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Nieblum   is located in Germany
Coordinates: 54°42′N 8°29′E / 54.700°N 8.483°E / 54.700; 8.483Coordinates: 54°42′N 8°29′E / 54.700°N 8.483°E / 54.700; 8.483
Country Germany
State Schleswig-Holstein
District Nordfriesland
Municipal assoc. Föhr-Amrum
 • Mayor Friedrich Riewerts
 • Total 7.86 km2 (3.03 sq mi)
Elevation 4 m (13 ft)
Population (2015-12-31)[1]
 • Total 561
 • Density 71/km2 (180/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 25938
Dialling codes 04681
Vehicle registration NF

Nieblum (Fering: Njiblem) is a municipality on the island of Föhr, in the district of Nordfriesland, in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany.


Nieblum is located on the southern shore of Föhr, approximately halfways between the eastern and western edges of the island. Next to the village of Nieblum proper, the municipality includes the once independent hamlet of Goting which is situated just west of Nieblum. In Goting there is a cliffside of several meters height.


Many of the old Frisian houses used to belong to sea captains who had made a fortune as whalers on Dutch ships. It was a hard and dangerous work which claimed a lot of lives. The tombstones in the graveyard of St. John's church, the so-called "Frisian Cathedral", in the village testify this. The church was built in the 13th century and it is the largest of the three churches on Föhr.


Since the communal elections of 2008, the Nieblumer Wählergemeinschaft holds six of nine seats in the municipality council, the CDU holds three.

Culture and sights[edit]

Interior of St. John's church

Nieblum's main attraction is the defiant church of St. John with its historically preserved graveyard. Moreover the view of Nieblum with its thatched houses and many trees is pleasant to the eye.

Since the 1950s, the Ernst Schlee school of Hamburg-Klein-Flottbek had been operating a summer boarding school in Nieblum. After conversion into a public trading school, the institution was transferred to the Othmarschen high school.

Notable people[edit]

  • Jens Jacob Eschels (1757-1842), navigator. He became known by his autobiography.
  • Carl-Christian Arfsten (1889-1969), politician (CDU) and Schleswig-Holstein MP


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