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Coat of arms of Menzingen
Coat of arms
Menzingen is located in Switzerland
Menzingen is located in Canton of Zug
Coordinates: 47°11′N 8°36′E / 47.183°N 8.600°E / 47.183; 8.600Coordinates: 47°11′N 8°36′E / 47.183°N 8.600°E / 47.183; 8.600
Country Switzerland
Canton Zug
District n.a.
 • Total 27.5 km2 (10.6 sq mi)
Elevation 805 m (2,641 ft)
Population (Dec 2016[2])
 • Total 4,467
 • Density 160/km2 (420/sq mi)
Postal code 6313
SFOS number 1704
Surrounded by Baar, Hirzel (ZH), Hütten (ZH), Neuheim, Oberägeri, Schönenberg (ZH), Unterägeri
SFSO statistics

Menzingen is a municipality in the canton of Zug in Switzerland.


Menzingen is first mentioned around 1217-22 as Meincingin.[3]

The traditionalist Society of Saint Pius X, which is said to have broken with the Vatican over "doctrinal difficulties" with the teachings of the Second Vatican Council, is headquartered in Menzingen.[4]


Moraine landscape

Menzingen has an area, as of 2006, of 27.5 km2 (10.6 sq mi). Of this area, 62.5% is used for agricultural purposes, while 28.3% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 7.6% is settled (buildings or roads) and the remainder (1.5%) is non-productive (rivers, glaciers or mountains).[5]

The municipality is located on a moraine plateau between the Lorze and Sihl rivers at an elevation of about 800 m (2,600 ft). In 1848 the municipality of Neuheim separated from Menzingen. It consists of the village of Menzingen and a number of hamlets and individual farm houses.

It includes Edlibach and Finstersee and, until the late 1950s, was the highest destination of the then famous Zug tramways.


Menzingen has a population (as of 31 December 2016) of 4,467.[2] As of 2007, 16.1% of the population was made up of foreign nationals. Over the last 10 years,[when?] the population has decreased at a rate of -1.6%. Most of the population (as of 2000) speaks German (88.8%), with Albanian being second most common (3.3%) and Serbo-Croatian being third (1.5%).[5]

In the 2007 federal election, the most popular party was the SVP which received 31.6% of the vote. The next three most popular parties were the CVP (30.6%), the FDP (19.8%) and the Green Party (11.6%).[5]

In Menzingen, about 69.3% of the population (between age 25-64) have completed either non-mandatory upper secondary education or additional higher education (either university or a Fachhochschule).[5]

Menzingen has an unemployment rate of 1.25%. As of 2005, there were 288 people employed in the primary economic sector and about 107 businesses involved in this sector. 211 people are employed in the secondary sector and there are 37 businesses in this sector. 1,066 people are employed in the tertiary sector, with 133 businesses in this sector.[5]

The historical population is given in the following table:[3]

year population
1743 1,676
1799 2,290
1850 2,113
1900 2,495
1950 3,398
2000 4,495


  1. ^ Arealstatistik Standard - Gemeindedaten nach 4 Hauptbereichen
  2. ^ a b Swiss Federal Statistical Office - STAT-TAB, online database – Ständige und nichtständige Wohnbevölkerung nach institutionellen Gliederungen, Geburtsort und Staatsangehörigkeit (in German) accessed 30 August 2017
  3. ^ a b Menzingen in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland.
  4. ^ Glatz, Carol (14 June 2012). "SSPX says doctrinal difficulties could prolong talks with Vatican". Catholic News Service. Retrieved 14 June 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c d e Swiss Federal Statistical Office Archived 2016-01-05 at the Wayback Machine. accessed 22-Sep-2009