Menzingen is a municipality in the canton of Zug in Switzerland.


Coat of arms
Location of Menzingen
Coordinates: 47°11′N 8°36′E
  Total27.50 km2 (10.62 sq mi)
805 m (2,641 ft)
  Density170/km2 (430/sq mi)
Postal code
SFOS number1704
Surrounded byBaar, Hirzel (ZH), Hütten (ZH), Neuheim, Oberägeri, Schönenberg (ZH), Unterägeri
SFSO statistics


Menzingen is first mentioned around 1217-22 as Meincingin.[3]

The traditionalist Society of Saint Pius X, which is said to have broken with the Vatican over "doctrinal difficulties" with the teachings of the Second Vatican Council, is headquartered in Menzingen.[4]


Menzingen has an area, as of 2006, of 27.5 km2 (10.6 sq mi). Of this area, 62.5% is used for agricultural purposes, while 28.3% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 7.6% is settled (buildings or roads) and the remainder (1.5%) is non-productive (rivers, glaciers or mountains).[5]

The municipality is located on a moraine plateau between the Lorze and Sihl rivers at an elevation of about 800 m (2,600 ft). In 1848 the municipality of Neuheim separated from Menzingen. It consists of the village of Menzingen and a number of hamlets and individual farm houses.

It includes Edlibach and Finstersee and, until the late 1950s, was the highest destination of the then famous Zug tramways.


Menzingen has a population (as of 31 December 2018) of 4,539.[6] As of 2007, 16.1% of the population was made up of foreign nationals. Over the last 10 years, the population has decreased at a rate of -1.6%. Most of the population (as of 2000) speaks German (88.8%), with Albanian being second most common (3.3%) and Serbo-Croatian being third (1.5%).[5]

In the 2007 federal election, the most popular party was the SVP which received 31.6% of the vote. The next three most popular parties were the CVP (30.6%), the FDP (19.8%) and the Green Party (11.6%).[5]

In Menzingen, about 69.3% of the population (between age 25-64) have completed either non-mandatory upper secondary education or additional higher education (either university or a Fachhochschule).[5]

Menzingen has an unemployment rate of 1.25%. As of 2005, there were 288 people employed in the primary economic sector and about 107 businesses involved in this sector. 211 people are employed in the secondary sector and there are 37 businesses in this sector. 1,066 people are employed in the tertiary sector, with 133 businesses in this sector.[5]

The historical population is given in the following table:[3]

year population
1743 1,676
1799 2,290
1850 2,113
1900 2,495
1950 3,398
2000 4,495


  1. "Arealstatistik Standard - Gemeinden nach 4 Hauptbereichen". Federal Statistical Office. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  2. "Ständige Wohnbevölkerung nach Staatsangehörigkeitskategorie Geschlecht und Gemeinde; Provisorische Jahresergebnisse; 2018". Federal Statistical Office. 9 April 2019. Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  3. Menzingen in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland.
  4. Glatz, Carol (14 June 2012). "SSPX says doctrinal difficulties could prolong talks with Vatican". Catholic News Service. Archived from the original on 6 March 2013. Retrieved 14 June 2012.
  5. Swiss Federal Statistical Office Archived 2016-01-05 at the Wayback Machine accessed 22-Sep-2009
  6. Swiss Federal Statistical Office - STAT-TAB, online database – Ständige und nichtständige Wohnbevölkerung nach institutionellen Gliederungen, Geburtsort und Staatsangehörigkeit (in German) accessed 23 September 2019
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