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Coat of arms of Straelen
Coat of arms
Straelen   is located in Germany
Coordinates: 51°27′00″N 06°16′00″E / 51.45000°N 6.26667°E / 51.45000; 6.26667Coordinates: 51°27′00″N 06°16′00″E / 51.45000°N 6.26667°E / 51.45000; 6.26667
Country Germany
State North Rhine-Westphalia
Admin. region Düsseldorf
District Kleve
 • Mayor Jörg Langemeyer (CDU)
 • Total 74 km2 (29 sq mi)
Elevation 35 m (115 ft)
Population (2015-12-31)[1]
 • Total 15,641
 • Density 210/km2 (550/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 47638
Dialling codes 02834 & 02839
Vehicle registration KLE

Straelen (German pronunciation: [ˈʃtʁaːlən]) is a municipality in the district of Cleves, in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is located near the border with the Netherlands, approx. 10 km north-east of Venlo.

Straelen was first mentioned in Latin as Strala in 1063.

Sons and daughters of the city[edit]

  • Erwin van Aaken (1904-2008), architect for church buildings
  • Matthias Mertens (1906-1970), Roman Catholic priest, was imprisoned in Dachau concentration camp
  • Elmar Tophoven (1923-1989), German literary translator
  • Paul Wans (born 1957), artist, painter
  • Regina Peeters (born 1964), librarian
  • Veronika Fischer (1964-2012), Lord Mayor of the City of Mayen


External links[edit]

Straelen, church
Herongen, church: die Sankt Amanduskirche