Geilenkirchen

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Geilenkirchen
Coat of arms of Geilenkirchen
Coat of arms
Location of Geilenkirchen within Heinsberg district
Geilenkirchen in HS.svg
Geilenkirchen is located in Germany
Geilenkirchen
Geilenkirchen
Geilenkirchen is located in North Rhine-Westphalia
Geilenkirchen
Geilenkirchen
Coordinates: 50°57′55″N 6°07′10″E / 50.96528°N 6.11944°E / 50.96528; 6.11944Coordinates: 50°57′55″N 6°07′10″E / 50.96528°N 6.11944°E / 50.96528; 6.11944
CountryGermany
StateNorth Rhine-Westphalia
Admin. regionKöln
DistrictHeinsberg
Subdivisions13
Government
 • MayorGeorg Schmitz[1] (Ind.)
Area
 • Total83.16 km2 (32.11 sq mi)
Elevation
95 m (312 ft)
Population
(2017-12-31)[3]
 • Total27,106
 • Density330/km2 (840/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
52511
Dialling codes02451; 02453; 02462
Vehicle registrationHS, ERK, GK
Websitewww.geilenkirchen.de

Geilenkirchen (German pronunciation: [ˈɡaɪlənkɪʁçən]) is a town in the district Heinsberg, in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is situated near the border with the Netherlands, on the river Wurm, approx. 15 km (9.3 mi) north-east of Heerlen and 20 km (12.4 mi) north of Aachen.

It was the site of Operation Clipper in November 1944.

The town gives its name to nearby NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen. The base is home to 17 E-3A airborne early warning and control aircraft manned by crews from 14 nations.

Born in Geilenkirchen[edit]

  • Ludolf Camphausen (1803-1890), banker, Prussian minister president in the revolutionary year 1848
  • Otto von Camphausen (1812-1896), Prussian Finance Minister
  • Christoph Dohmen (born 1957), professor of the Old Testament at the University of Regensburg
  • Hans Meyer (1900-1962), German physician and ministerial official
  • Max Wilms (1867-1918), German physician and surgeon

References[edit]

  1. ^ Geilenkirchen | Rathaus | Beschäftigte von A-Z | Bürgermeister
  2. ^ "Alle politisch selbständigen Gemeinden mit ausgewählten Merkmalen am 31.12.2018 (4. Quartal)". DESTATIS. Archived from the original on 10 March 2019. Retrieved 10 March 2019.
  3. ^ "Bevölkerung der Gemeinden Nordrhein-Westfalens am 31. Dezember 2017" (in German). Landesbetrieb Information und Technik NRW. Retrieved 2018-09-21.