Niemegk

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Niemegk
Main road
Main road
Coat of arms of Niemegk
Coat of arms
Niemegk   is located in Germany
Niemegk
Niemegk
Coordinates: 52°04′59″N 12°41′59″E / 52.08306°N 12.69972°E / 52.08306; 12.69972Coordinates: 52°04′59″N 12°41′59″E / 52.08306°N 12.69972°E / 52.08306; 12.69972
Country Germany
State Brandenburg
District Potsdam-Mittelmark
Municipal assoc. Niemegk
Government
 • Mayor Hans-Joachim Linthe (SPD)
Area
 • Total 44.81 km2 (17.30 sq mi)
Elevation 75 m (246 ft)
Population (2015-12-31)[1]
 • Total 2,006
 • Density 45/km2 (120/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 14823
Dialling codes 033843
Vehicle registration PM
Website www.amt-niemegk.de

Niemegk is a town in the Potsdam-Mittelmark district, in Brandenburg, Germany. It is the administrative seat of the Amt ("municipal federation") Niemegk.

Geography[edit]

The municipal area is situated on the northeastern slopes of the Fläming Heath, east of the Plane river. The surrounding region comprises farmland and extended forests adjoining the High Fläming Nature Park. The town centre is located about 10 km (6.2 mi) southeast of Bad Belzig, and 23 km (14 mi) north of Wittenberg.

The town has access to the Bundesautobahn 9 highway at the Nimegk junction.

History[edit]

A Burgward at the former site of a Slavic fortress (gord) was first mentioned in a 1161 deed, at the time when the Ascanian margrave Albert the Bear conquered the Hevelli lands in the north. The name Nymik or Niemeke is possibly derived from the town of Nijmegen in the Low Countries, the place of origin of German settlers. The estates were held by the Teutonic Order and the former village was vested with town privileges in 1228.

Since the mid 13th century, the area was part of the Ascanian Duchy of Saxe-Wittenberg and, from 1356, of the Saxon electorate. Located on its northeastern border, it was the scene of numerous conflicts with Brandenburg knights and the forces of the Magdeburg archbishops. The town again suffered from Hussite raids in 1429, marauding Imperial troops after the Saxon defeat at the 1547 Battle of Mühlberg, and was devastated in the Thirty Years' War.

After the Napoleonic Wars and the 1815 Congress of Vienna, the town fell to Prussia and was incorporated into the Province of Brandenburg. From 1868, young Robert Koch worked in Niemegk as a country doctor.

Demography[edit]

Development of population since 1875 within the current boundaries (Blue line: Population; Dotted line: Comparison to population development of Brandenburg state; Grey background: Time of Nazi rule; Red background: Time of communist rule)
Niemegk:
Population development within the current boundaries (2013)
[2]
Year Population
1875 2 647
1890 2 606
1910 2 789
1925 2 749
1933 2 780
1939 3 303
1946 3 819
1950 3 694
1964 3 148
1971 3 081
Year Population
1981 2 714
1985 2 649
1989 2 594
1990 2 530
1991 2 428
1992 2 396
1993 2 382
1994 2 399
1995 2 408
1996 2 354
Year Population
1997 2 341
1998 2 368
1999 2 377
2000 2 368
2001 2 350
2002 2 327
2003 2 330
2004 2 295
2005 2 262
2006 2 207
Year Population
2007 2 208
2008 2 156
2009 2 100
2010 2 058
2011 2 034
2012 1 987
2013 1 999

Politics[edit]

Town hall

Seats in the town's assembly (Stadtverordnetenversammlung) as of 2014 local elections:

Notable people[edit]

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