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Kippel

Kippel is a municipality in the district of Raron in the canton of Valais in Switzerland.HistoryKippel is first mentioned in 1437 as kypil.GeographyKippel has an area, as of 2009, of 11.7km2. Of this area, 2.73km2 or 23.4% is used for agricultural purposes, while 4.12km2 or 35.3% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 0.2km2 or 1.7% is settled (buildings or roads), 0.09km2 or 0.8% is either rivers or lakes and 4.53km2 or 38.9% is unproductive land.Of the built up area, housing and buildings made up 0.8% and transportation infrastructure made up 0.4%. Out of the forested land, 30.6% of the total land area is heavily forested and 3.9% is covered with orchards or small clusters of trees. Of the agricultural land, 5.8% is pastures and 17.6% is used for alpine pastures. Of the water in the municipality, 0.3% is in lakes and 0.4% is in rivers and streams. Of the unproductive areas, 13.9% is unproductive vegetation, 23.8% is too rocky for vegetation and 1.2% of the land is covered by glaciers.The municipality is located in the Westlich Raron district, in the upper Lötschental valley. It is the largest of the villages of the Lötschental valley.Coat of armsThe blazon of the municipal coat of arms is Gules, a Saltire couped Argent between two Mullets of Five Or.DemographicsKippel has a population of. As of 2008, 2.9% of the population are resident foreign nationals. Over the last 10 years the population has changed at a rate of -2.4%. It has changed at a rate of -9.2% due to migration and at a rate of -0.5% due to births and deaths.
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