Sosa, Germany

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Ortsteil of Eibenstock
Erholungsort Sosa.JPG
Sosa  is located in Germany
Coordinates: 50°29′57″N 12°39′7″E / 50.49917°N 12.65194°E / 50.49917; 12.65194Coordinates: 50°29′57″N 12°39′7″E / 50.49917°N 12.65194°E / 50.49917; 12.65194
Country Germany
State Saxony
District Erzgebirgskreis
Town Eibenstock
 • Total 21.99 km2 (8.49 sq mi)
Elevation 714 m (2,343 ft)
Population (2009-12-31)
 • Total 2,069
 • Density 94/km2 (240/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 08326
Dialling codes 037752
Vehicle registration ERZ

Sosa is a former municipality in the western Ore Mountains, in the Erzgebirgskreis, Saxony, Germany. It is a state-recognized health resort, that has belonged to the town Eibenstock since 1 January 2011.


Sosa lies on both sides of the like-named Sosabach at an elevation of between 550 and 817 m above sea level. Also in the community is the Rote Grube (“Red Mine”).


Sosa began as a forest village (Waldhufendorf). In 1453 it was first mentioned as Sossaw, although its beginnings are believed to have been in the 13th century. The people originally worked the land; however, from the 18th century onwards, mining gained in importance. In the second half of the 19th century, mining was diminishing in importance, and many migrated to the Zwickau coalfields. There was a short revival between 1947 and 1956 when the Soviet-German Wismut Corporation (Sowjetisch-Deutsche Aktiengesellschaft Wismut, or SDAG Wismut) mined uranium here, bringing about a new upswing.

Population development[edit]

Development of population figures (31 December):

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1971 2,709 —    
1998 2,311 −14.7%
1999 2,330 +0.8%
2000 2,321 −0.4%
2001 2,287 −1.5%
2002 2,273 −0.6%
2003 2,248 −1.1%
2004 2,189 −2.6%
2005 2,157 −1.5%
2006 2,137 −0.9%
Source from 1998 on: Statistisches Landesamt des Freistaates Sachsen

Culture and sightseeing[edit]

Between 1949 and 1952, the Sosa Reservoir was built. Its dam is almost 60 m high and its area is 39.3 ha.

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