Sylt (municipality)

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Gemeinde Sylt
Town hall Westerland, seat of Gemeinde Sylt
Town hall Westerland, seat of Gemeinde Sylt
Gemeinde Sylt  is located in Germany
Gemeinde Sylt
Gemeinde Sylt
Coordinates: 54°55′N 8°18′E / 54.917°N 8.300°E / 54.917; 8.300Coordinates: 54°55′N 8°18′E / 54.917°N 8.300°E / 54.917; 8.300
Country Germany
State Schleswig-Holstein
District Nordfriesland
 • Beauftragter Nikolas Häckel (Ind.)
 • Total 57.81 km2 (22.32 sq mi)
Elevation 1 - 5 m (−15 ft)
Population (2015-12-31)[1]
 • Total 13,453
 • Density 230/km2 (600/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 25969-25980
Dialling codes 04651
Vehicle registration NF

Gemeinde Sylt (Danish: Sild (Kommune),North Frisian: Söl (Gimiindi)) is a municipality on the island of Sylt in the district of Nordfriesland, in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. It has around 13,000 inhabitants and covers about 60% of the area of the island.[2]


The municipality was formed on 1 January 2009 by the merger of the former municipalities Rantum and Sylt-Ost with the town of Westerland. The debate on this move had started in 2003 when a similar merger happened on Fehmarn. However, local rivalries and desire for independence prevented progress for a time. It took the foundation of a citizens' movement Bürger für Sylt als Einheit to advance the plan. In separate referendums in 2008, Westerland (by a large majority) and Sylt-Ost (narrowly) agreed to the merger in May 2008. Rantum followed, but List, Kampen, Wenningstedt-Braderup and Hörnum remained aloof. In September 2008 the merger contract was signed.[3]

Although Westerland used to have the status of Stadt (city), the new municipality so far refrained from applying for this status. One reason is that the Ortsteile do not want to advertise their tourism services as simple suburbs (Stadtteile).[3]



The municipality consists of the following Ortsteile (towns):[4]

  1. Archsum*
  2. Keitum*
  3. Morsum*
  4. Munkmarsch*
  5. Rantum
  6. Tinnum*
  7. Westerland

(* Former constituent part of Sylt-Ost.)


Gemeinde Sylt shares its administration in a Verwaltungsgemeinschaft (de) with the Amt Landschaft Sylt, located in the townhall of Westerland – the former Kurhaus, built in 1897.[5]

Municipal council[edit]

The Gemeindevertretung Sylt has 36 members. Since the election of 26 May 2013 the distribution has been as follows:[6]

  • CDU: 14 seats
  • Sylter Wählergemeinschaft: 7 seats
  • SPD: 6 seats
  • The Greens: 3 seats
  • SSW: 3 seats
  • Insel-Liste zukunft.sylt: 2 seats
  • Independent: 1 seat


In January 2015, Nikolas Häckel was elected as new mayor in the second round of voting which he won with 55% of the vote (against 45% for Gabriele Pauli). He replaced incumbent Petra Reiber (in office since 2009) on 1 May 2015.[2]


  1. ^ "Statistikamt Nord – Bevölkerung der Gemeinden in Schleswig-Holstein 4. Quartal 2015] (XLS-file)". Statistisches Amt für Hamburg und Schleswig-Holstein (in German). 
  2. ^ a b "Bürgermeisteramt: Promi-Insel stimmt gegen den Promi - Pauli verliert Sylt-Wahl" (in German). Hamburger Abendblatt. Retrieved 7 April 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "Die Metropole der Insel heißt jetzt Sylt" (in German). Hamburger Abendblatt. Retrieved 7 April 2015. 
  4. ^ "Sieben Orte - Eine Gemeinde" (in German). Gemeinde Sylt. Retrieved 7 April 2015. 
  5. ^ "Eine Amtsverwaltung... was ist das eigentlich?" (in German). Amt Landschaft Sylt. Retrieved 7 April 2015. 
  6. ^ "Details des Gremiums "Gemeindevertretung Sylt"" (in German). Gemeinde Sylt. Retrieved 7 April 2015. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Sylt at Wikimedia Commons