Forst (Lausitz)

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Forst (Lausitz)
Watertower in Forst
Watertower in Forst
Coat of arms of Forst (Lausitz)
Coat of arms
Forst (Lausitz) is located in Germany
Forst (Lausitz)
Forst (Lausitz)
Coordinates: 51°44′N 14°38′E / 51.733°N 14.633°E / 51.733; 14.633Coordinates: 51°44′N 14°38′E / 51.733°N 14.633°E / 51.733; 14.633
Country Germany
State Brandenburg
District Spree-Neiße
Government
 • Mayor Jürgen Goldschmidt (FDP)
Area
 • Total 109.91 km2 (42.44 sq mi)
Elevation 72 m (236 ft)
Population (2012-12-31)[1]
 • Total 19,312
 • Density 180/km2 (460/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 03141–03149
Dialling codes 03562
Vehicle registration SPN
Website www.forst-lausitz.de

Forst (Lausitz) (Lower Sorbian: Baršć) is a town in Brandenburg, Germany. It lies east of Cottbus, on the river Lausitzer Neiße which is also the German-Polish border, the Oder-Neisse line. It is the capital of the Spree-Neiße district. It is known for its rose garden and textile museum. The town's population is 20,618. In Forst, there is a railway bridge across the Neiße belonging to the line CottbusŻary which is serviced by regional trains and a EuroCity train between Hamburg and Kraków (2011). There is also a road bridge across the river north of Forst.

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Part of the region of Lusatia, Forst was awarded to the Kingdom of Prussia in the 1815 Congress of Vienna. The town was subsequently administered within the Province of Brandenburg. After World War II it became part of the German Democratic Republic.

Forst has experienced severe problems as a result of the 1990 German reunification, most notably from extreme unemployment. In the past, the town was known for textile manufacturing, but all of the textile plants and factories have closed down in recent years.

Demography[edit]

Forst (Lausitz):
Population development within the current boundaries
[2]
Year Population
1875 19 084
1890 27 494
1910 31 594
1925 32 977
1933 35 112
1939 36 771
1946 32 683
1950 33 339
1964 32 342
1971 31 471
Year Population
1981 28 870
1985 28 031
1989 27 703
1990 27 214
1991 26 363
1992 26 024
1993 26 085
1994 25 961
1995 25 701
1996 25 543
Year Population
1997 25 403
1998 25 164
1999 24 840
2000 24 309
2001 23 839
2002 23 395
2003 23 122
2004 22 781
2005 22 391
2006 22 112
Year Population
2007 21 674
2008 21 304
2009 20 971
2010 20 618
2011 19 576
2012 19 312

Detailed data sources are to be found in the Wikimedia Commons.[3]

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