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Jona - Jona as seen from the S-Bahn Zürich train station
Jona as seen from the S-Bahn Zürich train station
Country Switzerland Coat of Arms of Jona
Canton St. Gallen
District See-Gaster
Municipality Rapperswil-Jona
47°13′N 8°49′E / 47.217°N 8.817°E / 47.217; 8.817Coordinates: 47°13′N 8°49′E / 47.217°N 8.817°E / 47.217; 8.817
Population 17,799 (December 2006)
  - Density 871 /km2 (2,256 /sq mi)
Area 20.43 km2 (7.89 sq mi)
Elevation 409 m (1,342 ft)
Postal code 8645
SFOS number 3335
Localities Bollingen, Busskirch, Curtiberg, Kempraten-Lenggis, Wagen, Wurmsbach
Surrounded by
(view map)
Altendorf (SZ), Bubikon (ZH), Eschenbach, Freienbach (SZ), Hombrechtikon (ZH), Kempraten, Lachen (SZ), Rapperswil, Rüti (ZH), Schmerikon, Tuggen (SZ), Wangen (SZ)
SFSO statistics
Jona [zoom] is located in Switzerland
Jona [zoom]
Grünfels estate
Stampf lido on Jona river respectively on Obersee (upper Lake Zürich)
St. Martin Busskirch

Jona is a former municipality in the Wahlkreis (constituency) of See-Gaster in the canton of St. Gallen in Switzerland.



Jona is located at the eastern shore of Lake Zürich. It has been part of the municipality of Rapperswil-Jona since 2007, as before comprising the villages of Bollingen, Busskirch, Curtiberg, Kempraten-Lenggis, Wagen and Wurmsbach (Wurmsbach Abbey).


Jona and Rapperswil (1804)
Jona river in Jona, Stadthaus (city hall) to the left

The river Jona flows through the municipality in the Lake Zürich. The river's name was first mentioned in 834 AD, the municipalty Jona was named much later. It is assumed that the name originates as either Celtic Jauna (the cold one) – Jona river is still largely determined by forest area – or, as Indo-Eurepean yamam, meaning stream. Latest interpretations say that the Indo-European word jeu roughly means to move, followed by the Old High German name Jouna .[1] In 1350, Rapperswil and its castle was widely destroyed by Rudolf Brun, and the Herrschaft Rapperswil – Rapperswil and some surrounding villages including Jona – was acquired by the Habsburg family.

After 1803's Act of Mediation, Rapperswil and Jona joined the canton of St. Gallen, and the former Herrschaft Rapperswil was splitten into the municipalites Rapperswil and Jona. Jona, as municipality, was established in 1803 around the former boundaries of the city of Rapperswil, comprising the small rest of the former Herrschaft Rapperswil and the villages of Bollingen, Busskirch, Curtiberg, Kempraten-Lenggis, Wagen and Wurmsbach.

In the early 19th century, Jona river's hydropower was used for a larger number of watermills along the small river. As a renewable source, the river was important for industrialization of the rapidly growing village.

On January 1, 2007, the municipalities of Rapperswil and Jona merged to form a new political entity: Rapperswil-Jona has a population of 25,777 (December 2007). This makes it the second largest town in the canton after the capital St. Gallen itself.


Jona train station on the S-Bahn Zürich lines S5 and S15

Jona is a stop of the Zürich S-Bahn on the lines S5 and S15. Its train station is a 33 minute (S5) ride from Zürich Hauptbahnhof.




  • Eugen Halter: Geschichte der Gemeinde Jona. Politische Gemeinde Jona, Schweizer Verlagshaus, Zürich 1970.

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