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Old Town Hall (right) and Square. In the center the Volme Galerie (City Mall).
|District||Urban districts of Germany|
|• Lord Mayor||Jörg Dehm (CDU)|
|• Total||160.4 km2 (61.9 sq mi)|
|Elevation||106 m (348 ft)|
|• Density||1,200/km2 (3,000/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)|
|Dialling codes||02331, 02334, 02337|
Hagen is the 41th-largest city in Germany, located in the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia. It is located on the south eastern edge of the Ruhr area, 15 km south of Dortmund, where the rivers Lenne and Volme (met by the river Ennepe) meet the river Ruhr. As of 31 December 2010 the population was 188,529. The city is home to the FernUniversität Hagen, which is the only state funded distance education university in Germany. Counting more than 67,000 students (March 2010), it is the largest university in Germany. 
Hagen was first mentioned ca. 1200, presumably the name of a farm at the junction of the Volme and the Ennepe. After the conquest of Burg Volmarstein in 1324, Hagen passed to the County of Mark. In 1614 it was awarded to the Margraviate of Brandenburg according to the Treaty of Xanten. In 1701 it became part of the Kingdom of Prussia.
The growth of the city began in the 19th century with the mining of coal and the production of steel in the Ruhr Area. It was the scene of fighting during the Ruhr Uprising, 13 March - 2 April 1920 and has a monument to the Ruhr Red Army.
In 1928 Hagen developed into a city of more than 100,000 inhabitants.
On the night of 1 October 1943, 243 Lancasters and 8 Mosquitos from the Royal Air Force's Bomber Command attacked the city. According to the Bomber Command Campaign Diary, "This raid was a complete success achieved on a completely cloud-covered target of small size, with only a moderate bomber effort and at trifling cost." Severe damage was caused.
Owing to the extensive use of water power along the rivers Ruhr, Lenne, Volme and Ennepe, metal processing played an important role in the region of Hagen in and even before the 15th century.
Hagen is the home of the Suedwestfaelische Industrie- und Handelskammer, as well as Sparkasse Hagen, the local municipal savings bank. The bank's former headquarters, the Sparkasse Hagen tower, was a regional landmark until its demolition in 2004.
The city is heavily indebted and in the process of cutting city services in order to balance its budget.
Hagen is home to the LWL-Freilichtmuseum Hagen, or Hagen Open-air Museum, a collection of historic industrial facilities where trades such as printing, brewing, smithing, milling, and many others are represented not simply as static displays, but as living, working operations that visitors may in some cases even be invited to participate in. It is located near the Hagen community of Eilpe. The Historical Center contains the Museum of the City and the Werdringen castle. In the Blätterhöhle cave in Hagen the oldest fossils of modern people in Westphalia and the Ruhr were found. Some date back to the early Mesolithic, 10,700 years B.C. It seems that the descendants of Mesolithic people in this area maintained a foraging lifestyle for more than 2000 years after the arrival of farming societies.
some localities of Hagen:
Hagen has been an important rail junction for the southeastern Ruhr valley since the first rail line opened in 1848. The shunting yard of Hagen-Vorhalle is among Germany's largest, and the central station offers connections to the ICE network of Deutsche Bahn as well as to local and S-Bahn services. Since December 2005, Hagen has also been the starting point for a new service into Essen, operated by Abellio Rail.
Local traffic is handled by Hagener Straßenbahn (Hagen Tramways), which, despite its name, offers only bus services, as the last tramway in Hagen went out of service at 29/05/1976. All local rail and bus services operate under the transport association VRR.
The German Basketball Federation (DBB) is based in Hagen
Sport clubs in Hagen:
- TSV Hagen 1860 - largest club (multiple fistball champions)
- SSV Hagen (1974 basketball champions), later known as Brandt Hagen
- Phoenix Hagen
- Hasper SV
- Hohenlimburger SV (multiple women water polo champions)
Hagen is twinned with the following towns:
- Sir Charles Hallé (Karl Halle) was born here in 1819
- Nena (born 24 March 1960 in Hagen), German pop singer
- Karl Ernst Osthaus (1874–1921), patron of the avant-garde
- Nicholas (Klaus) Rescher (born 15 July 1928) American Philosopher
- Mousse T. (born 2 October 1966 in Hagen), German DJ and record producer
- Kurt Meyer Knights Cross holder
- Franz Bronstert (1895–1967) painter
- Emil Schumacher (1912–1999) painter and co-founder of German abstract art
- Henning Wehn (born 10 April 1974 in Hagen), German comedian
- Bettina Hauert (born 18 June 1982 in Hagen), German professional golfer
- Wilhelm Böing (born 1846 in Hagen-Hohenlimburg), father of the aviation pioneer who founded The Boeing Company William Boeing
- "Amtliche Bevölkerungszahlen". Landesbetrieb Information und Technik NRW (in German). 31 July 2013.
- 2000 Years of Parallel Societies in Stone Age Central Europe. Ruth Bollongino, Olaf Nehlich, Michael P. Richards, Jörg Orschiedt, Mark G. Thomas, Christian Sell, Zuzana Fajkošová, Adam Powell, Joachim Burger. Science. Published Online October 10, 2013. DOI: 10.1126/science.1245049 http://www.sciencemag.org/content/early/2013/10/09/science.1245049
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