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Catholic church
Catholic church
Coat of arms of Emsdetten
Coat of arms
Emsdetten is located in Germany
Location of Emsdetten within Steinfurt district
Emsdetten in ST.svg
Coordinates: 52°10′22″N 7°32′4″E / 52.17278°N 7.53444°E / 52.17278; 7.53444Coordinates: 52°10′22″N 7°32′4″E / 52.17278°N 7.53444°E / 52.17278; 7.53444
StateNorth Rhine-Westphalia
Admin. regionMünster
 • MayorGeorg Moenikes (CDU)
 • Total72.06 km2 (27.82 sq mi)
Elevation45 m (148 ft)
Population (2016-12-31)[1]
 • Total36,288
 • Density500/km2 (1,300/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes48282
Dialling codes02572
Vehicle registrationST, BF, TE

Emsdetten (Westphalian: Detten) is a town in the district of Steinfurt, in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.


Emsdetten is situated on the river Ems, approx. 13 kilometres (8 miles) south-east of Rheine and 25 km (16 mi) north-west of Münster.

Neighbouring places[edit]

Division of the town[edit]

Emsdetten consists of 8 districts:

  • Emsdetten
  • Ahlintel
  • Austum
  • Hembergen
  • Hollingen
  • Isendorf
  • Sinningen
  • Westum

2006 school shooting[edit]

On 20 November 2006, 18-year-old former student Bastian Bosse entered the Geschwister Scholl School, fired several shots and set off smoke grenades. He injured 22 people before killing himself by a shot into the mouth. Even though there were no other fatalities, the shooting was considered the deadliest school shooting in the history of Germany since the Erfurt massacre; this position is now held by the Winnenden school shooting.


International relations[edit]

Twin towns – Sister cities[edit]

Emsdetten is twinned with:

Notable people[edit]

  • Kathrin Vogler - (born 1963), politician, MdB
  • Atze Schröder – (born 1965), comedian
  • Valerie Niehaus – (born 1974), actress
  • Christina Schulze-Föcking - (born 1976), Politician, MdL NRW
  • Tim Wieskötter – (born 1979), sprint canoeistcanoeing Olympiaplayer 2004, canoe world champion 2005 (two kayak, together with Ronald Rauhe)
  • Lutz Altepost – (born 1981), sprint canoeist canoe world champion 2005 (as a beater in kayak quads over 1000 m), silver in one kayak behind Nathan Baggaley
  • Benjamin Behrla - (born 1985), judoka


  1. ^ "Amtliche Bevölkerungszahlen" (in German). Landesbetrieb Information und Technik NRW. Retrieved 2018-02-24.

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