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Town hall
Town hall
Coat of arms of Sehnde
Coat of arms
Sehnde  is located in Germany
Location of Sehnde within Hanover district
Hanover (district) Lower Saxony Wedemark Burgwedel Neustadt am Rübenberge Burgdorf Uetze Lehrte Isernhagen Langenhagen Garbsen Wunstorf Seelze Barsinghausen Sehnde Hanover Gehrden Laatzen Wennigsen Ronnenberg Hemmingen Pattensen Springe Hamelin-Pyrmont Schaumburg Nienburg (district) Heidekreis Celle (district) Peine (district) Gifhorn (district) Hildesheim (district)Sehnde in H.svg
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Coordinates: 52°18′58″N 9°57′51″E / 52.31611°N 9.96417°E / 52.31611; 9.96417Coordinates: 52°18′58″N 9°57′51″E / 52.31611°N 9.96417°E / 52.31611; 9.96417
Country Germany
State Lower Saxony
District Hanover
 • Mayor Carl Jürgen Lehrke (CDU)
 • Total 103.44 km2 (39.94 sq mi)
Elevation 53 m (174 ft)
Population (2015-12-31)[1]
 • Total 23,489
 • Density 230/km2 (590/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 31319
Dialling codes 0 51 38
0 51 32 (Ilten)
Vehicle registration H

Sehnde is a town in Lower Saxony, Germany. It is located approximately 15 kilometres southeast of Hanover.


Sehnde was formed in 1974 by combining fifteen autonomous villages which belonged to three different districts: Bilm, Bolzum, Dolgen, Evern, Gretenberg, Haimar, Höver, Ilten, Klein Lobke, Müllingen, Rethmar, Sehnde, Wassel, Wehmingen, and Wirringen. Sehnde received its town charter in 1997.

The whole area was agricultural for centuries, until large salt and potash deposits were discovered at the end of the 19th century. Several potash mines were dug, the first at Gustavshall in Hohenfels in 1896. During the 20th century, Sehnde and Ilten were the chief beneficiaries of the mines, until the last one was closed in 1995. Since the 1950s, most of the area has been transformed into dormitory villages, while jobs have concentrated in Hannover. In 2005, small one-family houses dominate large parts of Sehnde and its villages.


The former potash mine Hohenfels in Wehmingen houses the national German tramway museum, the Hannoversches Straßenbahn-Museum.


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