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Estavayer-le-Lac

Estavayer-le-Lac is a municipality of the canton of Fribourg, situated on the south shore of Lake Neuchâtel. Estavayer-le-Lac is located between Yverdon and Bern. It is the capital of the district of Broye. The municipality of Font merged on 1 January 2012 into the municipality of Estavayer-le-Lac.GeographyEstavayer-le-Lac has an area, as of 2009, of 6.4km2. Of this area, 3.57km2 or 55.9% is used for agricultural purposes, while 0.39km2 or 6.1% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 2.14km2 or 33.5% is settled (buildings or roads), 0.02km2 or 0.3% is either rivers or lakes and 0.3km2 or 4.7% is unproductive land. Following the 2012 merger of Font, the total area increased to 8.9km2.Of the built up area, industrial buildings made up 4.7% of the total area while housing and buildings made up 16.0% and transportation infrastructure made up 7.8%. while parks, green belts and sports fields made up 4.4%. Out of the forested land, 4.5% of the total land area is heavily forested and 1.6% is covered with orchards or small clusters of trees. Of the agricultural land, 46.9% is used for growing crops and 8.1% is pastures. All the water in the municipality is in lakes.The municipality is located in the Broye district, on the southern bank of Lake Neuchatel at an elevation of 430to. It is a district capital and a regional administration and business center.Coat of armsThe blazon of the municipal coat of arms is Per pale Gules and Argent three bars wavy of the first, overall a double rose of the first barbed and seeded proper.
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