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Sissach

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Sissach is a municipality and the capital of the district of Sissach in the canton of Basel-Country in Switzerland.HistorySissach is first mentioned around 1225-26 as Sissaho.GeographySissach has an area, of 8.87km2. Of this area, 2.5km2 or 28.2% is used for agricultural purposes, while 4.13km2 or 46.6% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 2.22km2 or 25.0% is settled (buildings or roads), 0.02km2 or 0.2% is either rivers or lakes and 0.01km2 or 0.1% is unproductive land.Of the built up area, industrial buildings made up 2.8% of the total area while housing and buildings made up 12.4% and transportation infrastructure made up 6.3%. Power and water infrastructure as well as other special developed areas made up 1.6% of the area while parks, green belts and sports fields made up 1.9%. Out of the forested land, 45.1% of the total land area is heavily forested and 1.5% is covered with orchards or small clusters of trees. Of the agricultural land, 3.6% is used for growing crops and 16.9% is pastures, while 7.7% is used for orchards or vine crops. All the water in the municipality is flowing water.The municipality is the capital of the district with the same name. Sissach village was originally a linear village along the Ergolz river. By the beginning of the 21st Century, it had expanded to fill the entire valley and part of the slopes around the valley. It grew along the road between the Schafmatt and Unterer Hauenstein Jura passes. It includes the settlements of Itchon (first mentioned in 1226), and Gruonach and Wilmatten (both mentioned in 1446).
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