Says

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Says
Former municipality of Switzerland
Says village above Trimmis
Says village above Trimmis
Coat of arms of Says
Coat of arms
Says is located in Switzerland
Says
Says
Coordinates: 46°54′N 9°34′E / 46.900°N 9.567°E / 46.900; 9.567Coordinates: 46°54′N 9°34′E / 46.900°N 9.567°E / 46.900; 9.567
Country Switzerland
Canton Graubünden
District Landquart
Government
 • Mayor Christa Käser
Area
 • Total 14.47 km2 (5.59 sq mi)
Elevation 1,095 m (3,593 ft)
Population
 • Total 158
 • Density 11/km2 (28/sq mi)
Postal code 7202
Surrounded by Calfreisen, Castiel, Trimmis, Valzeina, Zizers
Website www.says.ch

Says was a municipality in the district of Landquart in the Swiss canton of Graubünden. On 1 January 2008 the municipality was incorporated into neighboring Trimmis.

History[edit]

Says is first mentioned in 1222 as in Seians. In 1258 it was mentioned as Seyes.[1]

Geography[edit]

Says has an area, as of 2006, of 14.4 km2 (5.6 sq mi). Of this area, 34.7% is used for agricultural purposes, while 51.9% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 0.9% is settled (buildings or roads) and the remainder (12.5%) is non-productive (rivers, glaciers or mountains).[2]

The village is located in the Fünf Dörfer sub-district of the Landquart district. It is located on a terrace above the Churer Rheintal (Chur branch of the Rhine river). It consists of the sections of Valtanna, Untersays and Obersays. In 1880 the municipality separated from Trimmis to become an independent municipality.[3] However, in 2008 Says merged back into Trimmis.[3]

Demographics[edit]

Says has a population (as of 2007) of 158, of which 2.5% are foreign nationals.[4] Over the last 10 years the population has decreased at a rate of -1.9%. Most of the population (as of 2000) speaks German (99.3%), with the rest speaking Romansh (0.7%).[2]

As of 2000, the gender distribution of the population was 48.1% male and 51.9% female.[4] The age distribution, as of 2000, in Says is; 12 children or 7.8% of the population are between 0 to 9 years old. 21 teenagers or 13.7% are 10 to 14, and 13 teenagers or 8.5% are 15 to 19. Of the adult population, 14 people or 9.2% of the population are between 20 to 29 years old. 14 people or 9.2% are 30 to 39, 40 people or 26.1% are 40 to 49, and 11 people or 7.2% are 50 to 59. The senior population distribution is 10 people or 6.5% of the population are between 60 to 69 years old, 12 people or 7.8% are 70 to 79, there are 5 people or 3.3% who are 80 to 89, and there is 1 person who is 90 to 99.[5]

In the 2007 federal election the most popular party was the SVP which received 45.7% of the vote. The next three most popular parties were the SP (27.2%), the local, small right-wing parties (13%) and the FDP (8.7%).[2]

The entire Swiss population is generally well educated. In Says about 81.9% of the population (between age 25-64) have completed either non-mandatory upper secondary education or additional higher education (either University or a Fachhochschule).[2]

Says has an unemployment rate of 0.1%. As of 2005, there were 18 people employed in the primary economic sector and about 8 businesses involved in this sector. Two people are employed in the secondary sector and there are 2 businesses in this sector. Seven people are employed in the tertiary sector, with 3 businesses in this sector.[2]

The historical population is given in the following table:[1]

year population
1860 205
1900 161
1950 126
2000 153

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Says in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland.
  2. ^ a b c d e Swiss Federal Statistical Office accessed 15-Oct-2009
  3. ^ a b Amtliches Gemeindeverzeichnis der Schweiz published by the Swiss Federal Statistical Office (German) accessed 23 September 2009
  4. ^ a b Graubunden in Numbers (German) accessed 21 September 2009
  5. ^ Graubunden Population Statistics (German) accessed 21 September 2009

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