|Population||512 (Dec 2012)|
|- Density||41 /km2 (105 /sq mi)|
|Area||12.59 km2 (4.86 sq mi)|
|Elevation||545 m (1,788 ft)|
|Surrounded by||Blumberg (DE-BW), Hemmental, Merishausen, Schleitheim|
Profile (German), SFSO statistics
Beggingen is first mentioned in 1278 as Beggingen. Later it was known as Beckingen and Böckingen.
Coat of arms
Beggingen has an area, as of 2006[update], of 12.6 km2 (4.9 sq mi). Of this area, 50.3% is used for agricultural purposes, while 45.1% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 4.4% is settled (buildings or roads) and the remainder (0.2%) is non-productive (rivers, glaciers or mountains).
The municipality is located in the Schleitheim district. It is on the border with Germany and is north-east of Schleitheim in a valley on the west foot of the Randen range.
Beggingen has a population (as of 2008[update]) of 512, of which 4.7% are foreign nationals. Of the foreign population, (as of 2008[update]), 73.3% are from Germany, 3.3% are from Italy, 6.7% are from Serbia, and 16.7% are from another country. Over the last 10 years the population has decreased at a rate of -4.8%. Most of the population (as of 2000[update]) speaks German (97.2%), with English being second most common ( 0.8%) and Italian being third ( 0.4%).
The age distribution of the population (as of 2008[update]) is children and teenagers (0–19 years old) make up 26.4% of the population, while adults (20–64 years old) make up 57.4% and seniors (over 64 years old) make up 16.2%.
The entire Swiss population is generally well educated. In Beggingen about 81.2% of the population (between age 25-64) have completed either non-mandatory upper secondary education or additional higher education (either university or a Fachhochschule). In Beggingen, as of 2007[update], 2.36% of the population is attending kindergarten or another pre-school, 9.25% are attending a Primary School, 5.71% attend a lower level Secondary School, and 3.74% attend a higher level Secondary School.
The historical population is given in the following table:
Beggingen has an unemployment rate of 0.42%. As of 2005[update], there were 73 people employed in the primary economic sector and about 29 businesses involved in this sector. 17 people are employed in the secondary sector and there are 7 businesses in this sector. 68 people are employed in the tertiary sector, with 13 businesses in this sector.
As of 2008[update] the mid year average unemployment rate was 1%. There were 20 non-agrarian businesses in the municipality and 31.9% of the (non-agrarian) population was involved in the secondary sector of the economy while 68.1% were involved in the third. At the same time, 73.6% of the working population was employed full-time, and 26.4% was employed part-time. There were 72 residents of the municipality were employed in some capacity, of which females made up 25% of the workforce. As of 2000[update] there were 83 residents who worked in the municipality, while 140 residents worked outside Beggingen and 18 people commuted into the municipality for work.
- Swiss Federal Statistics Office – STAT-TAB Ständige und Nichtständige Wohnbevölkerung nach Region, Geschlecht, Nationalität und Alter (German) accessed 29 August 2013
- Arealstatistik Standard - Gemeindedaten nach 4 Hauptbereichen
- Beggingen in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland.
- Flags of the World.com accessed 4 December 2009
- Swiss Federal Statistical Office accessed 4 December 2009
- Statistical Office of the Canton of Schaffhausen (German) accessed 2 December 2009
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