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Muotathal is a municipality in Schwyz District in the canton of Schwyz in Switzerland. The eponymous valley is formed by the Muota river, which joins Lake Lucerne at Brunnen.HistoryMuotathal is first mentioned in 1246 as Muthathal and Mutetal.GeographyThe municipality is located in the valley of the Muota river (Muotatal or Muotathal), with which it shares the name. It is located in a series of valleys on the eastern edge of the canton, on the borders with the cantons of Uri and Glarus. It is the 10th largest municipality in Switzerland. It consists of the village sections of Schachen, Wil, Hinterthal (had its own post office since 1896, though it has now grown together with Schachen), Bisisthal and Ried. It also includes a number of alpine pasture settlements including Glatt-, Tor-, Charetalp and Goldplangg.Muotathal has an area, as of 2006, of 172.2km2. Of this area, 32.8% is used for agricultural purposes, while 22% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 1% is settled (buildings or roads) and the remainder (44.2%) is non-productive (rivers, glaciers or mountains).DemographicsMuotathal has a population of. As of 2007, 5.2% of the population was made up of foreign nationals. Over the last 10 years the population has grown at a rate of 0.3%. Most of the population speaks German, with Albanian being second most common and Macedonian being third .
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