Estavayer-le-Lac is located in the Fribourg canton, and it is a municipality there. It is located on Lake Neuchatel’s southern shore. The municipality is situated between Bern and Yverdon. It is Broye district’s capital. The Font municipality combined with the Estavayer-le-Lac municipality in 2012. They were merged together. The place has a population of roughly 6,000.
The municipality has an area of roughly 2.5 square miles. Out of this area, about 1.4 square miles (or 56%) is put to use for agricultural reasons, while about .15 square miles (or 6%) is covered in forest. Out of the remainder of the land, about .8 square miles (or 34%) is settled (roads or buildings (.02 square kilometers (about five acres) or less than 1% is either lakes or rivers and .3 square kilometers (or nearly 5%) is unproductive land. After the merger of Font in 2012, the whole area went up to about 3.4 square miles.
Of the area that is built up, industrial buildings make up about 5% of the whole area, and buildings and housing make up about 16% and infrastructure for transportation makes up about 8%. Sports fields, green belts, and parks make up a little over 4%. Out of the land that is heavily forested, a little under 5% of the whole land area is covered in heavy forest and a little under 2% is covered with little clusters of trees and orchards. Of the land put to use for agriculture, 47% is used for crop growth and 8% is pastures. 100% of the water there is in lakes.
It is situated in the district of Broye, on the southern shore of Lake Neuchatel at an elevation of roughly 1,500 feet. It is a business center and a district capital.
Swiss Heritage Sites of National Significance
There are several Swiss Heritage Sites of National Significance in Estavayer-le-Lac. There is the Convent of the Dominican nuns, the Chenaux Castle, and the De Rivaz Chapel, to name a few. The whole town of Estavayer-le-Lac is listed as a Swiss National Heritage Site.
According to the census from year 2000, about 64% of the population classified themselves as Roman Catholic, 12% of the people were members of the Swiss Reformed Church, and there were roughly 300 that were Islamic and 300 that did not belong to a church. The religious breakdown of the municipality is pretty common for the region.
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