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Vevey

Vevey is a town in Switzerland in the canton of Vaud, on the north shore of Lake Geneva, near Lausanne. The German name Vivis is no longer used, it was the seat of the district of the same name until 2006, is now part of the Riviera-Pays-d'Enhaut District. It is part of the French-speaking area of Switzerland. Vevey is home to the world headquarters of the international food and beverage company Nestlé, founded here in 1867. Milk chocolate was invented in Vevey by Daniel Peter in 1875, with the aid of Henri Nestlé; the residence of British American actor and comedian Charlie Chaplin was in Vevey, where he lived from 1952 until his death in 1977. A piloti settlement existed here as early as the 2nd millennium BC. Under Rome, it was known as Vibiscum, it was mentioned for the first time by the ancient Greek astronomer and philosopher Ptolemy, who gave it the name Ouikos. In the Middle Ages it was a station on the Via Francigena, it was ruled by the bishopric of Lausanne, under the Blonay family. Vevey lived through a period of prosperity after the Vaud Revolution of 1798.

In the 19th century industrial activities included mechanical engineering at the Ateliers de Constructions Mécaniques de Vevey and tobacco. Vevey has an area, as of 2009, of 2.4 square kilometers. Of this area, 0.07 km2 or 2.9% is used for agricultural purposes, while 0.11 km2 or 4.6% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 2.13 km2 or 89.5 % is settled, 0.04 km2 or 1.7 % is either lakes. Of the built up area, industrial buildings made up 2.9% of the total area while housing and buildings made up 51.3% and transportation infrastructure made up 26.9%. Power and water infrastructure as well as other special developed areas made up 1.7% of the area while parks, green belts and sports fields made up 6.7%. Out of the forested land, all of the forested land area is covered with heavy forests. Of the agricultural land, 0.4% is used for growing crops and 1.7% is pastures. All the water in the municipality is flowing water; the municipality was the capital of the Vevey District until it was dissolved on 31 August 2006, Vevey became the capital of the new district of Riviera-Pays-d'Enhaut.

The blazon of the municipal coat of arms is Per pale Or and Azure, two Letters V interlaced counterchanged. Vevey has a population of 19,891; as of 2008, 43.2% of the population are resident foreign nationals. Over the last 10 years the population has changed at a rate of 16.2%. It has changed at a rate of 3.4 % due to births and deaths. Most of the population speaks French as their first language, with Italian being second most common and Portuguese being third. There are 7 people who speak Romansh; the age distribution, as of 2009, in Vevey is. Of the adult population, 2,543 people or 14.1 % of the population are between 29 years old. 3,059 people or 17.0% are between 30 and 39, 2,852 people or 15.9% are between 40 and 49, 2,059 people or 11.5% are between 50 and 59. The senior population distribution is 1,516 people or 8.4% of the population are between 60 and 69 years old, 1,131 people or 6.3% are between 70 and 79, there are 806 people or 4.5% who are between 80 and 89, there are 138 people or 0.8% who are 90 and older.

As of 2000, there were 6,936 people who never married in the municipality. There were 6,966 married individuals, 1,065 widows or widowers and 1,235 individuals who are divorced; as of 2000, there were 7,830 private households in the municipality, an average of 2. Persons per household. There were 3,667 households that consist of only one person and 334 households with five or more people. Out of a total of 8,012 households that answered this question, 45.8% were households made up of just one person and there were 39 adults who lived with their parents. Of the rest of the households, there are 1,694 married couples without children, 1,754 married couples with children There were 527 single parents with a child or children. There were 149 households that were made up of unrelated people and 182 households that were made up of some sort of institution or another collective housing. In 2000 there were 264 single family homes out of a total of 1,286 inhabited buildings. There were 565 multi-family buildings, along with 329 multi-purpose buildings that were used for housing and 128 other use buildings that had some housing.

In 2000, a total of 7,752 apartments were permanently occupied, while 1,117 apartments were seasonally occupied and 430 apartments were empty. As of 2009, the construction rate of new housing units was 6.8 new units per 1000 residents. As of 2003 the average price to rent an average apartment in Vevey was 1067.93 Swiss francs per month. The average rate for a one-room apartment was 567.76 CHF, a two-room apartment was about 787.77 CHF, a three-room apartment was about 1014.16 CHF and a six or more room apartment cost an average of 1817.64 CHF. The average apartment price in Vevey was 95.7% of the national average of 1116 CHF. The vacancy rate for the municipality, in 2010, was 0.45%. The historical population is given in the following chart: There are 14 structures in Vevey that are listed as Swiss heritage site of nat

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