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Former municipality of Switzerland
Coat of arms of Retschwil
Coat of arms
Retschwil is located in Switzerland
Retschwil is located in Canton of Lucerne
Coordinates: 47°12′N 8°15′E / 47.200°N 8.250°E / 47.200; 8.250Coordinates: 47°12′N 8°15′E / 47.200°N 8.250°E / 47.200; 8.250
Country Switzerland
Canton Lucerne
District Hochdorf
 • Total 2.55 km2 (0.98 sq mi)
Elevation 482 m (1,581 ft)
 • Total 174
 • Density 68/km2 (180/sq mi)
Postal code 6285
SFOS number 1038
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.[1]

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.[2] A less ambitious merger was then proposed and accepted, with the municipalities of Gelfingen, Hämikon, Mosen, Müswangen, Retschwil and Sulz joining Hitzkirch.[3] The merged municipality has an area of 24.62 km2 (9.51 sq mi)[4]


Retschwil has a population (as of 2007) 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) speaks German (96.3%), with Portuguese being second most common ( 2.6%) and French being third ( 0.5%).

In the 2007 election the most popular party was the CVP which received 36.6% of the vote. The next three most popular parties were the SVP (30.6%), the FDP (22.1%) and the Green Party (6.8%).

The age distribution of the population (as of 2000) 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, 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.[1]


  1. ^ a b Swiss Federal Statistical Office accessed 19-Aug-2009
  2. ^ "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. 
  3. ^ Canton of Lucerne, Office of Municipalities (German) accessed 18 August 2009
  4. ^ Updated statistics (German) accessed 18 August 2009.