Boroughs of Berlin

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The German capital Berlin is subdivided into 12 boroughs (German: Stadtteile/ Bezirke). The boroughs are called Bezirke in German. The 12 boroughs have political rights like a town community but they are not a legal city.

On January 1, 2001 there was a Berlin borough reform. The reform cut the number of Berlin's boroughs from 23 to 12. This was the result of combining several of the old boroughs. The reform was done in order to cut down administration costs.

Here are the old and the new boroughs:

  New borough name Old borough names Area Population
I Mitte Mitte, Tiergarten, Wedding 39.74 km2 (15.3 sq mi) 320,420
II Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg Friedrichshain, Kreuzberg 20.16 km2 (7.8 sq mi) 256,419
III Pankow Prenzlauer Berg, Weißensee, Pankow 103.07 km2 (39.8 sq mi) 348,412
IV Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf Charlottenburg, Wilmersdorf 64.72 km2 (25.0 sq mi) 315,054
V Spandau Spandau (unchanged) 91.91 km2 (35.5 sq mi) 225,856
VI Steglitz-Zehlendorf Steglitz, Zehlendorf 102.50 km2 (39.6 sq mi) 288,285
VII Tempelhof-Schöneberg Tempelhof, Schöneberg 53.09 km2 (20.5 sq mi) 335,171
VIII Neukölln Neukölln (unchanged) 44.93 km2 (17.3 sq mi) 306,214
IX Treptow-Köpenick Treptow, Köpenick 168.43 km2 (65.0 sq mi) 233,923
X Marzahn-Hellersdorf Marzahn, Hellersdorf 61.74 km2 (23.8 sq mi) 252,602
XI Lichtenberg Lichtenberg, Hohenschönhausen 52.29 km2 (20.2 sq mi) 258,455
XII Reinickendorf Reinickendorf (unchanged) 89.45 km2 (34.5 sq mi) 246,118

(the data in the table is March 2004)