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Coat of arms of Risch-Rotkreuz
Coat of arms
Risch-Rotkreuz is located in Switzerland
Coordinates: 47°8′N 8°28′E / 47.133°N 8.467°E / 47.133; 8.467Coordinates: 47°8′N 8°28′E / 47.133°N 8.467°E / 47.133; 8.467
Country Switzerland
Canton Zug
District n.a.
 • Total 14.86 km2 (5.74 sq mi)
Elevation 442 m (1,450 ft)
Population (Dec 2014[2])
 • Total 10,036
 • Density 680/km2 (1,700/sq mi)
Postal code 6343
SFOS number 1707
Localities Rotkreuz, Risch, Buonas, Holzhäusern
Surrounded by Cham, Dietwil (AG), Honau (LU), Hünenberg, Meierskappel (LU), Oberrüti (AG), Root (LU), Zug
Twin towns Amaroni (Italy)
Website www.rischrotkreuz.ch
SFSO statistics

Risch-Rotkreuz is a municipality in the canton of Zug in Switzerland. Four villages (Rotkreuz, Risch, Buonas and Holzhäusern) belong to the municipality Risch-Rotkreuz. On the 24th of November, 2007, the name of the municipality changed from Risch to Risch-Rotkreuz. The change was made because the village Rotkreuz has become much bigger than Risch.


View from the Rigi toward Risch and Rotkreuz

The municipality is between the Lake of Zug and the river Reuss. In the south, the Rooterberg is a part of the municipality. Many little rivers and two little lakes flow in Risch-Rotkreuz. The municipality is split up into the three villages of Risch, Buonas and Holzhäusern and the town of Rotkreuz.

Risch had an area, as of 2006, of 14.8 km2 (5.7 sq mi). Of this area, 61% is used for agricultural purposes, while 15.4% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 21.3% is settled (buildings or roads) and the remainder (2.4%) is non-productive (rivers, glaciers or mountains).[3] The combined municipality of Risch-Rotkreuz has an area of 22.9 km2 (8.8 sq mi).[4]


Risch-Rotkreuz has a population (as of 31 December 2014) of 10,036.[2] As of 2007, about 25.4% of the population was made up of foreign nationals.[4] Over the last 10 years the population has grown at a rate of 29.3%. Most of the population (as of 2000) speaks German (84.3%), with Serbo-Croatian being second most common ( 3.3%) and Italian being third ( 2.7%).[3]

The population of Risch is 337, while Rotkreuz has a population of 7,425.[4]

In the 2007 federal election the most popular party was the SVP which received 34.1% of the vote. The next three most popular parties were the FDP (28.6%), the CVP (18.2%) and the Green Party (12.2%).[3]

In Risch about 71.5% of the population (between age 25-64) have completed either non-mandatory upper secondary education or additional higher education (either university or a Fachhochschule).[3]

The majority of the population is Roman Catholic (58%). Of the rest of the population, 14.1% belong to the Swiss Reformed Church, 14.7% belong to another church and 13.2% do not belong to any organized church.[4]


The largest firm in Risch-Rotkreuz is Roche Diagnostics International AG.

Risch-Rotkreuz has an unemployment rate of 2.3%. As of 2005, there were 145 people employed in the primary economic sector and about 47 businesses involved in this sector. 2,162 people are employed in the secondary sector and there are 95 businesses in this sector. 4,220 people are employed in the tertiary sector, with 576 businesses in this sector.[3]


Rotkreuz train station

Risch-Rotkreuz is near the two motorways A4 and A14. By train, you can reach the municipality with the SBB. There is a very important station in Rotkreuz because the railway line crossing the Alps via the Gotthard Pass crosses the Intercity line from Zürich to Lucerne here. On the lake you can go by ship to Cham, Zug and Arth.


  • Castle of Buonas
  • Castle of Freudenberg
  • Church St. Verena in Risch
  • Church St. German in Buonas
  • Church St. Wendelin in Holzhäusern



  1. ^ Arealstatistik Standard - Gemeindedaten nach 4 Hauptbereichen
  2. ^ a b Swiss Federal Statistics Office – STAT-TAB Ständige und Nichtständige Wohnbevölkerung nach Region, Geschlecht, Nationalität und Alter (German) accessed 31 August 2015
  3. ^ a b c d e Swiss Federal Statistical Office accessed 22-Sep-2009
  4. ^ a b c d Risch-Rotkreuz, dates and facts (German) accessed 22 September 2009