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Agarn, Switzerland

Agarn, Switzerland

Agarn, Switzerland

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Description Agarn is a municipality in the district of Leukin the German-speaking part of the canton of Valais in Switzerland.HistoryAgarn is first mentioned in 1252 as Aert. In 1267 it was mentioned as Ayert and in the 16th Century it was known as Agaren. Agarn was twice nearly totally burned down, in 1799 and 1899.GeographyAgarn has an area, of 7.7km2. Of this area, 1.3km2 or 17.0% is used for agricultural purposes, while 2.55km2 or 33.3% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 0.34km2 or 4.4% is settled (buildings or roads), 0.06km2 or 0.8% is either rivers or lakes and 3.4km2 or 44.4% is unproductive land.Of the built up area, housing and buildings made up 2.7% and transportation infrastructure made up 0.7%. Out of the forested land, 30.9% of the total land area is heavily forested and 1.7% is covered with orchards or small clusters of trees. Of the agricultural land, 4.8% is used for growing crops and 7.3% is pastures, while 2.1% is used for orchards or vine crops and 2.7% is used for alpine pastures. All the water in the municipality is in lakes. Of the unproductive areas, 9.3% is unproductive vegetation, 33.3% is too rocky for vegetation and 1.8% of the land is covered by glaciers.The municipality is located in the Leuk district, on an alluvial fan on the southern slope of the Rhone valley. It consists of the former linear village of Agarn.Coat of armsThe blazon of the municipal coat of arms is Vert, a Pile embowed Argent, in dexter chief a cross couped, in sinister base a dove volant of the same.