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Bad Ragaz

Bad Ragaz is a municipality in the Wahlkreis (constituency) of Sarganserland in the canton of St. Gallen in Switzerland.It is the home of a famous natural spring and is a popular spa and health resort destination. One of the largest spa hotels is the Grand Hotel Quellenhof.HistoryBad Ragaz is first mentioned about 843 as Ragaces.GeographyBad Ragaz has an area, as of 2006, of 25.4km2. Of this area, 45.4% is used for agricultural purposes, while 34.9% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 9.6% is settled (buildings or roads) and the remainder (10.1%) is non-productive (rivers or lakes).The municipality is in the Sarganserland WahlkreisBez. Sargans. The spa and recreation village is in the south-east of the canton at the end of the Tamina valley. It lies on the north-south and east-west routes over the Graubünden Alps. Until 1937 Bad Ragaz was known as Ragaz.Coat of armsThe blazon of the municipal coat of arms is Azure a Dove volant displayed Argent beaked and membered Or having a sprig Gules in the beak.DemographicsBad Ragaz has a population of. As of 2007, about 25.1% of the population was made up of foreign nationals. Of the foreign population,, 122 are from Germany, 144 are from Italy, 508 are from ex-Yugoslavia, 59 are from Austria, 1 person is from Turkey, and 312 are from another country. Over the last 10 years the population has grown at a rate of 8.3%. Most of the population speaks German, with Serbo-Croatian being second most common and Italian being third . Of the Swiss national languages, 4,184 speak German, 30 people speak French, 141 people speak Italian, and 45 people speak Romansh.
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