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Hergiswil

Hergiswil is a municipality in the canton of Nidwalden in Switzerland.HistoryHergiswil is first mentioned around 1303-09 as ze Hergenswile.GeographyHergiswil has an area, as of 2006, of 14.2km2. Of this area, 29.3% is used for agricultural purposes, while 44.4% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 9.7% is settled (buildings or roads) and the remainder (16.6%) is non-productive (rivers, glaciers or mountains).The municipality is located between the foot of Mount Pilatus and Lake Lucerne.DemographicsHergiswil has a population of. As of 2007, 14.5% of the population was made up of foreign nationals. Over the last 10 years the population has grown at a rate of 11.5%. Most of the population speaks German, with Italian being second most common and French being third . As of 2008 the gender distribution of the population was 52.2% male and 47.8% female.As of 2000 there are 2,216 households, of which 1,627 households contain only one or two individuals. 91 or about 4.1% are large households, with at least five members.In the 2007 federal election the most popular party was the FDP which received 89.1% of the vote. Most of the rest of the votes went to local small right-wing parties .The entire Swiss population is generally well educated. In Hergiswil about 77.7% of the population have completed either non-mandatory upper secondary education or additional higher education .
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