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Coat of arms of Rapperswil-Jona
State : SwitzerlandSwitzerland Switzerland
Canton : Canton of St. GallenCanton of St. Gallen Canton of St. Gallen (SG)
Constituency : Sea gaster
BFS no. : 3340i1 f3 f4
Postal code : 8645 Kempraten
8640 Rapperswil
8645 Jona
8646 Car
8715 Bollingen
UN / LOCODE : CH ZJW (Rapperswil)
CH JON (Jona)
CH WAN (car)
Coordinates : 705 500  /  231800 coordinates: 47 ° 13 '43 "  N , 8 ° 49' 54"  O ; CH1903:  705.5 thousand  /  231800
Height : 409  m above sea level M.
Height range : 392-544 m above sea level M.
Area : 22.25  km²
Residents: i26,999 (December 31, 2018)
Population density : 1213 inhabitants per km²
Proportion of foreigners :
(residents without
citizenship )
18.6% (December 31, 2009)
City President : Martin Stöckling ( FDP )
Website: www.rapperswil-jona.ch


Location of the municipality
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Rapperswil-Jona is a political municipality in the Swiss canton of St. Gallen and with 26,999 inhabitants (December 31, 2018) its second largest city - after the city of St. Gallen .

The municipality of Rapperswil-Jona consists of the former municipalities of Rapperswil and Jona , which merged in 2007, with the associated localities of Kempraten , Wagen and Bollingen .


Rapperswil-Jona, on the right bank of Lake Zurich , is a popular excursion destination thanks to the lake shore, the old town and Circus Knies children's zoo . From Rapperswil the lake dam that separates Lake Zurich into the smaller Obersee and the larger Untersee , the actual Lake Zurich, leads to Pfäffikon SZ . Until December 31, 2006, Jona was a municipality in the constituency of See-Gaster in the southwest of the canton of St. Gallen with around 17,700 inhabitants, making it the second largest city in the canton.


The municipalities of Rapperswil and Jona, which were merged on January 1, 2007, had a partially common infrastructure even before the merger , the border between the two places was almost unrecognizable even for locals, as the border area was built over. They also formed a social unit, the term Rapperswil-Jona was already included in the names of various clubs a few years before the merger (e.g. ice hockey club and FC Rapperswil-Jona ).

Lake promenade

After an initial referendum, initiated by the authorities and rejected by the voters of Jonas, the population approved a merger between Rapperswil (2001: 7,400 inhabitants; yes share 82%) and Jona (2001: 17,100) in a further consultative vote in 2003 Residents; yes share 52%). The decisive referendum took place on May 1, 2005. Around 60% of the Joner and 90% of the Rapperswiler agreed to the merger - so it could be completed in 2007.


The city council of Rapperswil-Jona consists of seven members. The school president and the head of the building, transport and environment department are ex officio members of the executive; they and the mayor work full-time, the other members to a 25% workload. Until the end of 2006, the Jona municipal council and the Rapperswil council ruled separately.

Rapperswil-Jona is the largest Swiss city without a parliament . Political matters are dealt with at the citizens' assembly , which is held two to three times a year . New civil rights are foreseen in the new city regulations.

In the Swiss parliamentary elections 2019, the share of the vote in Rapperswil-Jona was: SVP 25.5%, Greens 18.0%, FDP 17.2%, CVP 13.9%, SP 12.9%, glp 10.1%, EPP 1.3%.

coat of arms

The Rapperswil roses and a blue horizontal wavy line symbolizing the Jona River and Lake Zurich are depicted on the coat of arms. The new coat of arms was adopted at the municipal assembly on December 1, 2005 as part of the vote on the new municipal code.



City view from the Lindenhof


In the city of Rapperswil-Jona there are four operating stops and train stations: These are in particular the Rapperswil train station, the Jona train station and the stops in Kempraten and Blumenau. The Bollingen stop was discontinued in 2004. Rapperswil-Jona is part of the Zurich Transport Association (ZVV).

In long-distance traffic there are connections in Rapperswil with the Voralpen-Express to St. Gallen and in the direction of Arth-Goldau to Lucerne . The S-Bahn 5, 7, 15 and 40 of the S-Bahn Zurich and the S-Bahn 6 of the S-Bahn St. Gallen are used for local transport. The city bus is operated by the Zürichsee and Oberland transport companies (VZO).

main square

Business and media

Internationally known companies based in Jona are the sanitary appliance manufacturer Geberit and the cement producer Holcim .

