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Bad Ragaz

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Bad Ragaz is a municipality in the Wahlkreis (constituency) of Sarganserland in the canton of St. Gallen in Switzerland.It is the home of a famous natural spring and is a popular spa and health resort destination. One of the largest spa hotels is the Grand Hotel Quellenhof.HistoryBad Ragaz is first mentioned about 843 as Ragaces. Chlodwig, Prince of Hohenlohe-Schillingsfürst died here in 1901.GeographyBad Ragaz has an area, of 25.4km2. Of this area, 45.4% is used for agricultural purposes, while 34.9% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 9.6% is settled (buildings or roads) and the remainder (10.1%) is non-productive (rivers or lakes).The municipality is in the Sarganserland WahlkreisBez. Sargans. The spa and recreation village is in the south-east of the canton at the end of the Tamina valley. It lies on the north-south and east-west routes over the Graubünden Alps. Until 1937 Bad Ragaz was known as Ragaz.Coat of armsThe blazon of the municipal coat of arms is Azure a Dove volant displayed Argent beaked and membered Or having a sprig Gules in the beak.DemographicsBad Ragaz has a population of., about 25.1% of the population was made up of foreign nationals. Of the foreign population, 122 are from Germany, 144 are from Italy, 508 are from ex-Yugoslavia, 59 are from Austria, 1 person is from Turkey, and 312 are from another country. Over the last 10 years the population has grown at a rate of 8.3%. Most of the population speaks German (84.9%), with Serbo-Croatian being second most common ( 4.3%) and Italian being third ( 2.9%). Of the Swiss national languages, 4,184 speak German, 30 people speak French, 141 people speak Italian, and 45 people speak Romansh.
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