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Evangelical Lutheran St. Vitus Church
Evangelical Lutheran St. Vitus Church
Coat of arms of Belum
Coat of arms
Belum  is located in Germany
Coordinates: 53°49′05″N 08°59′44″E / 53.81806°N 8.99556°E / 53.81806; 8.99556Coordinates: 53°49′05″N 08°59′44″E / 53.81806°N 8.99556°E / 53.81806; 8.99556
Country Germany
State Lower Saxony
District Cuxhaven
Municipal assoc. Land Hadeln
 • Mayor Karl-Heinz Linck
 • Total 25.72 km2 (9.93 sq mi)
Elevation 2 m (7 ft)
Population (2015-12-31)[1]
 • Total 838
 • Density 33/km2 (84/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 21785
Dialling codes 04752
Vehicle registration CUX

Belum is a municipality in the district of Cuxhaven, in Lower Saxony, Germany.


Belum belonged to the Prince-Archbishopric of Bremen. In the mid-16th century the inhabitants adopted Lutheranism. During the Leaguist occupation under Tilly (1628–1630), they suffered from attempts of re-Catholicisation.

In 1648 the prince-archbishopric was transformed into the Duchy of Bremen, which was first ruled in personal union by the Swedish and from 1715 on by the Hanoverian Crown. In 1807 the ephemeric Kingdom of Westphalia annexed the duchy, before France annexed it in 1810. In 1813 the duchy was restored to the Electorate of Hanover, which – after its upgrade to the Kingdom of Hanover in 1814 – incorporated the duchy in a real union and the ducal territory, including Belum, became part of the Stade Region, established in 1823.