|Former municipality of Switzerland|
|• Total||2.55 km2 (0.98 sq mi)|
|Elevation||482 m (1,581 ft)|
|• Density||68/km2 (180/sq mi)|
|Surrounded by||Gelfingen, Hitzkirch, Römerswil|
Profile (German), SFSO statistics
Retschwil was a municipality in the district of Hochdorf, in the canton of Lucerne, Switzerland. On 1 January 2009, Retschwil together with Gelfingen, Hämikon, Mosen, Müswangen, and Sulz joined Hitzkirch.
Retschwil has an area of 2.6 km2 (1.0 sq mi). Of this area, 67.2% is used for agricultural purposes, while 25% is forested. The rest of the land, (7.8%) is settled.
On 21 May 2006 an attempt to merge the Hitzkirch and the surrounding 10 municipalities failed, when five of the eleven voted against the merger. A less ambitious merger was then proposed and accepted, with the municipalities of Gelfingen, Hämikon, Mosen, Müswangen, Retschwil and Sulz joining Hitzkirch. The merged municipality has an area of 24.62 km2 (9.51 sq mi)
Retschwil has a population (as of 2007[update]) of 174, of which 1.7% are foreign nationals. Over the last 10 years the population has decreased at a rate of -3.9%. Most of the population (as of 2000[update]) speaks German (96.3%), with Portuguese being second most common ( 2.6%) and French being third ( 0.5%).
The age distribution of the population (as of 2000[update]) is children and teenagers (0–19 years old) make up 34% of the population, while adults (20–64 years old) make up 56.5% and seniors (over 64 years old) make up 9.4%. In Retschwil about 74.2% of the population (between age 25-64) have completed either non-mandatory upper secondary education or additional higher education (either University or a Fachhochschule).
Retschwil has an unemployment rate of 0.58%. As of 2005[update], there were 37 people employed in the primary economic sector and about 12 businesses involved in this sector. 5 people are employed in the secondary sector and there is 1 business in this sector. 16 people are employed in the tertiary sector, with 5 businesses in this sector.
- Swiss Federal Statistical Office accessed 19-Aug-2009
- "Die Fusion im Hitzkirchertal kommt nicht zustande – fünf Gemeinden sagen nein – auch Hitzkirch" (Press release) (in German). Kanton Luzern, Staatskanzlei. 21 May 2006. Retrieved 18 August 2009.
- Canton of Lucerne, Office of Municipalities (German) accessed 18 August 2009
- Updated statistics (German) accessed 18 August 2009.
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