Nienburg, Lower Saxony
|• Mayor||Henning Onkes (Ind.)|
|• Total||64.45 km2 (24.88 sq mi)|
|Elevation||25 m (82 ft)|
|• Density||490/km2 (1,300/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)|
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.
(as of Dec. 31st)
Nienburg, including quarters
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.
The former suburb Wölpe refers to Grafen (earl) von Wölpe and the associated castle.
The mayor is Henning Onkes (independent). He was reelected in 2014 against three competitors.
Local council (Stadtrat)
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
The elections in September 2016 showed the following results:
- CDU: 13 seats
- SPD: 12 seats
- Alliance 90/The Greens: 5 seats
- Wählergruppe Nienburg: 3seats
- FDP: 2 seats
- THE LEFT: 2 seats
- ULN: 1 seat
Nienburg, Lower Saxony is twinned with:
- Belgium: Dendermonde
- United States: Las Cruces, New Mexico
- Belarus: Vitebsk
- Poland: Bartoszyce (formerly "Bartenstein")
- Germany: Nienburg (Saale)
Sons and daughters of the town
- Heinrich Lübbe (1884–1940), engineer
- Lutz Meyer-Gossner (born 1936), judge at the Federal Court from 1983 to 2001
- Volker Finke (born 1948), football coach (16 years for FC Freiburg)
- Susanne Schröter (born 1957), professor of ethnology
- Carsten Sieling (born 1959), German politician, mayor and president of the senate of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen (SPD)
- Maja Maranow (1961–2016), actress
- Levent Ayçiçek (born 1994), football player
- Landesamt für Statistik Niedersachsen, Tabelle 12411: Fortschreibung des Bevölkerungsstandes, Stand 31. Dezember 2017
- "Home". Nls.niedersachsen.de. Retrieved 29 November 2017.
- "Startseite - Stadt Nienburg/Weser". Nienburg.de. Retrieved 29 November 2017.
- "Nach dem vorläufigen Ergebnis der Direktwahl ist eine Stichwahl erforderlich" (PDF). Landeswahlleiter.niedersachsen.de. Retrieved 29 November 2017.
- Official website (in German)