|Mayor||Holger Schulz (CDU)|
|Area||46.21 km2 (17.84 sq mi)|
|Elevation||130 m (427 ft)|
|Population||8,721 (31 December 2011)|
|- Density||189 /km2 (489 /sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)|
|Area codes||03 42 03|
Zwenkau is a city in the district of Leipzig, in the Free State of Saxony, Germany. Situated between the rivers Weiße Elster and Pleiße it unfolds to Leipzig lowlands and includes parts of the conservation area Elsteraue and Central Germany's Street of Lignite.
The city lies about 15 km south of Leipzig and 3 km northwest of the industrial site Böhlen / Lippendorf with its landmark, Lippendorf Power Station. A former open-cast mine extending from the northeast of Zwenkau to its northwest was set on September 30, 1999 and is currently being rehabilitated and converted to Lake Zwenkau. Several smaller towns and hamlets belong to Zwenkau, being
- the suburbs Kötzschbar, Imnitz and Löbschütz
- the rural towns Großdalzig, Mausitz, Kleindalzig, Tellschütz, and Zitzschen (since October 1, 1993)
- the town Rüssen-Kleinstorkwitz and its hamlet Döhlen (since October 1, 1996)
The rural areas of the historic town Eythra and parts of Bösdorf, both abandoned in favor of lignite deposits in the 1980s, are also administered by the city of Zwenkau and bordered in the west.
Pre-industrial period 
Prehistoric colonization in the area of Zwenkau was affirmed by archaeological finds dated around 6000 BC.
In 1929 the towns Imnitz and Kotzschbar which immediately connected to the south of Zwenkau's urban area were amalgamated.
In the shadow of Leipzig's development Zwenkau grew slowly. In 1748 almost 90 households were counted, this is equivalent to 450 to 500 inhabitants. After the Seven Years' War the city experienced a commercial boom and the population increased fivefold in less than one-hundred years. So before industrialization in Europe started, 2419 residents were counted in 1834. In the first half of the 20th century Zwenkau developed quickly due to the lignite mining industry and dependent business. From 1950 to 1990 the city lost forty percent of its residents. Since then the population increased mainly as a result of amalgamation of nearby rural towns and hamlets.
Lignite mining 
Post-reunification time after 1990 
- "Statistisches Landesamt des Freistaates Sachsen – Bevölkerung des Freistaates Sachsen jeweils am Monatsende ausgewählter Berichtsmonate nach Gemeinden". Statistisches Landesamt des Freistaates Sachsen (in German). 19 June 2012.
- "Digital Historic Directory of Locations in Saxony". Retrieved 12. August 2008.
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