Central German Metropolitan Region

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Central German Metropolitan Region
CGMR (in red)
CGMR (in red)
Country  Germany
States

 Saxony
 Saxony-Anhalt
 Thuringia


Area
 • Metro 2,000 km2 (800 sq mi)
Population (2008)[1]
 • Metro 2,400,000
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
Website http://www.region-mitteldeutschland.com/en/

The Central German Metropolitan Region (German: Metropolregion Mitteldeutschland) is one of the so-called metropolitan regions in Germany. It is centered on the major cities of Leipzig and Halle, extending over Central German parts of the states of Saxony-Anhalt, Thuringia and Saxony. The Central German metropolitan region is the only one entirely located within the new states of Germany.

It is not actually a metropolitan area in the geographic sense of the word as an agglomeration of nearby urban areas, rather it is a loose affiliation of towns and cities whose representatives vote upon new members.[2]

For example Jena and Magdeburg joined the Metropolitan Region in 2009 [3]

Cities[edit]

The largest of the seven member cities are Leipzig in Saxony and Halle (Saale) in Saxony-Anhalt.

Member cities[edit]

The member cities have changed over time[4] and the current member cities are as follows:

Except for Zwickau, all towns hold the status of an independent city. The surrounding catchment areas officially are not part of the metropolitan region, though generally added[by whom?] for statistical and practical purposes.

Demographics[edit]

All towns and cities suffered population decrease after German reunification, however in recent years the populations of Leipzig and Halle have been increasing again. Other urban areas, such as Dessau-Roslau are however still declining.[5]

Gallery[edit]

Leipzig is the heart of the Central German Metropolitan Region 
Halle (Saale), biggest city in Saxony-Anhalt 
University town of Jena 
View over Chemnitz 

References[edit]

  1. ^ deutsche-metropolregionen.org (PDF), BBR, Monitoring-Bericht 2010.
  2. ^ http://www.region-mitteldeutschland.com/en/organisation/history/
  3. ^ http://www.region-mitteldeutschland.com/organisation/historie/
  4. ^ http://www.region-mitteldeutschland.com/en/organisation/history/
  5. ^ http://www.dessau.de/downloads/Deutsch/Wahlen-und-Statistik/Statistik/Statistische-Berichte/falt2012.pdf

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 51°N 13°E / 51°N 13°E / 51; 13