Langenfeld, Rhineland

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Langenfeld
Haus Arndt Langenfeld.JPG
Coat of arms of Langenfeld
Coat of arms
Langenfeld  is located in Germany
Langenfeld
Langenfeld
Coordinates: 51°7′N 6°57′E / 51.117°N 6.950°E / 51.117; 6.950Coordinates: 51°7′N 6°57′E / 51.117°N 6.950°E / 51.117; 6.950
Country Germany
State North Rhine-Westphalia
Admin. region Düsseldorf
District Mettmann
Government
 • Mayor Frank Schneider (CDU)
Area
 • Total 41.10 km2 (15.87 sq mi)
Population (2013-12-31)[1]
 • Total 56,982
 • Density 1,400/km2 (3,600/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 40764
Dialling codes 02173, (02171), (0212)
Vehicle registration ME
Website www.langenfeld.de

Langenfeld is a town in North-Rhine-Westphalia (Germany) in the district of Mettmann. The suburban city is located between Düsseldorf and Cologne. Langenfeld was formed from the two localities of Richrath and Reusrath and received city rights in 1948.

Marktarkaden
Stadthalle with Schauplatz

Economics[edit]

Debt clock (2007)
Markthalle

Langenfeld has no public debt as of October 3, 2008. The debt clock installed at the City Hall in 1997, showing the current debts of Langenfeld, the Rhineland, and the national debt, got demounted end of 2008 and handed over to Grevenbroich. In Langenfeld it had served its purpose, so the comment by former major Magnus Staehler. The town got honored for that with the prize Kommune des Jahres 2007 (Municipality of the Year 2007) in the national contest Großer Preis des Mittelstandes (Grand Prize by Small Firms and Traders) of the Oskar-Patzelt-Siftung.[2] To achieve that goal, on the one hand taxes got raised and in addition cuts of subsidies to clubs applied, so that debts halved from 1997 up to 2002.[3] Being free of debt, and with that regaining free hand, was celebrated with a big party for the citizens at the first weekend in October under the slogan "Golden Times".[4] Up to 2013 the savings from that surpluses had strongly dimished again by the budget deficits of the following years.[5]

Transportation[edit]

Langenfeld is accessed by nearby highways A 3, A 59 and A 542, as well as the Bundesstrasse (federal route) B8. The mainline railway from Düsseldorf to Cologne runs through the town's area as well. Public transport is provided by the S-Bahn line S6 and various bus lines operating under the umbrella of the VRR.

The nearest airports are Düsseldorf International (approx. 28 km) and Cologne Bonn Airport (approx. 35 km).

International relations[edit]

Langenfeld, Rhineland is twinned with:[6]

External links[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Amtliche Bevölkerungszahlen". Landesbetrieb Information und Technik NRW (in German). 4 September 2014. 
  2. ^ Langenfeld ist „Kommune des Jahres“: mittelstandspreis.com, Herbst 2007
  3. ^ http://www.lebendige-stadt.de: Symposium „Stadt der Zukunft“ in der Autostadt Wolfsburg 27. September 2002.
  4. ^ "Langenfeld: 2008: Endlich schuldenfrei!" (in German). 2 October 2008. Retrieved 3 October 2008. 
  5. ^ Langenfeld: Haushaltsentwurf 2013: CDU-Mehrheit stimmt zu. auf: rp-online.de, 6. März 2013.
  6. ^ "Partnerstädte" (in German). Stadt Langenfeld. Retrieved 2015-01-04.