Bitterfeld-Wolfen

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Bitterfeld-Wolfen
Bitterfeld.jpg
Coat of arms of Bitterfeld-Wolfen
Coat of arms
Bitterfeld-Wolfen  is located in Germany
Bitterfeld-Wolfen
Bitterfeld-Wolfen
Coordinates: 51°37′N 12°19′E / 51.617°N 12.317°E / 51.617; 12.317Coordinates: 51°37′N 12°19′E / 51.617°N 12.317°E / 51.617; 12.317
Country Germany
State Saxony-Anhalt
District Anhalt-Bitterfeld
Government
 • Mayor Petra Wust (Ind.)
Area
 • Total 87.55 km2 (33.80 sq mi)
Elevation 75-90 m (−220 ft)
Population (2015-12-31)[1]
 • Total 40,480
 • Density 460/km2 (1,200/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 06731–06749
Dialling codes 03493, 03494
Vehicle registration ABI, AZE, BTF, KÖT, ZE
Website www.bitterfeld-wolfen.de

Bitterfeld-Wolfen is a town in the district Anhalt-Bitterfeld, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. It is situated in south-eastern Saxony-Anhalt, west of the river Mulde, in an area that is dominated by heavy industry and lignite mining. The town was formed by merger of the towns Bitterfeld and Wolfen and the municipalities Greppin, Holzweißig and Thalheim on 1 July 2007.

Geography[edit]

Bitterfeld-Wolfen is 25 kilometres (16 mi) northeast of Halle (Saale) and about 35 kilometres (22 mi) north of Leipzig. Eastward lies the lake Muldestausee, southward the Goitzsche lake with docks, westwards the lido of Sandersdorf. The town lies in a nature preserve Bitterfelder Bergbaurevier.

Neighbouring municipalities[edit]

Adjoining municipalities are from the north and clockwise Raguhn-Jeßnitz, Muldestausee, Delitzsch, Sandersdorf-Brehna and Zörbig.

Climate[edit]

Climate diagram of Bitterfeld[2]

The average air temperature in Bitterfeld is 10.0 °C (50.0 °F) and the yearly rainfall 518 millimetres (20.4 in).

History[edit]

Town fusion[edit]

On 1 July 2007 the independent towns Wolfen and Bitterfeld and the municipalities Greppin, Thalheim and Holzweißig were merged to form the present-day town of Bitterfeld-Wolfen.

Historical Population[edit]

(of the present-day town)

Year/Date Inhabitants
1964 ¹ 74,747
1971 ¹ 74,369
1981 ¹ 73,719
31 December 1985 75,274
31 December 1989 76,147
3 October 1990 72,218
31 December 1990 71,916
31 December 1995 67,060
Date Inhabitants
31 December 2000 57,435
31 December 2001 55,200
31 December 2002 53,457
31 December 2003 52,013
31 December 2004 50,779
31 December 2005 49,899
31 December 2006 49,030
31 December 2007 47,928
31 December 2008 46,971
31 December 2009 45,968
Date Inhabitants
31 December 2010 45,171
31 December 2011 ² 42,800
31 December 2014 ³ 41,793

¹ Census results
² 2011 Census
³ Source: Bitterfeld-Wolfen Town Hall

Source: Statistisches Landesamt Sachsen-Anhalt[3]

Bitterfeld[edit]

The city seen from Pouch

Bitterfeld has approximately 15,000 inhabitants (2006). It was first mentioned in 1224. Part of the Electorate of Saxony, it came to the Prussian Province of Saxony in 1815. Until the administrative reform of 2007, it was the capital of the district of Bitterfeld.

Wolfen[edit]

Wolfen has approximately 24,000 inhabitants (2006). It is located north of Bitterfeld. Wolfen was first mentioned around 1400. The discovery of lignite in 1846, and the construction of an Agfa dye factory in 1895 brought industry and population growth.

Twin towns[edit]

Bitterfeld-Wolfen is twinned with:

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