Coordinates: 51°28′55″N 07°12′57″E / 51.48194°N 7.21583°E / 51.48194; 7.21583
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Bochum Skyline, German Mining Museum, Zeiss Planetarium Bochum, Schauspielhaus Bochum, Bochum Kammerspiele
Flag of Bochum
Coat of arms of Bochum
Location of Bochum
Bochum is located in Germany
Bochum is located in North Rhine-Westphalia
Coordinates: 51°28′55″N 07°12′57″E / 51.48194°N 7.21583°E / 51.48194; 7.21583
StateNorth Rhine-Westphalia
Admin. regionArnsberg
DistrictUrban district
 • MayorThomas Eiskirch (SPD)
 • Total145.4 km2 (56.1 sq mi)
 • Total363,441
 • Density2,500/km2 (6,500/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Postal codes
Dialling codes0234, 02327
Vehicle registrationBO, WAT

Bochum (/ˈbxʊm/ BOHKH-uum, also US: /-əm/ -⁠əm,[2][3][4][5] German: [ˈboːxʊm] (audio speaker iconlisten); Westphalian: Baukem, Low Franconian: Boochem, Old Saxon: Bochem) is a city in the Ruhr area of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia in Germany. It is part of the Arnsberg Government Region.

Bochum has about 380,000 inhabitants. The city is formed by the traditional industry of coal mining in the Ruhr area, but today there is no mining in Bochum anymore.

Education[change | change source]

Today the most important institution in Bochum is the Ruhr-University Bochum, one of the biggest German universities. It has an extremely wide spectrum of subjects, beginning with mathematics and science, social sciences, economy, engineering, laws, philosophy, historical subjects, theology, medicine, and languages even including Chinese and Polish.

Culture[change | change source]

Bochum has a rich cultural life and its theatre is one of the most prominent in Germany. Next to Bochum are the cities Essen and Hattingen.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Bevölkerung der Gemeinden Nordrhein-Westfalens am 31. Dezember 2021" (in German). Landesbetrieb Information und Technik NRW. Retrieved 20 June 2022.
  2. "Bochum". The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language (5th ed.). Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Retrieved 18 April 2019.
  3. "Bochum". Collins English Dictionary. HarperCollins. Retrieved 18 April 2019.
  4. "Bochum" Archived 2019-04-18 at the Wayback Machine (US) and "Bochum". Oxford Dictionaries UK Dictionary. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 18 April 2019.
  5. "Bochum". Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Retrieved 18 April 2019.