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Borough of Berlin
Coat of arms of Neukölln
Coat of arms
Neukölln  is located in Germany
Coordinates: 52°29′N 13°27′E / 52.483°N 13.450°E / 52.483; 13.450Coordinates: 52°29′N 13°27′E / 52.483°N 13.450°E / 52.483; 13.450
Country Germany
State Berlin
City Berlin
 • Mayor Franziska Giffey (SPD)
 • Total 44.93 km2 (17.35 sq mi)
Population (2012-11-30)
 • Total 322,931
 • Density 7,200/km2 (19,000/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Vehicle registration B
Website Official homepage

Neukölln is the eighth borough of Berlin, located in the southeastern part of the city and was part of the former American sector under the Four-Power occupation of the city. It features many Gründerzeit buildings and is characterized by having one of the highest percentage of immigrants in Berlin.


Britzer Garten in Neukölln's South

Neukölln's independence ended in 1920 when it was incorporated into Berlin. See History of Neukölln (locality/Stadtteil Berlins)

From 1966 to 1975 the Gropiusstadt was built, a "Trabantenstadt" or city-within-a-city housing estate, designed by architect Walter Gropius.

Neukölln is selected as pilot city of the Council of Europe and the European Commission Intercultural cities programme.


As of 2010, the borough had a population of 310,283, of whom 121,000 (~40%) were of non-German ethnicity/origin. The percentage is significantly higher in the same-named locality of Neukölln.[1] The borough is known for its large Turkish, Arab and Kurdish communities, which together make up roughly 18% of the borough's population. Recently, there has been an influx of Romani people and Sub-Saharan Africans.[2] Another noticeable trend is the rapid gentrification of certain neighborhoods within the borough, where the influx of students, creatives and other young professionals of mostly Western origin has caused some tension.[3]

Percentage of people with migration background[4]
Germans without migration background/Ethnic Germans 60% (189.000)
Germans with migration background, or Foreigners/Ausländer 40% (121.000)
Muslim/Middle Eastern origin (Turkey, Arab League, Iran etc.) 18% (55.000)
non-German European origin (Russia, Poland, Greece, Serbia, Spain, France etc.) 11% (33.000)
African background/Afro-Germans 4% (12.400)
Others (East Asians, Americans, etc.) 6.5% (21.000)


Subdivisions of Neukölln

Neukölln is divided into 5 localities:

0801 Neukölln
11.71 155,950 13,318
0802 Britz
12.40 39,029 3,148
0803 Buckow
6.35 38,219 6,019
0804 Rudow
11.81 40,733 3,449
0805 Gropiusstadt
2.67 35,751 13,390


County-Court Building of Neukölln, near the Rathaus Neukölln U-Bahn station
Allocation of seats in the borough council (Bezirksverordnetenversammlung)

At the 2011 elections for the parliament of the borough (Bezirksverordnetenversammlung) the following parties were elected:


  • Leo Arons (1860-1919), physicist, social democrat and supporter of the trade union movement
Leo Arons around 1901

References in popular culture[edit]

  • "Neuköln" (deliberately spelt with one 'l') is an instrumental piece by David Bowie, the ninth track on his 1977 album "Heroes".
  • The last track of Miss Kittin's first solo album I Com is called "Neukölln 2".
  • The German film Knallhart is set in the northern part of Neukölln.
  • The German documentary Neukölln Unlimited tells the story of three Lebanese teenagers based in Neukölln, who fight against the deportation out of Germany.
  • Electronic music producer Kobosil is a native of the city. With a Bachelor of Arts in audio production, he has released music on the Ostgut Ton and MDT labels.[5]

Twin cities[edit]

Europe's largest hotel: The Estrel, 2012

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