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Meggen is a municipality in the district of Lucerne in the canton of Lucerne in Switzerland.HistoryMeggen is first mentioned in 1226 as Meken, though a 14th Century copy of an older document mentions in Acta Murensia around 1160.GeographyMeggen has an area of 7.3km2. Of this area, 47.6% is used for agricultural purposes, while 23.7% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 28.5% is settled (buildings or roads) and the remainder (0.3%) is non-productive (rivers, glaciers or mountains). In the 1997 land survey, 23.69% of the total land area was forested. Of the agricultural land, 41.6% is used for farming or pastures, while 6.06% is used for orchards or vine crops. Of the settled areas, 20.25% is covered with buildings, 0.41% is industrial, 0.69% is classed as special developments, 1.79% is parks or greenbelts and 5.37% is transportation infrastructure. Of the unproductive areas, and 0.14% is other unproductive land.The municipality is located on the Küssnacht arm of the Lake of Lucerne. In 1897 it was the end station of the Gotthardbahn.DemographicsMeggen has a population of. As of 2007, 10.6% of the population was made up of foreign nationals. Over the last 10 years the population has grown at a rate of 10.4%. Most of the population speaks German, with English being second most common and Italian being third .In the 2007 election the most popular party was the FDP which received 33.1% of the vote. The next three most popular parties were the SVP, the CVP and the SPS .
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