Constituency of Rorschach

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Constituency of Rorschach
Basic data
Country: SwitzerlandSwitzerland Switzerland
Canton : Canton of St. GallenCanton of St. Gallen St. Gallen (SG)
Main town :
FSO number : 1722
Area : 50.45  km²
Height range : 392–899 m above sea level M.
Residents: 43,142 (December 31, 2018)
Population density : 855 inhabitants per km²
Map of constituency Rorschach

The constituency of Rorschach is a sub-unit of the canton of St. Gallen in Switzerland , which was formed according to the new cantonal constitution of June 10, 2001. Since January 1, 2003, it has consisted of the former Rorschach district without Eggersriet , but with Thal from the former Lower Rhine Valley district .

politic and economy

Mirrored sunset over Rorschach.

The center of the constituency of Rorschach is the port city of the same name and bears the burden of the region. The apartments are cheap, but the proportion of foreigners is 48 percent and the social assistance quota is 4.2 percent - in the entire constituency it is only 1.9 percent. The coexistence of the different nationalities, however, works well.

The settlement area of Rorschach has grown together with Goldach , Rorschacherberg and Staad and the city limits are no longer recognizable. The communities work together. Rorschach has a joint fire brigade with Rorschacherberg and a football club with Goldach. In tax competition, on the other hand, the central municipality is up to around 40 tax percent higher than the neighboring towns. A merger of the merged communities of Goldach, Rorschach and Rorschacherberg failed in 2007/08 and 2014 due to finances.

Distribution of seats
Election year 2004 2008 2012 2016 2020
SP 4th 2 2 2 2
CVP 4th 3 3 2 2
FDP 3 2 2 3 2
SVP 4th 3 3 3 3
all in all 15th 10 10 10 10
Seats in the Cantonal Council (2020-2024)
A total of 10 seats

In the 19th century, Rorschach benefited from the development of traffic and the newly built railway lines to St.Gallen and Romanshorn . In its heyday around 1910, the Feldmühle embroidery factory employed around 2,700 people. The Feldmühle site is now an industrial wasteland on which a new city center with apartments and commercial space is planned.

In 2004 the Christian Democrats (CVP) in the constituency of Rorschach were the strongest political force for the last time. They were replaced in 2008 by the Swiss People's Party (SVP), which has held this position ever since. The FDP increased slightly from 2008 to 2016 , while the Social Democrats (SP) suffered a decline from 2004. The EPP has had a share of the vote of 3 to 4 percent since 2012. In 2020 the Greens won a seat for the first time.

Political structure

The constituency includes the following municipalities:

coat of arms Name of the parish Population
(December 31, 2018)
in km²
per km²
Mountain (SG) 850 3.76 226
Goldach 9269 4.71 1968
Mörschwil 3585 9.84 364
Rorschach 9441 1.78 5304
Rorschacherberg 7286 7.09 1028
Steinach 3606 4.49 803
Thal 6571 9.66 680
Tübach 1461 1.99 734
Untereggen 1073 7.13 150
Total (9) 43,142 50.45 855

Web links

Commons : Wahlkreis Rorschach  - Collection of images, videos and audio files


  1. Until 2008, the canton parliament had 180 instead of 120 seats since then.

Individual evidence

  1. Permanent and non-permanent resident population by year, canton, district, municipality, population type and gender (permanent resident population). In: bfs. . Federal Statistical Office (FSO), August 31, 2019, accessed on December 22, 2019 .
  2. a b c Michael Genova: Before the St. Gallen elections: The port of the homeless - a portrait of the constituency of Rorschach. In: St. Galler Tagblatt (online), March 3, 2020
  3. ^ Fritz Bichsel: New attempt for the merger of the "Stadt am See". In. St. Galler Tagblatt. (online), April 3, 2013
  4. No merger in the Rorschach region. In. St. Galler Tagblatt. (online), May 18, 2014
  5. Minutes of the election of the new cantonal council of March 14, 2004. On the website of the canton of St. Gallen, March 29, 2004
  6. Cantonal election 2008: constituency of Rorschach. On the website of the Canton of St. Gallen, June 18, 2019
  7. Cantonal election 2012: constituency Rorschach. On the website of the Canton of St. Gallen, June 18, 2019
  8. Cantonal election 2016: constituency Rorschach. On the website of the Canton of St. Gallen, June 13, 2019
  9. a b c Cantonal election 2020: constituency Rorschach. On the website of the Canton of St. Gallen, March 8, 2020
  10. Thomas Oegerli: Cantonal elections in the canton of St. Gallen. Cantonal elections 2004 - 2016. In: Statistics currently 58 , Office for Statistics of the Canton of St. Gallen, February 2017 (PDF; 1.0 MB)
  11. Federal Statistical Office Generalized Limits 2020.