, there were several dozen people who belonged to an Orthodox church (about 4% of the population).

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