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Chatel-Saint Denis

Châtel-Saint-Denis is a municipality and district capital of the district of Veveyse in the canton of Fribourg in Switzerland.GeographyChâtel-Saint-Denis has an area of. Of this area, 22.37km2 or 46.7% is used for agricultural purposes, while 20.26km2 or 42.3% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 3.33km2 or 7.0% is settled (buildings or roads), 0.27km2 or 0.6% is either rivers or lakes and 1.65km2 or 3.4% is unproductive land.Of the built up area, housing and buildings made up 3.3% and transportation infrastructure made up 2.5%. Out of the forested land, 38.4% of the total land area is heavily forested and 3.8% is covered with orchards or small clusters of trees. Of the agricultural land, 2.1% is used for growing crops and 17.0% is pastures and 27.5% is used for alpine pastures. All the water in the municipality is flowing water.The capital of the Veveyse district is located on the banks of the Veveyse river, on the Bulle-Vevey road. It consists of the village of Châtel-Saint-Denis, the ski and hiking areas of Les Paccots and Fruence and a number of hamlets. The large municipality includes the Lac de Lussy and Lac des Joncs nature preserves.Coat of armsThe blazon of the municipal coat of arms is Or an Eagle displayed Sable.DemographicsChâtel-Saint-Denis has a population of. As of 2008, 23.1% of the population are resident foreign nationals. Over the last 10 years the population has changed at a rate of 36.2%. Migration accounted for 28.6%, while births and deaths accounted for 3.5%.
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