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Murten/Morat

Murten Introduction 

Murten is situated in the See district, and this municipality is in the Fribourg Canton in Switzerland. 

It is situated on Lake Morat’s southern shores. Morat is situated between Lausanne and Bern, and it is the capital of the Lac/See District of the Fribourg Canton. It is a municipality that has a big majority German-speaking (about 75%) population. The Fribourg Canton is mostly French-speaking. 

In 1975, the old municipality of Burg bei Murten was merged with the Murten municipality. It was followed in 1991 by the old municipality of Altavailla and in 2013 by a former municipality called Buchslen. There are about 6,500 who live there. 

Murten is a tiny medieval town, and it is on the lake’s southeast bank. The town looks much like it did when it was originally built. There are beautiful arcades and picturesque alleyways. The town is located on the language border between German and French, and it has a great little lakeside promenade. The place offers a broad range of excursions, cultural activities, and water sports.

Geography 

Murten has an area of five square miles. Out of the full area, about 2.4 square miles (or 51%) is for agriculture, while about one square mile (or 26%) is forest-covered. Of the rest of the land, about one square mile (or 22%) is settled.

Out of the developed area, commercial structures make up about 2% of the area while houses and structures make up about 9% and transportation infrastructure makes up about 9%. Parks and sports fields make up a little over 1%. Out of the forest-covered area, all of the forested land is covered in very heavy forest. Out of the agricultural land, about 40% is for crops and 10% for pastures, while roughly 1% is for orchards and vine crops. All of the municipality’s water is flowing.

Demographics 

The municipality has a population of about 6,500. When the tally was taken in 2008, about 19% of the population was foreign nationals. Over the last ten years the number of people has gone up at a 11% rate. 

The bulk of the population is German-speaking (about 77%), and the 2nd most spoken language is French. The third most spoken language is Italian (about 2%). 

At the time the data was gathered in 2008, about 48% of the population was male and 52% was female.

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