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Port-Valais
Coat of arms of Port-Valais
Coat of arms
Country Switzerland
Canton Valais
District Monthey
Area
 • Total 14.35 km2 (5.54 sq mi)
Elevation 390 m (1,280 ft)
Population (Dec 2015 )
 • Total 3,899
 • Density 271.71/km2 (703.7/sq mi)
Postal code 1897
Localities Le Bouveret, Les Evouettes
Surrounded by Chessel (VD), Noville (VD), Saint-Gingolph, Vevey (VD), Vouvry

Port-Valais is a municipality in the district of Monthey in the canton of Valais in Switzerland.

Geography

Le Bouveret - Port Valais
Port-Valais

Port-Valais has an area, as of 2009, of 14.4 square kilometers (5.6 sq mi). Of this area, 3.37 km2 (1.30 sq mi) or 23.5% is used for agricultural purposes, while 7.68 km2 (2.97 sq mi) or 53.5% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 1.7 km2 (0.66 sq mi) or 11.8% is settled (buildings or roads), 0.44 km2 (0.17 sq mi) or 3.1% is either rivers or lakes and 1.13 km2 (0.44 sq mi) or 7.9% is unproductive land.

Of the built up area, housing and buildings made up 4.9% and transportation infrastructure made up 3.8%. Power and water infrastructure as well as other special developed areas made up 1.3% of the area while parks, green belts and sports fields made up 1.1%. Out of the forested land, 51.5% of the total land area is heavily forested and 1.4% is covered with orchards or small clusters of trees. Of the agricultural land, 16.3% is used for growing crops and 2.6% is pastures, while 1.5% is used for orchards or vine crops and 3.0% is used for alpine pastures. Of the water in the municipality, 0.5% is in lakes and 2.6% is in rivers and streams. Of the unproductive areas, 3.8% is unproductive vegetation and 4.0% is too rocky for vegetation.

The municipality is located in the Monthey district, at the mouth of the Rhone into Lake Geneva. It consists of the villages of Le Bouveret and Les Evouettes and the hamlet of Port-Valais.

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