Oevenum (Fering: Ööwenem, Danish: Øvenum) is a municipality on the island of Föhr, in the district of Nordfriesland, in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany.

Oevenum
Ööwenem / Øvenum
A street in Oevenum
A street in Oevenum
Location of Oevenum
Ööwenem / Øvenum within Nordfriesland district
Oevenum in NF.PNG
Oevenum Ööwenem / Øvenum is located in Germany
Oevenum Ööwenem / Øvenum
Oevenum
Ööwenem / Øvenum
Oevenum Ööwenem / Øvenum is located in Schleswig-Holstein
Oevenum Ööwenem / Øvenum
Oevenum
Ööwenem / Øvenum
Coordinates: 54°43′N 8°31′E / 54.717°N 8.517°E / 54.717; 8.517Coordinates: 54°43′N 8°31′E / 54.717°N 8.517°E / 54.717; 8.517
CountryGermany
StateSchleswig-Holstein
DistrictNordfriesland
Municipal assoc.Föhr-Amrum
Government
 • MayorGisela Riemann
Area
 • Total10.87 km2 (4.20 sq mi)
Elevation
2 m (7 ft)
Population
 (2020-12-31)[1]
 • Total465
 • Density43/km2 (110/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Postal codes
25938
Dialling codes04681
Vehicle registrationNF
Websitewww.oevenum.de

HistoryEdit

In 1796 23 houses in the neighbouring village of Nieblum were destroyed by a fire. Subsequently, a bell was installed atop Oevenum's school house to warn the people in case of fire. The bell was moreover rung in the morning and at noon and was also used as a means of alarm during storm surges. In 1882 Germany's first junior firefighters were recruited in Oevenum. Thus Oevenum's Junior Fire Service is presumably also the oldest of its kind in Europe.

At the end of the Franco-Prussian War in 1871 an oak tree was planted in Oevenum to celebrate the subsequent peace.

Homeland museumEdit

In a former barn, a homeland museum has been established which documents life in general and the agricultural development on Föhr. You will also find information on navigating, the construction of sea dikes and on the sea surrounding Föhr.

PoliticsEdit

Since the communal elections of 2008, the Oevenumuer Wählergemeinschaft holds eight seats out of nine in the municipality council. A single candidate holds the other seat.

EconomyEdit

Tourism is an important source of income for Oevenum.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Statistikamt Nord – Bevölkerung der Gemeinden in Schleswig-Holstein 4. Quartal 2020 (XLS-file)". Statistisches Amt für Hamburg und Schleswig-Holstein (in German).

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