Osterwald is a community and part of the Joint Community (Samtgemeinde) of Neuenhaus in the district of Grafschaft Bentheim in Lower Saxony. The community consists of the centres of Osterwald, Alte Piccardie and Hohenkörben (Veldhausen parish).
|• Total||33.38 km2 (12.89 sq mi)|
|Elevation||19 m (62 ft)|
|• Density||35/km2 (92/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)|
|Dialling codes||05925, 05941, 05944, 05946|
In Osterwald are found two brooks: the Soermannsbecke and the Böltbecke, which later empty into the Lee
The name Osterwald first crops up in 14th-century documents.
The mayor is Gerda Brookmann.
Osterwald’s economic mainstay is agriculture, and its next most important source of livelihood is the petroleum industry. Moreover, many smaller businesses are to be found, such as carpenter’s shops, a driving school and a shoe shop. Once, the petroleum industry was the community’s greatest economic factor. Also built in this time was the swimming pool, whose ceiling fell in; since that time, it has not been used.
Some of the people among those locally born, mostly older people, still speak Low German.
Furthermore, Osterwald is also a favourite place for people to come and play the regional game known as Kloatscheeten which involves teams rolling a small wooden disk with a leaden core along roadways.