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Coat of arms of Satigny
Coat of arms
Satigny is located in Switzerland
Location of Satigny
Karte Gemeinde Satigny 2007.png
Satigny is located in Canton of Geneva
Satigny (Canton of Geneva)
Coordinates: 46°13′N 06°02′E / 46.217°N 6.033°E / 46.217; 6.033Coordinates: 46°13′N 06°02′E / 46.217°N 6.033°E / 46.217; 6.033
Country Switzerland
Canton Geneva
District n.a.
 • Mayor Maire
Daniel Stettler
 • Total 18.92 km2 (7.31 sq mi)
Elevation 505 m (1,657 ft)
Population (Dec 2016[2])
 • Total 4,102
 • Density 220/km2 (560/sq mi)
Postal code 1242
SFOS number 6638
Surrounded by Aire-la-Ville, Bernex, Dardagny, Meyrin, Prévessin-Moëns (FR-01), Russin, Saint-Genis-Pouilly (FR-01), Thoiry (FR-01), Vernier
SFSO statistics

Satigny is a municipality of the Canton of Geneva, Switzerland. It is the largest wine-producing municipality in Switzerland.[3]


Satigny is first mentioned in 91 as villam Satiniatis, though this comes from a 12th Century copy of the earlier document. In around 1128 it was mentioned as de Satiniaco and in 1280 as Satignie.[4]


Bridge and forest near Satigny

Satigny has an area, as of 2009, of 18.92 square kilometers (7.31 sq mi). Of this area, 11.25 km2 (4.34 sq mi) or 59.5% is used for agricultural purposes, while 3.51 km2 (1.36 sq mi) or 18.6% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 3.68 km2 (1.42 sq mi) or 19.5% is settled (buildings or roads), 0.44 km2 (0.17 sq mi) or 2.3% is either rivers or lakes and 0.03 km2 (7.4 acres) or 0.2% is unproductive land.[5]

Of the built up area, industrial buildings made up 6.8% of the total area while housing and buildings made up 5.1% and transportation infrastructure made up 4.4%. Power and water infrastructure as well as other special developed areas made up 2.0% of the area while parks, green belts and sports fields made up 1.1%. Out of the forested land, 16.9% of the total land area is heavily forested and 1.7% is covered with orchards or small clusters of trees. Of the agricultural land, 29.6% is used for growing crops and 3.7% is pastures, while 26.2% is used for orchards or vine crops. All the water in the municipality is flowing water.[5]

It consists of the villages of Satigny, Bourdigny, Choully, Peissy, Peney, Château des Bois and Moulin-Fabry.

The municipality of Satigny consists of the sub-sections or villages of Satigny - Grands-Bois, Choully, Bourdigny, ZIMEYSA - Pré-Bouvier, ZIMEYSA - Moulières, Montfleury, Bois-de-Bay, Peney, La Boverie, Peissy, Satigny - village.[6]


Main street in the Montfleury hamlet
Fields and houses in Montfleury

Satigny has a population (as of December 2016) of 4,102.[2] As of 2008, 25.1% of the population are resident foreign nationals.[7] Over the last 10 years (1999–2009 ) the population has changed at a rate of 21.6%. It has changed at a rate of 21.6% due to migration and at a rate of 0.3% due to births and deaths.[8]

Most of the population (as of 2000) speaks French (2,208 or 79.3%), with German being second most common (137 or 4.9%) and English being third (125 or 4.5%). There are 62 people who speak Italian and 2 people who speak Romansh.[9]

As of 2008, the gender distribution of the population was 51.5% male and 48.5% female. The population was made up of 1,338 Swiss men (36.2% of the population) and 565 (15.3%) non-Swiss men. There were 1,372 Swiss women (37.1%) and 423 (11.4%) non-Swiss women.[10] Of the population in the municipality 599 or about 21.5% were born in Satigny and lived there in 2000. There were 781 or 28.0% who were born in the same canton, while 463 or 16.6% were born somewhere else in Switzerland, and 808 or 29.0% were born outside of Switzerland.[9]

