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Coat of arms of Cloppenburg
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Cloppenburg (district)Lower SaxonyGarrelBöselFriesoytheBarßelSaterlandLöningenEssenCappelnLastrupLindernCloppenburgMolbergenEmstekOsnabrück (district)EmslandLeer (district)AmmerlandOldenburg (district)Vechta (district)Cloppenburg in CLP.svg
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Cloppenburg is located in Germany
Cloppenburg is located in Lower Saxony
Coordinates: 52°51′N 8°3′E / 52.850°N 8.050°E / 52.850; 8.050Coordinates: 52°51′N 8°3′E / 52.850°N 8.050°E / 52.850; 8.050
StateLower Saxony
 • Mayor (2021–26) Neidhard Varnhorn[1] (CDU)
 • Total70.86 km2 (27.36 sq mi)
39 m (128 ft)
 • Total36,183
 • Density510/km2 (1,300/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Postal codes
Dialling codes04471
Vehicle registrationCLP

Cloppenburg (German: [ˈklɔpm̩ˌbʊʁk] (listen); Low German: Cloppenborg; Saterland Frisian: Kloppenbuurich) is a town in Lower Saxony, Germany, capital of Cloppenburg District and part of Oldenburg Münsterland. It lies 38 km south-south-west of Oldenburg in the Weser-Ems region between Bremen and the Dutch border. Cloppenburg is not far from the A1, the major motorway connecting the Ruhr area to Bremen and Hamburg. Another major road is the federal highway B213 being the shortest link from the Netherlands to the A1 and thus to Bremen and Hamburg.

The town had strong cultural links with St Munchins Parish in Limerick, Ireland from the 1970s to the 1990s. During this period many groups of teens/young adults from both areas visited and were hosted by families from the other area.


Cloppenburg Castle

The town is a centre for the largely agricultural region of southern Oldenburg. It is the administrative centre of the district and there are many schools.

However, there is also some industry in town: e.g. Lumberg, (connector systems) and Derby Cycle (bikes).


Cloppenburg Museum

One of Cloppenburg's main tourist attractions is the Cloppenburg Museum Village, a collection of old buildings from the region that were dismantled and reassembled in the museum.

Twin town[edit]

Cloppenburg is twinned with:[3]


  • Ignatz Feigel (1855–1922)
  • Bernhard Heukamp (1884–1946)
  • Georg Wessling (1889–1974)
  • Wolfgang Wiese (2014–2021)
  • Neidhard Varnhorn (2021–incumbent)

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Direktwahlen in Niedersachsen vom 12. September 2021" (PDF). Landesamt für Statistik Niedersachsen. 13 October 2021.
  2. ^ "LSN-Online Regionaldatenbank, Tabelle A100001G: Fortschreibung des Bevölkerungsstandes, Stand 31. Dezember 2021" (in German). Landesamt für Statistik Niedersachsen.
  3. ^ "Partnerstadt". (in German). Cloppenburg. Retrieved 2021-03-03.

External links[edit]

Media related to Cloppenburg at Wikimedia Commons