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Borough of Berlin
Coat of arms of Spandau
Coat of arms
Spandau  is located in Germany
Coordinates: 52°33′N 13°12′E / 52.550°N 13.200°E / 52.550; 13.200Coordinates: 52°33′N 13°12′E / 52.550°N 13.200°E / 52.550; 13.200
Country Germany
State Berlin
City Berlin
 • Mayor Helmut Kleebank (SPD)
 • Total 91.91 km2 (35.49 sq mi)
Population (2012-11-30)
 • Total 231,540
 • Density 2,500/km2 (6,500/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Vehicle registration B
Website Official homepage

Spandau (pronounced [ˈʃpandaʊ̯]) is the fifth of the twelve boroughs (Bezirk) of Berlin. It is the fourth largest and westernmost borough, situated at the confluence of the Havel and Spree rivers and along the western bank of the Havel, but the least populated.


In the west it borders on the districts of Oberhavel and Havelland, and the city of Potsdam in the federal state of Brandenburg. Modern industries include metal working, chemicals and carpet manufacturing. It was the location of the notorious Spandau Prison until the prison was demolished in 1987. The British New Romantic band Spandau Ballet took their name from the Spandau borough in the British sector of former West Berlin.

The borough headquarters occupy Spandau Town Hall, built in 1913.


As of 2010, Spandau had a population of 223,962, of whom 62,000 (27%) had a migration background or were of non-German ethnicity.[1]

Percentage of people with migration background[2]
Germans without migration background/Ethnic Germans 165,000 (73%)
Germans with migration background or foreign citizens 62,000 (27%)
Middle Eastern origin (Turkey, Arab League, Iran etc.) 20,400 (9%)
(non-German) EU-European migration background (esp. Poles, Romanians etc.) 13,600 (6%)
African background/Afro-Germans (Ghana, Nigeria, Kamerun etc.) 7,000 (3%)
Others (East Asians, Russians, Serbs etc.) 20,400 (9%)


Subdivisions of Spandau

Spandau is divided into 9 localities:


Allocation of seats in the borough council of Spandau

At the 2011 elections for the parliament of the borough (Bezirksverordnetenversammlung) the following parties were elected:

Notable people[edit]

Twin towns[edit]

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