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View of Altena Castle in September 2008
View of Altena Castle in September 2008
Coat of arms of Altena
Location of Altena within Märkischer Kreis district
Altena in MK.svg
Altena is located in Germany
Altena is located in North Rhine-Westphalia
Coordinates: 51°18′0″N 07°40′0″E / 51.30000°N 7.66667°E / 51.30000; 7.66667Coordinates: 51°18′0″N 07°40′0″E / 51.30000°N 7.66667°E / 51.30000; 7.66667
StateNorth Rhine-Westphalia
Admin. regionArnsberg
DistrictMärkischer Kreis
 • Mayor (2020–25) Uwe Kober[1] (CDU)
 • Total44.29 km2 (17.10 sq mi)
Highest elevation
511 m (1,677 ft)
Lowest elevation
145 m (476 ft)
 • Total16,527
 • Density370/km2 (970/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Postal codes
Dialling codes02352
Vehicle registrationMK

Altena is a town in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is in the Märkischer Kreis district. It is on the Lenne river valley It is in the northern parts the Sauerland. About 16,500 lived there in 2020. The major political party is the CDU. The Altena Castle is a famous tourist attraction in the town and is from the 12th century. There is also the Castle Holtbrinck, St. Matthew's Church, St. Katharine's Church and a special Holländer house. The main religious groups are Protestants and Catholics. During the German Refugee Crisis (2015/2016), Altena took in hundreds of immigrants and won the "National Integration Prize".[3][4]

References[change | change source]

  1. Wahlergebnisse in NRW Kommunalwahlen 2020, Land Nordrhein-Westfalen, accessed 21 June 2021.
  2. "Bevölkerung der Gemeinden Nordrhein-Westfalens am 31. Dezember 2020" (in German). Landesbetrieb Information und Technik NRW. Retrieved 21 June 2021.
  3. WELT (2015-12-21). "Flüchtlinge: Altena ist die „Hauptstadt der Mutbürger"". DIE WELT (in German). Retrieved 2022-07-22.
  4. WELT (2017-05-17). "Angela Merkel: Zuwanderung kann „wirkliche Stärkung unseres Landes sein"". DIE WELT (in German). Retrieved 2022-07-22.