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Seewen is a municipality in the district of Dorneck in the canton of Solothurn in Switzerland. Baslerweiher is a pond above the village.HistorySeewen is first mentioned in 1147 as Sewin. The village's name means "at the lakes" in Old High German, a reference to the former Lake Seewen that was drained in the late 16th century.Seewen murder caseDuring Pentecost 1976 one of the most important Swiss murder cases happened: near the weekend house "Waldeggli", five were killed in a brutal way. The Seewen murder case counts as one of the biggest unsolved crimes in Swiss criminal history.GeographySeewen has an area, of 16.3km2. Of this area, 6.57km2 or 40.3% is used for agricultural purposes, while 8.81km2 or 54.0% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 0.95km2 or 5.8% is settled (buildings or roads), 0.06km2 or 0.4% is either rivers or lakes.Of the built up area, housing and buildings made up 3.1% and transportation infrastructure made up 1.7%. Out of the forested land, 50.2% of the total land area is heavily forested and 3.9% is covered with orchards or small clusters of trees. Of the agricultural land, 9.9% is used for growing crops and 24.2% is pastures, while 4.1% is used for orchards or vine crops and 2.1% is used for alpine pastures. Of the water in the municipality, 0.2% is in lakes and 0.2% is in rivers and streams.
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