Gelsenkirchen

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Gelsenkirchen
The Ruhr Music Theatre MiR
The Ruhr Music Theatre MiR
Coat of arms of Gelsenkirchen
Coat of arms
Gelsenkirchen is located in Germany
Gelsenkirchen
Gelsenkirchen
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CountryGermany
StateNorth Rhine-Westphalia
Admin. regionMünster
DistrictUrban district
Government
 • Lord MayorFrank Baranowski (SPD)
Area
 • Total104.84 km2 (40.48 sq mi)
Elevation60 m (200 ft)
Population (2006-06-30)
 • Total267,362
 • Density2,600/km2 (6,600/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes45801-45899
Dialling codes0209
Vehicle registrationGE
Websitewww.gelsenkirchen.de

Gelsenkirchen is a city in Germany in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. It is about 63 km (39.1 mi) north of Cologne in the so-called Ruhr Area.

About 269,000 people live there. In the past it was dominated by coal mining and steel industry. The city is famous for its football (soccer) club FC Schalke 04.

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