In 2008 there were 23 live births to Swiss citizens and 6 births to non-Swiss citizens, and in same time span there were 34 deaths of Swiss citizens and 10 non-Swiss citizen deaths. Ignoring immigration and emigration, the population of Swiss citizens decreased by 11 while the foreign population decreased by 4. There were 3 Swiss men who immigrated back to Switzerland and 8 Swiss women who emigrated from Switzerland. At the same time, there were 43 non-Swiss men and 22 non-Swiss women who immigrated from another country to Switzerland. The total Swiss population change in 2008 (from all sources, including moves across municipal borders) was an increase of 91 and the non-Swiss population increased by 42 people. This represents a population growth rate of 4.4%.[7]

The age distribution of the population (as of 2000) is children and teenagers (0–19 years old) make up 24.8% of the population, while adults (20–64 years old) make up 64.1% and seniors (over 64 years old) make up 11%.[8]

As of 2000, there were 1,128 people who were single and never married in the municipality. There were 1,405 married individuals, 119 widows or widowers and 133 individuals who are divorced.[9]

As of 2000, there were 1,043 private households in the municipality, and an average of 2.5 persons per household.[8] There were 290 households that consist of only one person and 68 households with five or more people. Out of a total of 1,087 households that answered this question, 26.7% were households made up of just one person and there were 4 adults who lived with their parents. Of the rest of the households, there are 292 married couples without children, 404 married couples with children There were 42 single parents with a child or children. There were 11 households that were made up of unrelated people and 44 households that were made up of some sort of institution or another collective housing.[9]

In 2000 there were 276 single family homes (or 48.4% of the total) out of a total of 570 inhabited buildings. There were 122 multi-family buildings (21.4%), along with 125 multi-purpose buildings that were mostly used for housing (21.9%) and 47 other use buildings (commercial or industrial) that also had some housing (8.2%). Of the single family homes 100 were built before 1919, while 8 were built between 1990 and 2000. The most multi-family homes (39) were built before 1919 and the next most (26) were built between 1996 and 2000.[11]

In 2000 there were 1,132 apartments in the municipality. The most common apartment size was 3 rooms of which there were 299. There were 86 single room apartments and 384 apartments with five or more rooms. Of these apartments, a total of 977 apartments (86.3% of the total) were permanently occupied, while 128 apartments (11.3%) were seasonally occupied and 27 apartments (2.4%) were empty.[11] As of 2009, the construction rate of new housing units was 18.3 new units per 1000 residents.[8] The vacancy rate for the municipality, in 2010, was 0.23%.[8]

The historical population is given in the following chart:[4][12]

Heritage sites of national significance[edit]

Choully Castle and Farms in Choully and Domaine Pellegrin in Peissy are listed as Swiss heritage site of national significance. The villages of Bourdigny, Choully, Peissy and the Satigny-Dessus area are all part of the Inventory of Swiss Heritage Sites.[13]


In the 2007 federal election the most popular party was the SVP which received 20.63% of the vote. The next three most popular parties were the Green Party (16.52%), the FDP (16.37%) and the LPS Party (15.09%). In the federal election, a total of 894 votes were cast, and the voter turnout was 52.7%.[14]

In the 2009 Grand Conseil election, there were a total of 1,833 registered voters of which 806 (44.0%) voted. The most popular party in the municipality for this election was the Les Radicaux with 17.6% of the ballots. In the canton-wide election they received the sixth highest proportion of votes. The second most popular party was the Les Verts (with 17.3%), they were also second in the canton-wide election, while the third most popular party was the Libéral (with 14.8%), they were first in the canton-wide election.[15]

For the 2009 Conseil d'Etat election, there were a total of 1,832 registered voters of which 996 (54.4%) voted.[15]