The weekly newspaper Obersee Nachrichten and the Zürichsee-Zeitung Obersee (former Linth-Zeitung ) report on current topics from the city and region. A city magazine is published monthly.


The primary school (as of 2012) is housed in the school buildings Hanfländer, Südquartier, Bollwies, Schachen, Herrenberg, Weiden, Lenggis and Dorf; Since August 2012, the upper level has been combined from secondary school and junior high school in the school buildings Bollwies, Burgerau, Weiden, Kreuzstrasse and Rain. Until then, both steps were housed in separate buildings. At the vocational and advanced training center in Rapperswil (BWZ), basic training and advanced training such as language courses are carried out.

The Rapperswil University of Applied Sciences (HSR) is located in Rapperswil, with a focus on technology / information technology as well as construction and planning.

Leisure and culture


Rapperswil-Jona has long been connected to the Swiss National Circus Knie , which moves into its winter quarters here and also has its headquarters. Knie also runs the local children's zoo.

The Stampf bathing facility is located on Lake Zurich in Jona and includes several beach volleyball fields, a water slide, a restaurant, a 5-meter diving platform and a paddling pool. The facility also serves as a campsite.


Facilities and events

Back alley

The city has some of its sponsored sports facilities, which are maintained by its property, sports, leisure, tourism department . The city administration is responsible for the promotion of sports , the provision of sports facilities for the population, the implementation of compulsory swimming lessons (school sports) and information for the residents regarding sports facilities, sports facilities, sports clubs and sporting events. The municipal sports center is located in the Grünfeld area in Jona. In addition to a football stadium, there is an athletics facility with a 400-meter circular track, numerous football fields, a beach volleyball facility and fields for fistball and tennis.

Ironman 70.3 Switzerland has been taking place in June since 2007 - a triathlon over the middle distance (1.9 km swimming, 90 km cycling and 21.1 km running). Another tradition is the castle run, which has been taking place in Rapperswil's old town since 1988 in October. Around 1000 runners of all ages take part every year.

sports clubs

The ice hockey national league A club SC Rapperswil-Jona Lakers is at home in Rapperswil . The “Rosenstädter” were relegated from the highest Swiss hockey league, the National League-A, at the end of the 2014/2015 season. The club had previously been in the highest Swiss hockey league since its promotion in 1994. On April 25, 2018, the SCRJ Lakers rose again to the top division against Kloten. The football club FC Rapperswil-Jona , whose 1st team plays in the Challenge League , was founded in 1928. The Bandits baseball club was founded in 2001 in Jona. The first 1st team has been playing in the National League A of the Swiss Baseball Federation ( SBSF ) since 2016 .



At Herrenberg

The three-day blues'n'jazz festival takes place annually in the old town and around the harbor basin in Rapperswil . With 35,000 to 40,000 visitors, it was one of the largest cultural events in the Obersee region. The first event took place in 1999. The lake night festival takes place there every three years (exception: 2013 instead of 2012). The 27th edition of the Rapperswil Lake Night Festival took place in 2015 and attracted around 75,000 visitors. The Christmas market, known as the Christkindlimärt , which has existed since 2002, is limited to the old town . With over 20,000 visitors annually, the market is one of the largest Christmas markets in Switzerland.

The Eis-Zwei-Geissebei on Shrove Tuesday at the Rapperswil Town Hall is one of the oldest customs practiced in Rapperswil.

The spring festival in Jonah is held at the end of April. It is one of the largest festivals in the region and gained regional fame, among other things because of the specialty " Shapale " from Tibet.


The Kunst (Zeug) Haus in old armory was opened in May 2008 and is a former Rapperswiler armory housed. The focus of the around five thousand works of art is the Peter and Elisabeth Bosshard Collection . The Kunsthaus brings visitors closer to Swiss contemporary art in public tours . Free workshops are offered twice a year for school classes .

In the Lotte Boots (1898-1986) In 1986, the municipality Jona bequeathed Villa Grünfels are Jugendmusikschule and Kellerbühne Grünfels housed. In the basement stage, music , cabaret and theater from the cabaret scene are shown. The villa is right next to the Jona train station.

The Center for Current Culture (ZAK) is a cultural venue for young people near the Jona train station. Various cultural events are held regularly at the ZAK.

The Enea Tree Museum has existed since 2010 .



Town twinning

Web links

Commons : Rapperswil-Jona  - Collection of images, videos and audio files
Wikivoyage: Rapperswil-Jona  - travel guide

Individual evidence

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  5. Renewal election of the National Council. Retrieved August 3, 2020 .
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