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Pleigne
Coat of arms of Pleigne
Coat of arms
Country Switzerland
Canton Jura
District Delémont
Area
 • Total 17.83 km2 (6.88 sq mi)
Elevation
809 m (2,654 ft)
Population
 (Dec 2015 )
 • Total 359
 • Density 20.13/km2 (52.15/sq mi)
Postal code
2807
Surrounded by Charmoille, Pleujouse, Bourrignon, Mettembert, Movelier, Ederswiler, Roggenburg(BL), Lucelle(F) ,Kiffis(F)

Pleigne is a municipality in the district of Delémont in the canton of Jura in Switzerland.

History

Pleigne is first mentioned in 1179 as Plenna. The municipality was formerly known by its German name Pleen, however, that name is no longer used.

Geography

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Moulin-Neuf

Pleigne has an area of 17.83 km2 (6.88 sq mi). Of this area, 8.42 km2 (3.25 sq mi) or 47.2% is used for agricultural purposes, while 8.78 km2 (3.39 sq mi) or 49.2% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 0.54 km2 (0.21 sq mi) or 3.0% is settled (buildings or roads), 0.08 km2 (20 acres) or 0.4% is either rivers or lakes and 0.02 km2 (4.9 acres) or 0.1% is unproductive land.

Of the built up area, housing and buildings made up 1.6% and transportation infrastructure made up 1.2%. Out of the forested land, 46.1% of the total land area is heavily forested and 3.1% is covered with orchards or small clusters of trees. Of the agricultural land, 17.4% is used for growing crops and 11.0% is pastures and 18.5% is used for alpine pastures. All the water in the municipality is in lakes.

The municipality is located in the Delemont district, on a terrace at an elevation of 809 m (2,654 ft). The village is north-west of Delemont. It consists of the village of Pleigne, numerous former farms of Lucelle/Lützel Monastery, the Gasthaus Moulin-Neuf, the 18th century mill at Bavelier and the archeological Löwenburg site.

The municipalities of Bourrignon, Châtillon, Courrendlin, Courtételle, Delémont, Develier, Ederswiler, Mettembert, Movelier, Pleigne, Rebeuvelier, Rossemaison and Vellerat are considering a merger on at a date in the future into the new municipality with an, as of 2011, undetermined name.

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