In 2011, all the municipalities held local elections, and in Satigny there were 19 spots open on the municipal council. There were a total of 2,381 registered voters of which 1,172 (49.2%) voted. Out of the 1,172 votes, there were 11 blank votes, 10 null or unreadable votes and 169 votes with a name that was not on the list.[15]


As of  2010, Satigny had an unemployment rate of 3.5%. As of 2008, there were 188 people employed in the primary economic sector and about 42 businesses involved in this sector. 4,431 people were employed in the secondary sector and there were 137 businesses in this sector. 2,867 people were employed in the tertiary sector, with 244 businesses in this sector.[8] There were 1,447 residents of the municipality who were employed in some capacity, of which females made up 42.4% of the workforce.

In 2008 the total number of full-time equivalent jobs was 7,044. The number of jobs in the primary sector was 139, all of which were in agriculture. The number of jobs in the secondary sector was 4,322 of which 3,074 or (71.1%) were in manufacturing, 28 or (0.6%) were in mining and 1,140 (26.4%) were in construction. The number of jobs in the tertiary sector was 2,583. In the tertiary sector; 1,183 or 45.8% were in wholesale or retail sales or the repair of motor vehicles, 317 or 12.3% were in the movement and storage of goods, 172 or 6.7% were in a hotel or restaurant, 146 or 5.7% were in the information industry, 21 or 0.8% were the insurance or financial industry, 322 or 12.5% were technical professionals or scientists, 19 or 0.7% were in education and 160 or 6.2% were in health care.[16]

In 2000, there were 7,090 workers who commuted into the municipality and 1,056 workers who commuted away. The municipality is a net importer of workers, with about 6.7 workers entering the municipality for every one leaving. About 27.7% of the workforce coming into Satigny are coming from outside Switzerland, while 0.2% of the locals commute out of Switzerland for work.[17] Of the working population, 13.5% used public transportation to get to work, and 66.6% used a private car.[8]


From the 2000 census, 1,075 or 38.6% were Roman Catholic, while 735 or 26.4% belonged to the Swiss Reformed Church. Of the rest of the population, there were 12 members of an Orthodox church (or about 0.43% of the population), there were 7 individuals (or about 0.25% of the population) who belonged to the Christian Catholic Church, and there were 72 individuals (or about 2.59% of the population) who belonged to another Christian church. There were 4 individuals (or about 0.14% of the population) who were Jewish, and 16 (or about 0.57% of the population) who were Islamic. There were 17 individuals who were Buddhist, 2 individuals who were Hindu and 4 individuals who belonged to another church. 617 (or about 22.15% of the population) belonged to no church, are agnostic or atheist, and 224 individuals (or about 8.04% of the population) did not answer the question.[9]


In Satigny about 857 or (30.8%) of the population have completed non-mandatory upper secondary education, and 608 or (21.8%) have completed additional higher education (either university or a Fachhochschule). Of the 608 who completed tertiary schooling, 40.6% were Swiss men, 28.6% were Swiss women, 17.8% were non-Swiss men and 13.0% were non-Swiss women.[9]

During the 2009-2010 school year there were a total of 763 students in the Satigny school system. The education system in the Canton of Geneva allows young children to attend two years of non-obligatory Kindergarten.[18] During that school year, there were 95 children who were in a pre-kindergarten class. The canton's school system provides two years of non-mandatory kindergarten and requires students to attend six years of primary school, with some of the children attending smaller, specialized classes. In Satigny there were 93 students in kindergarten or primary school and 10 students were in the special, smaller classes. The secondary school program consists of three lower, obligatory years of schooling, followed by three to five years of optional, advanced schools. There were 93 lower secondary students who attended school in Satigny. There were 143 upper secondary students from the municipality along with 21 students who were in a professional, non-university track program. An additional 43 students attended a private school.[19]

As of 2000, there were 7 students in Satigny who came from another municipality, while 261 residents attended schools outside the municipality.[17]


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