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Werl is a town located in the district of Soest in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.

Werl
Wallfahrtsbasilika
Wallfahrtsbasilika
Coat of arms of Werl
Coat of arms
Location of Werl within Soest district
North Rhine-WestphaliaPaderborn (district)Soest (district)Warendorf (district)HammUnna (district)Märkischer KreisHochsauerlandkreisSoestEnseWelverAnröchteLippstadtWerlGesekeLippetalBad SassendorfRüthenWickedeWarsteinErwitteMöhneseeWerl in SO.svg
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Werl is located in Germany
Werl
Werl
Werl is located in North Rhine-Westphalia
Werl
Werl
Coordinates: 51°33′0″N 7°55′12″E / 51.55000°N 7.92000°E / 51.55000; 7.92000Coordinates: 51°33′0″N 7°55′12″E / 51.55000°N 7.92000°E / 51.55000; 7.92000
CountryGermany
StateNorth Rhine-Westphalia
Admin. regionArnsberg
DistrictSoest
Subdivisions10
Government
 • MayorMichael Grossmann (CDU)
Area
 • Total76.24 km2 (29.44 sq mi)
Elevation
73-228 m (−675 ft)
Population
 (2018-12-31)[1]
 • Total30,772
 • Density400/km2 (1,000/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
59457
Dialling codes02922
Vehicle registrationSO
Websitewww.werl.de
Werl, Chapelle Mutter Gottes in der Not

GeographyEdit

Werl is easily accessible because it is located between the Sauerland, Münsterland, and the Ruhr Area. The Hellweg road runs through the city, as Werl is a part of the fertile Bördelandschaft of the Werl–Unnaer Börde.

Neighbouring municipalitiesEdit

Division of the townEdit

Werl consists of the following districts:

  • Blumenthal (48 inhabitants)
  • Budberg (596 inhabitants)
  • Büderich (3107 inhabitants)
  • Hilbeck (1339 inhabitants)
  • Holtum (1049 inhabitants)
  • Mawicke (521 inhabitants)
  • Niederbergstraße (210 inhabitants)
  • Oberbergstraße (363 inhabitants)
  • Sönnern (870 inhabitants)
  • Westönnen (2665 inhabitants)
  • Werl (22151 inhabitants)

HistoryEdit

Werl was a member of the Hanseatic League in the Middle Ages, and has contained a statue of the Virgin Mary since 1661. Today this relic is located in the Wallfahrtsbasilika, and the Franciscan religious order takes care of it. Due to the Marien pilgrimage, Werl is the third largest prisons in North Rhine-Westphalia, the Werl Prison, is located here.

MayorsEdit

  • 1958–1965: Ferdinand Pöppinghaus (1923–1965) (CDU)
  • 1965–1981: Amalie Rohrer (1922-2014) (CDU)
  • 1981–1985: Heinz Sasse (CDU)
  • 1986–1994: Elisabeth Böhmer (CDU)
  • 1994–1996: Kunibert Becker (1934-2001) (CDU)
  • 1996–1999: Friedrich Leopold Graf von Brühl, (born 1944) (CDU)
  • since 1999 full-time: Michael Grossmann, (born 1948) (CDU)

Notable peopleEdit

 
Franz von Papen in 1936

International relationsEdit

Werl is twinned with:

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Bevölkerung der Gemeinden Nordrhein-Westfalens am 31. Dezember 2018" (in German). Landesbetrieb Information und Technik NRW. Retrieved 10 July 2019.

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