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Coat of arms of Salgesch
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Country Switzerland
Canton Valais
District Leuk
 • Total 11.34 km2 (4.38 sq mi)
581 m (1,906 ft)
 (Dec 2015 )
 • Total 1,465
 • Density 129.19/km2 (334.60/sq mi)
Postal code
Surrounded by Chandolin, Leuk, Miège, Mollens, Sierre, Varen, Veyras

Salgesch (French: Salquenen) is a municipality in the district of Leuk in the canton of Valais in Switzerland.


Salquenen village

Salgesch has an area, as of 2009, of 11.3 square kilometers (4.4 sq mi). Of this area, 2.42 km2 (0.93 sq mi) or 21.3% is used for agricultural purposes, while 5.72 km2 (2.21 sq mi) or 50.4% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 1.1 km2 (0.42 sq mi) or 9.7% is settled (buildings or roads), 0.37 km2 (0.14 sq mi) or 3.3% is either rivers or lakes and 1.75 km2 (0.68 sq mi) or 15.4% is unproductive land.

Of the built up area, housing and buildings made up 2.6% and transportation infrastructure made up 3.4%. Power and water infrastructure as well as other special developed areas made up 1.7% of the area while parks, green belts and sports fields made up 1.4%. Out of the forested land, 47.0% of the total land area is heavily forested and 3.4% is covered with orchards or small clusters of trees. Of the agricultural land, 0.1% is used for growing crops and 2.6% is pastures, while 18.7% is used for orchards or vine crops. Of the water in the municipality, 0.3% is in lakes and 3.0% is in rivers and streams. Of the unproductive areas, 10.6% is unproductive vegetation and 4.9% is too rocky for vegetation.

The municipality is located in the Leuk district, on the right side of the Rhone valley, across from the Pfynwald (Pfyn woods). It is the western-most German speaking municipality in Valais.

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