Speicher, Switzerland

Coordinates: 47°24′N 9°26′E / 47.400°N 9.433°E / 47.400; 9.433
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
2008-05-17 Speicher Kanton Appenzell Ausserrhoden 5466.jpg
Coat of arms of Speicher
Location of Speicher
Speicher is located in Switzerland
Speicher is located in Canton of Appenzell Ausserrhoden
Coordinates: 47°24′N 9°26′E / 47.400°N 9.433°E / 47.400; 9.433
CantonAppenzell Ausserrhoden
 • Total8.17 km2 (3.15 sq mi)
924 m (3,031 ft)
 • Total4,379
 • Density540/km2 (1,400/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (Central European Time)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (Central European Summer Time)
Postal code(s)
SFOS number3023
Surrounded byBühler, Eggersriet (SG), Rehetobel, St. Gallen (SG), Teufen, Trogen
SFSO statistics

Speicher is a municipality in the canton of Appenzell Ausserrhoden, in Switzerland.


View from the Vögelinsegg
Aerial view from 200 m by Walter Mittelholzer (1923)

Speicher is first mentioned in 1309 as Spicher.[3] The name originated in the Middle Ages, during the heyday of the Abbey of Saint Gall. At that time the village church served as a granary of the monastery. The first battle of the Appenzell Wars was fought at the village of Vögelinsegg, near Speicher in 1403. A monument to the battle, a pointing Appenzell farmer with a morning star, was built in 1903 on the ridge of Vögelinsegg.

A right of way had to be blasted through the rock at Vögelinsegg to lay the track for the Trogenerbahn in 1900.



Speicher has an area, as of 2006, of 8.21 km2 (3.17 sq mi). Of this area, 54.8% is used for agricultural purposes, while 28.6% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 16.1% is settled (buildings or roads) and the remainder (0.5%) is non-productive (rivers, glaciers or mountains).[4]

The municipality is located in the former District of Mittelland. Until the 1950s the municipality was lightly settled with scattered farmhouses and two small settlements, Speicher and Speicherschwendi. Both have expanded into larger villages since then.


Speicher has a population (as of 2008) of 4,012, of which about 8.5% are foreign nationals.[5] Over the last 10 years the population has grown at a rate of 1.8%. Most of the population (as of 2000) speaks German (93.5%), with Spanish being second most common ( 1.3%) and Albanian being third ( 0.9%).[4]

As of 2000, the gender distribution of the population was 49.5% male and 50.5% female.[6] The age distribution, as of 2000, in Speicher is; 298 people or 7.7% of the population are between 0–6 years old. 477 people or 12.4% are 6-15, and 190 people or 4.9% are 16-19. Of the adult population, 164 people or 4.3% of the population are between 20–24 years old. 1,104 people or 28.7% are 25-44, and 1,077 people or 28.0% are 45-64. The senior population distribution is 405 people or 10.5% of the population are between 65–79 years old, and 138 people or 3.6% are over 80.[6]

In the 2007 federal election the FDP received 72.2% of the vote.[4]

In Speicher about 78% of the population (between age 25-64) have completed either non-mandatory upper secondary education or additional higher education (either university or a Fachhochschule).[4]

Speicher has an unemployment rate of 1.2%. As of 2005, there were 86 people employed in the primary economic sector and about 34 businesses involved in this sector. 256 people are employed in the secondary sector and there are 47 businesses in this sector. 617 people are employed in the tertiary sector, with 156 businesses in this sector.[4]

The historical population is given in the following table:[3][6]

Historical population
1667 908—    
1734 1,634+80.0%
1910 3,315+102.9%
1941 2,137−35.5%
1990 3,789+77.3%
2000 3,953+4.3%
2005 3,921−0.8%
2007 3,953+0.8%


Speicher is home to five kindergartens, one primary school and a secondary school. Students who continue on to advanced secondary attend Gymnasium in Trogen.


The Holzpalast house in the municipality is listed as a heritage site of national significance.[7]


  • Tennis Hall
  • Indoor swimming pool with gym
  • Sports facilities with artificial turf skate park and outdoor handball field
  • Beach volleyball
  • Various sports clubs: FC-Speicher, TV-Speicher, Uni hockey, tennis club
  • Cross-country ski in the winter
  • Vita-Parcours


Speicher is linked to the city of St. Gallen by the Appenzell–St. Gallen–Trogen railway, a narrow-gauge road-side railway line. The line operates two trains per hour throughout the day, with four trains per hour during peak periods. The journey from Speicher to St. Gallen takes 28 minutes and all the way to Appenzell 67 minutes.[8]


  1. ^ a b "Arealstatistik Standard - Gemeinden nach 4 Hauptbereichen". Federal Statistical Office. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  2. ^ "Ständige Wohnbevölkerung nach Staatsangehörigkeitskategorie Geschlecht und Gemeinde; Provisorische Jahresergebnisse; 2018". Federal Statistical Office. 9 April 2019. Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  3. ^ a b Speicher in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland.
  4. ^ a b c d e Swiss Federal Statistical Office accessed 17-Sep-2009
  5. ^ Brief Statistics for the half-canton Archived 2011-06-12 at the Wayback Machine (in German) accessed 15 September 2009
  6. ^ a b c Appenzell Outer Rhodes website Archived 2009-09-13 at the Wayback Machine (in German) accessed 15 September 2009
  7. ^ Swiss inventory of cultural property of national and regional significance Archived 2009-05-01 at the Wayback Machine 21.11.2008 version, (in German) accessed 17-Sep-2009
  8. ^ "St. Gallen–Speicher–Trogen" (PDF). Bundesamt für Verkehr. Retrieved 2014-06-27.