Cloppenburg (German: [ˈklɔpm̩ˌbʊʁk] (listen); Low German: Cloppenborg; Saterland Frisian: Kloppenbuurich) is a town in Lower Saxony, Germany, capital of Cloppenburg District and part of Oldenburg Münsterland. It lies 38 km south-south-west of Oldenburg in the Weser-Ems region between Bremen and the Dutch border. Cloppenburg is not far from the A1, the major motorway connecting the Ruhr area to Bremen and Hamburg. Another major road is the federal highway B213 being the shortest link from the Netherlands to the A1 and thus to Bremen and Hamburg.

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Panorama of Cloppenburg
Panorama of Cloppenburg
Flag of Cloppenburg
Coat of arms of Cloppenburg
Location of Cloppenburg within Cloppenburg district
Cloppenburg (district)Lower SaxonyGarrelBöselFriesoytheBarßelSaterlandLöningenEssenCappelnLastrupLindernCloppenburgMolbergenEmstekOsnabrück (district)EmslandLeer (district)AmmerlandOldenburg (district)Vechta (district)Cloppenburg in CLP.svg
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Cloppenburg is located in Germany
Cloppenburg
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Cloppenburg is located in Lower Saxony
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Cloppenburg
Coordinates: 52°51′N 8°3′E / 52.850°N 8.050°E / 52.850; 8.050Coordinates: 52°51′N 8°3′E / 52.850°N 8.050°E / 52.850; 8.050
CountryGermany
StateLower Saxony
DistrictCloppenburg
Government
 • Mayor (2021–26) Neidhard Varnhorn[1] (CDU)
Area
 • Total70.86 km2 (27.36 sq mi)
Elevation
39 m (128 ft)
Population
 (2020-12-31)[2]
 • Total35,966
 • Density510/km2 (1,300/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Postal codes
49661
Dialling codes04471
Vehicle registrationCLP
Websitewww.cloppenburg.de

The town had strong cultural links with St Munchins Parish in Limerick, Ireland from the 1970s to the 1990s. During this period many groups of teens/young adults from both areas visited and were hosted by families from the other area.

EconomyEdit

 
Cloppenburg Castle

The town is a centre for the largely agricultural region of southern Oldenburg. It is the administrative centre of the district and there are many schools.

However, there is also some industry in town: e.g. Lumberg, (connector systems) and Derby Cycle (bikes).

TourismEdit

 
Cloppenburg Museum

One of Cloppenburg's main tourist attractions is the Cloppenburg Museum Village, a collection of old buildings from the region that were dismantled and reassembled in the museum.

Twin townEdit

Cloppenburg is twinned with:[3]

MayorsEdit

  • Ignatz Feigel (1855–1922)
  • Bernhard Heukamp (1884–1946)
  • Georg Wessling (1889–1974)
  • Wolfgang Wiese (2014–2021)
  • Neidhard Varnhorn (2021–incumbent)

Notable peopleEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Direktwahlen in Niedersachsen vom 12. September 2021" (PDF). Landesamt für Statistik Niedersachsen. 13 October 2021.
  2. ^ Landesamt für Statistik Niedersachsen, LSN-Online Regionaldatenbank, Tabelle A100001G: Fortschreibung des Bevölkerungsstandes, Stand 31. Dezember 2020.
  3. ^ "Partnerstadt". cloppenburg.de (in German). Cloppenburg. Retrieved 2021-03-03.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Cloppenburg at Wikimedia Commons