Neunkirchen (Siegerland)

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Neunkirchen
Coat of arms of Neunkirchen
Coat of arms
Neunkirchen is located in Germany
Neunkirchen
Neunkirchen
Coordinates: 50°47′59″N 08°00′00″E / 50.79972°N 8.00000°E / 50.79972; 8.00000Coordinates: 50°47′59″N 08°00′00″E / 50.79972°N 8.00000°E / 50.79972; 8.00000
Country Germany
State North Rhine-Westphalia
Admin. region Arnsberg
District Siegen-Wittgenstein
Subdivisions 6
Government
 • Mayor Bernhard Baumann
Area
 • Total 39.6 km2 (15.3 sq mi)
Elevation 242 - 510 m (−1,431 ft)
Population (2012-12-31)[1]
 • Total 13,724
 • Density 350/km2 (900/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 57290
Dialling codes 02735
Vehicle registration SI
Website www.neunkirchen-siegerland.de

Neunkirchen (English: Nine Churches) is a municipality in the Siegen-Wittgenstein district, in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.

Geography[edit]

Neunkirchen lies on the river Heller, about 10 km south of Siegen.

Neighbouring communities[edit]

Neunkirchen neighbours the communities of Burbach, Wilnsdorf, Herdorf and Daaden.

Constituent communities[edit]

Constituent communities

Neunkirchen consists of the following centres:

  • Altenseelbach
  • Neunkirchen
  • Salchendorf
  • Struthütten
  • Wiederstein
  • Zeppenfeld

Until 1 January 1969 all these places were independent municipalities, before they were all merged to form today's greater community of Neunkirchen.

History[edit]

Neunkirchen had its first documentary mention on 23 August 1288.

Religion[edit]

Neunkirchen has been shaped by the great influence of various Free-Church-Evangelical (freikirchlich-evangelisch) religious communities. This even, and especially, applies to the economic field, making its mark on the kind of approaches to management seen in the community. This practice works anachronistically, and for uninitiated atheists – and even for Christians of both greater denominations in Germany – it can be quite incomprehensible. Those from outside seeking jobs are well advised to make inquiries as to the leadership style to be expected here, as well as to be sure of getting the most generous possible probationary period.

Politics[edit]

Municipal council[edit]

The council's 28 seats are apportioned thus, in accordance with municipal elections held on 26 September 2004:

CDU SPD Greens FDP UWG total
2004 8 11 1 3 5 28

Note: UWG is a citizens' coalition.

Coat of arms[edit]

Neunkirchen's civic coat of arms might be described thus: Or three lozenges in bend sable.

The greater community's current arms are the same as those formerly borne by Altenseelbach before amalgamation. They were adopted as Neunkirchen's arms in 1969. The charge of the three lozenges comes from the arms borne by the Lords of Seelbach in the Middle Ages. A similar charge – in the same colours – can be seen in nearby Burbach's arms.[1]

Partnerships[edit]

Economy and infrastructure[edit]

Established businesses[edit]

  • Heinrich Baumgarten KG – special plant for making handles for the cookware industry
  • Baumgarten automotive technics GmbH
  • Schäfer Werke
  • EMW Eisen- und Metallhandel
  • Karl Sauer GmbH
  • K. Sauer GmbH - lamps and contents
  • F. WEIDT GMBH Logistics Consulting

Literature[edit]

Otto Braun: 700 Jahre Neunkirchen. Neunkirchen 1988.

References[edit]

This article incorporates information from the German Wikipedia.

External links[edit]