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Miege

Miège is a municipality in the district of Sierre in the canton of Valais in Switzerland.HistoryMiège is first mentioned in 1226 as Mieio. The municipality was formerly known by its German name Miesen, however, that name is no longer used.GeographyMiège has an area, as of 2009, of 2.5km2. Of this area, 1.13km2 or 44.7% is used for agricultural purposes, while 0.93km2 or 36.8% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 0.43km2 or 17.0% is settled (buildings or roads), 0.01km2 or 0.4% is either rivers or lakes and 0.04km2 or 1.6% is unproductive land.Of the built up area, housing and buildings made up 6.7% and transportation infrastructure made up 8.3%. while parks, green belts and sports fields made up 1.6%. Out of the forested land, 34.0% of the total land area is heavily forested and 2.8% is covered with orchards or small clusters of trees. Of the agricultural land, 0.0% is used for growing crops and 4.3% is pastures, while 40.3% is used for orchards or vine crops. All the water in the municipality is flowing water.The municipality is located in the Sierre district, in the vineyards on the right bank of the Rhone. It is west of the Raspille river, which is the border with the German speaking Upper Valais. It consists of the haufendorf village (an irregular, unplanned and quite closely packed village, built around a central square) of Miège.Coat of armsThe blazon of the municipal coat of arms is Gules, issuant from Coupeaux Vert a Garb Or between two vines of the second fructed of the third, in chief a Sun in Splendour of the last.
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