|• Mayor||Johannes-Joachim Menge (CDU)|
|• Total||38.8 km2 (15.0 sq mi)|
|Elevation||72 m (236 ft)|
|• Density||810/km2 (2,100/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)|
|Dialling codes||0 23 68|
Oer-Erkenschwick is a town in the district of Recklinghausen, in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is situated approximately 5 km north-east of Recklinghausen, on the northern periphery of the Ruhrgebiet. When pronouncing the name, “Oer” should be pronounced like the German Ohr, not Ör.
Oer-Erkenschwick is situated east of the city of Recklinghausen and on the southern edge of the Hohe Mark Nature Park.
The town is the home of football club SpVgg Erkenschwick.
- Horst Szymaniak, international footballer
- Klaus Wennemann, actor
- Irmelin Indenbirken, mother of actor Leonardo DiCaprio
The American avantgarde composer Moondog lived in Oer-Erkenschwick for a time after moving to Germany in 1974.
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