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Vevey

Vevey Introduction 

Vevey has a population of about 18,600, and it is a small town in the Vaud canton of Switzerland. It is located on Lake Geneva’s north shore, and it is located near Lausanne. 

It was the seat of the Vevey district until 2006, and it is currently part of the district of Riviera-Pays-d’Enhaut. It is also within the French-speaking part of Switzerland.

Vevey is where the international food giant, Nestle, is based. Milk chocolate was actually invented in 1867 in Vevey.

Geography 

When the data was collected in 2009, the total area was less than one square mile. Out of this space, about 3% is for agriculture, while about 5% is forest-covered. Of the remaining land, less than one square mile (or 90%) is developed (either roads or buildings), and about ten acres (or 2% is either lakes or rivers). 

Of the area that is developed, commercial buildings make up about % of the whole area, while buildings and houses make up about 51% of infrastructure related to transportation makes up about 27%.

Demographics 

This municipality has a population of about 18,600. When the data was collected in 2008, about 43% of the population were nationals from elsewhere. Over the last decade the population has changed at about a 16% rate. 

The majority of the population is French-speaking (about 77%), and Italian is the 2nd most common language (about 5%). The 3rd most common language is Portuguese (at about 4%).

Swiss Heritage Sites of National Significance 

There are over a dozen heritage sites of national significance in the municipality. They include the Alimentarium, Administration Building Nestle, and Aile Castle, to name a few.

Top Sights 

The Grande Place and St. Martin’s Church, as well as the Alimentarium Museum, are some of the main sights in the municipality.

Festivals 

The Brotherhood of Winegrowers puts on a Winegrowers’ Festival every generation to celebrate the area’s wine-growing culture and traditions.  When those festivals happen, there is an arena built in the marketplace that can accommodate up to 16,000 people. The arena is created in the Grande Place, which his the 2nd largest marketplace in Europe, after Lisbon, in Portugal. The festival dates back to the 1700s.

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