Bismark, Germany

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Bismark
Coat of arms of Bismark
Coat of arms
Bismark is located in Germany
Bismark
Bismark
Coordinates: 52°40′0″N 11°33′0″E / 52.66667°N 11.55000°E / 52.66667; 11.55000Coordinates: 52°40′0″N 11°33′0″E / 52.66667°N 11.55000°E / 52.66667; 11.55000
Country Germany
State Saxony-Anhalt
District Stendal
Government
 • Mayor Gudrun Wolter
Area
 • Total 289.43 km2 (111.75 sq mi)
Elevation 55 m (180 ft)
Population (2012-12-31)[1]
 • Total 8,753
 • Density 30/km2 (78/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 39576, 39579, 39599, 39606, 39624, 39629
Dialling codes 039080, 039083, 039089, 039320, 039324, 039325, 039328
Vehicle registration SDL
Website www.stadt-bismark.de

Bismark is a town in the Stendal district, in the historic Altmark region of northern Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. It is situated approximately 22 km (14 mi) west of Stendal.

Parish church

In the early 12th century the area then under the rule of Albert the Bear was settled with peasants descending from the Low Countries. The town's name is derived from the nearby Biese creek (after Dutch: bies meaning rush plants), a tributary of the Aland; though it may also refer to the bishop's march, a possession of the Havelberg bishops mentioned in a 1209 deed issued by the Ascanian margrave Albert II. With the Altmark, Bismark was part of the Margraviate of Brandenburg until it was adjudicated to the Prussian Province of Saxony after the 1815 Congress of Vienna.

One Herbordus of Bismarck was mentioned holding the office of a Schultheiß in Stendal about 1270. His descendant Otto von Bismarck received the honorary citizenship of Bismark in 1895.

Upon an administrative reform effective from 1 January 2010, the town of Bismark comprises the former municipalities of Badingen, Berkau, Büste, Dobberkau, Garlipp, Grassau, Hohenwulsch, Holzhausen, Käthen, Kläden, Könnigde, Kremkau, Meßdorf, Querstedt, Schäplitz, Schernikau, Schorstedt and Steinfeld.

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