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The German mining museum in Bochum.
The German mining museum in Bochum.
Coat of arms of Bochum
Coat of arms
Bochum is located in Germany
Coordinates: 51°28′55″N 07°12′57″E / 51.48194°N 7.21583°E / 51.48194; 7.21583Coordinates: 51°28′55″N 07°12′57″E / 51.48194°N 7.21583°E / 51.48194; 7.21583
Country Germany
State North Rhine-Westphalia
Admin. region Arnsberg
District urban district
 • Mayor Thomas Eiskirch (SPD)
 • Total 145.4 km2 (56.1 sq mi)
Population (2006-10-31)
 • Total 376,586
 • Density 2,600/km2 (6,700/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 44701-44894
Dialling codes 0234, 02327
Vehicle registration BO

Bochum 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.

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.

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