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Coat of arms of Oerel
Coat of arms
Oerel   is located in Germany
Coordinates: 53°29′01″N 09°03′36″E / 53.48361°N 9.06000°E / 53.48361; 9.06000Coordinates: 53°29′01″N 09°03′36″E / 53.48361°N 9.06000°E / 53.48361; 9.06000
Country Germany
State Lower Saxony
District Rotenburg (Wümme)
Municipal assoc. Geestequelle
 • Mayor Helmut Ringe (SPD)
 • Total 33.70 km2 (13.01 sq mi)
Elevation 16 m (52 ft)
Population (2015-12-31)[1]
 • Total 1,860
 • Density 55/km2 (140/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 27432
Dialling codes 04761, 04765, 04766
Vehicle registration ROW
Website www.geestequelle.de

Oerel is a municipality in the district of Rotenburg, in Lower Saxony, Germany.

Oerel belonged to the Prince-Archbishopric of Bremen, established in 1180. In 1648 the Prince-Archbishopric was transformed into the Duchy of Bremen, which was first ruled in personal union by the Swedish Crown - interrupted by a Danish occupation (1712–1715) - and from 1715 on by the Hanoverian Crown. In 1807 the ephemeral Kingdom of Westphalia annexed the Duchy, before France annexed it in 1810. In 1813 the Duchy was restored to the Electorate of Hanover, which - after its upgrade to the Kingdom of Hanover in 1814 - incorporated the Duchy in a real union and the Ducal territory, including Oerel, became part of the new Stade Region, established in 1823.