Spandau is the fifth of the twelve boroughs (Bezirk) of Berlin. It is the fourth largest and westernmost borough, situated at the confluence of the Havel and Spree rivers and along the western bank of the Havel, but the least populated.
In the west it borders with the districts of Oberhavel, Havelland and the city of Potsdam in the federal state of Brandenburg. Modern industries include metal working, chemicals and carpet manufacturing. It was the location of the notorious Spandau Prison until the prison was demolished in 1987. The British New Romantic band Spandau Ballet took their name from the Spandau borough in the British sector of former West Berlin.
The borough headquarters occupy the Rathaus Spandau, a town hall built in 1913.
As of 2010, Spandau had a population of 223,962, of whom 62,000 (27%) had a migration background or were of non-German ethnicity.
Spandau is divided into 9 localities:
At the 2011 elections for the parliament of the borough (Bezirksverordnetenversammlung) the following parties were elected:
- Bela B., musician, born December 14, 1962
- Robert Hoyzer, former football referee, born August 28, 1979
- Ivan Rebroff, singer, born July 31, 1931, died February 27, 2008 in Frankfurt
- Erna Sack, soprano, born February 6, 1898, died March 2, 1972 in Mainz
- Sıla Şahin, German actress of Turkish descent, born December 3, 1985