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What you need to know about Montreux

Montreux  is a municipality in the district of Riviera-Pays-d’Enhaut in the canton of Vaud in Switzerland. It is located on Lake Geneva shoreline at the foot of the Alps and has a population, as of December 2017, of 26,574 and nearly 90,000 in the agglomeration.

Area Size:  33,4 km²

Population: Estimate 27, 945

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Climate

The Köppen Climate Classification subtype for Montreux’s climate is “Cfb” (Marine West Coast Climate/Oceanic climate).

 

Economy

As of  2010, Montreux had an unemployment rate of 6.9{b21314244d44877e55c3e70e26afbd8456bc195aba543f16fb74fb2706e51c58}. As of 2008, there were 70 people employed in the primary economic sector and about 27 businesses involved in this sector. 1,165 people were employed in the secondary sector and there were 174 businesses in this sector. 9,290 people were employed in the tertiary sector, with 999 businesses in this sector. There were 10,202 residents of the municipality who were employed in some capacity, of which females made up 46.1{b21314244d44877e55c3e70e26afbd8456bc195aba543f16fb74fb2706e51c58} of the workforce.

 

Politics

In the 2007 federal election the most popular party was the SP which received 22.11{b21314244d44877e55c3e70e26afbd8456bc195aba543f16fb74fb2706e51c58} of the vote. The next three most popular parties were the SVP (21.97{b21314244d44877e55c3e70e26afbd8456bc195aba543f16fb74fb2706e51c58}), the FDP (16.06{b21314244d44877e55c3e70e26afbd8456bc195aba543f16fb74fb2706e51c58}) and the Green Party (13.49{b21314244d44877e55c3e70e26afbd8456bc195aba543f16fb74fb2706e51c58}). In the federal election, a total of 4,473 votes were cast, and the voter turnout was 39.7{b21314244d44877e55c3e70e26afbd8456bc195aba543f16fb74fb2706e51c58}.

 

Religion

From the 2000 census, 8,557 or 38.1{b21314244d44877e55c3e70e26afbd8456bc195aba543f16fb74fb2706e51c58} were Roman Catholic, while 6,438 or 28.7{b21314244d44877e55c3e70e26afbd8456bc195aba543f16fb74fb2706e51c58} belonged to the Swiss Reformed Church. Of the rest of the population, there were 745 members of an Orthodox church (or about 3.32{b21314244d44877e55c3e70e26afbd8456bc195aba543f16fb74fb2706e51c58} of the population), there were 18 individuals (or about 0.08{b21314244d44877e55c3e70e26afbd8456bc195aba543f16fb74fb2706e51c58} of the population) who belonged to the Christian Catholic Church, and there were 925 individuals (or about 4.12{b21314244d44877e55c3e70e26afbd8456bc195aba543f16fb74fb2706e51c58} of the population) who belonged to another Christian church. There were 73 individuals (or about 0.33{b21314244d44877e55c3e70e26afbd8456bc195aba543f16fb74fb2706e51c58} of the population) who were Jewish, and 1,031 (or about 4.59{b21314244d44877e55c3e70e26afbd8456bc195aba543f16fb74fb2706e51c58} of the population) who were Muslim. There were 80 individuals who were Buddhist, 171 individuals who were Hindu and 90 individuals who belonged to another church. 2,796 (or about 12.45{b21314244d44877e55c3e70e26afbd8456bc195aba543f16fb74fb2706e51c58} of the population) belonged to no church, are agnostic or atheist, and 1,941 individuals (or about 8.64{b21314244d44877e55c3e70e26afbd8456bc195aba543f16fb74fb2706e51c58} of the population) did not answer the question.

 

Twin towns

Montreux is twinned with the towns of Menton, France and Wiesbaden, Germany, and with the city of Chiba in Japan.