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Neumünster (German pronunciation: [nɔʏˈmʏnstɐ]) is an urban municipality in the middle of Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. With more than 79,000 registered inhabitants, it is the fourth-largest municipality in Schleswig-Holstein (behind Kiel, Lübeck and Flensburg).

Neumünster
City hall
City hall
Coat of arms of Neumünster
Coat of arms
Location of Neumünster
Neumünster is located in Germany
Neumünster
Neumünster
Neumünster is located in Schleswig-Holstein
Neumünster
Neumünster
Coordinates: 54°04′17″N 09°59′24″E / 54.07139°N 9.99000°E / 54.07139; 9.99000Coordinates: 54°04′17″N 09°59′24″E / 54.07139°N 9.99000°E / 54.07139; 9.99000
CountryGermany
StateSchleswig-Holstein
DistrictUrban district
Subdivisions9 Stadtbezirke
Government
 • Lord MayorDr. Olaf Tauras (CDU)
Area
 • Total71.57 km2 (27.63 sq mi)
Elevation
22 m (72 ft)
Population
 (2017-12-31)[1]
 • Total79,335
 • Density1,100/km2 (2,900/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
24534 - 24539
Dialling codes04321
Vehicle registrationNMS
WebsiteOfficial website
Vicelinkirche (Vicelin Church)

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HistoryEdit

The first historic record of the precursor village "Wippendorf" dates from 1127.

Current situationEdit

Neumünster station is a major railway junction with lines running in six (formerly seven) directions, including the important Hamburg-Altona–Kiel and Neumünster–Flensburg lines.

Near Neumünster at Ehndorf, there is a high-power medium wave transmission facility for transmitting the program of Deutschlandfunk, the Ehndorf transmitter, which is often named incorrectly as "Neumünster transmitter".

GeographyEdit

Neumünster is located at river Schwale, near the geographical center of Schleswig-Holstein, 35 kilometres (22 mi) south of Kiel, 65 kilometres (40 mi) north of Hamburg and 72 kilometres (45 mi) west of Lübeck. The Aukrug Nature Park is close to the town.

Mayors and Lord mayorsEdit

In 1870 Neumünster received the town privileges. Since 1904 Max Röer was the Lord mayor.[2]

  • 1870–1894: Eduard Schlichting
  • 1894–1919: Max Röer
  • 1919–1933: Detlef Schmidt
  • 1933–1945: Max Stahmer (NSDAP)
  • 1945–1946: Gustav Bärwald (Oberstadtdirektor)
  • 1946–1948: Ludolf Behnke (CDU)
  • 1948–1950: Hugo Voß (SPD)
  • 1950–1970: Walther Lehmkuhl (SPD)
  • 1970–1988: Uwe Harder (SPD)
  • 1988–1991: Franz-Josef Pröpper (SPD)
  • 1991–2009: Hartmut Unterlehberg (SPD)
  • since September 2009: Olaf Tauras (CDU)

Population developmentEdit

  • 1803: 2,588
  • 1900: 27,335
  • 1939: 54,094
  • 1946: 66,185
  • 1972: 86,745
  • 2005: 78,333
  • 2012: 76,951
  • 2015: 79,197


The 10 largest groups of foreign residents by the end of 2018 are :

  Turkey 1,760
  Syria 1,320
  Poland 995
  Bulgaria 970
  Romania 875
  Afghanistan 690
  Iraq 515
  Russia 295
  Iran 250
  Croatia 205

Notable residentsEdit

 
Memorial plate Eduard Müller in Neumünster
 
Christine Haderthauer
 
Panik 2008

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Statistikamt Nord – Bevölkerung der Gemeinden in Schleswig-Holstein 4. Quartal 2017 (XLS-file)". Statistisches Amt für Hamburg und Schleswig-Holstein (in German).
  2. ^ Bürgermeister auf neumünster.de

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