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Gossau

Gossau is a municipality in the district of Hinwil in the canton of Zürich in Switzerland. Besides the village of Gossau itself, the municipality includes the settlements of Bertschikon, Grüt, Herschmettlen and Ottikon.HistoryGossau is first mentioned in 859 as Cozzesouwo.Notable persons Jakob Falk (*15th or 16th century; † 5. September 1528 in Zurich), martyr of the Swiss Anabaptist movement Ernst Brugger (*10. März 1914; † 20. Juni 1998), politicianGeographyGossau has an area of 18.3km2. Of this area, 67% is used for agricultural purposes, while 14.2% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 17.9% is settled (buildings or roads) and the remainder (0.8%) is non-productive (streams and non-productive vegetation). In 1996 housing and buildings made up 12% of the total area, while transportation infrastructure made up the rest (5.9%). Of the total unproductive area, water (i.e. streams) made up 0.4% of the area. As of 2007 11.7% of the total municipal area was undergoing some type of construction.The municipality is made up of five sections; Gossau (with the church settlement of Berg), Bertschikon, Grüt, Herschmettlen and Ottikon. It stretches through the uppermost section of the Glatt valley. The topography is littered with ice age moraines (known as Drumlins) and basin of the former Gossauer Ried (Gossauer moor).
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