Nienburg, Lower Saxony

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Nienburg
Coat of arms of Nienburg
Coat of arms
Nienburg  is located in Germany
Nienburg
Nienburg
Coordinates: 52°38′28″N 9°12′25″E / 52.64111°N 9.20694°E / 52.64111; 9.20694Coordinates: 52°38′28″N 9°12′25″E / 52.64111°N 9.20694°E / 52.64111; 9.20694
Country Germany
State Lower Saxony
District Nienburg
Government
 • Mayor Henning Onkes (Ind.)
Area
 • Total 64.45 km2 (24.88 sq mi)
Elevation 25 m (82 ft)
Population (2015-12-31)[1]
 • Total 31,193
 • Density 480/km2 (1,300/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 31582
Dialling codes 05021
Vehicle registration NI
Website www.nienburg.de

Nienburg (official name: Nienburg/Weser) (Low German: Nienborg, Neenborg or Negenborg) is a town and capital of the district Nienburg, in Lower Saxony, Germany.

Geography[edit]

Situated on the scenic German Timber-Frame Road, Nienburg lies on the river Weser, approximately 55 km (34 mi) southeast of Bremen, and 45 km (28 mi) northwest of Hanover. Nienburg is the largest town in the Middle Weser Region.

Demography[edit]

Year 1987 1992 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
Population 29.427 31.444 32.837 32.789 32.659 32.611 32.454 32.462 32.543 32.691 32.803 32.764 32.384 32.205 32.152 31.924 31.862

(as of Dec. 31st)[2]

Town hall
Corvinus-Church Erichshagen-Wölpe

Structure[edit]

Nienburg, including quarters

  • Erichshagen
  • Holtorf
  • Langendamm
  • Schäferhof/Kattriede
  • Nordertor
  • Leintor
  • Lehmwandlung
  • Alpheide

History[edit]

The major reason for the emergence and development of Nienburg into the largest city in the Middle Weser region was its location at a convenient ford in the Weser River, leading to multiple trade routes radiating from the location. As early as 1025 the location was referred to as Negenborg, i.e. New Castle. In 1215 it began to be referred to as a city, a civitas, when Count Henry I of Hoya began the residence of his ruling line. From 1582 until 1866 the Guelph (Welf) Dukes of Brunswick-Lüneburg controlled the county, except for Napoleonic French rule from 1803 to 1813.[3]

The former suburb Wölpe refers to Grafen (earl) von Wölpe and the associated castle.

Politics[edit]

Mayor[edit]

The mayor is Henning Onkes (independent). He was reelected in 2014 against three competitors.[4]

Local council (Stadtrat)[edit]

The 38 members of the "Stadtrat" are divided among:

  • CDU: 13, among them the second deputy mayor Wilhelm Schlemermeyer
  • SPD:14, among them the first deputy mayor Rolf Warnecke
  • Alliance '90/The Greens: 6, among them the third deputy mayor Hedda Freese
  • FDP: 1
  • Wählergemeinschaft - Independent Union of Citizens WG 3
  • The Left (Germany): 1
  • One additional vote by the elected mayor of Nienburg, Mr. Henning Onkes, who doesn't belong to any political party

International relations[edit]

Nienburg, Lower Saxony is twinned with:

Sons and daughters of the town[edit]

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