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The Ruhr Music Theatre MiR
The Ruhr Music Theatre MiR
Coat of arms of Gelsenkirchen
Coat of arms
Gelsenkirchen  is located in Germany
Coordinates: 51°31′N 07°06′E / 51.517°N 7.100°E / 51.517; 7.100Coordinates: 51°31′N 07°06′E / 51.517°N 7.100°E / 51.517; 7.100
Country Germany
State North Rhine-Westphalia
Admin. region Münster
District Urban district
 • Lord Mayor Frank Baranowski (SPD)
 • Total 104.84 km2 (40.48 sq mi)
Elevation 60 m (200 ft)
Population (2006-06-30)
 • Total 267,362
 • Density 2,600/km2 (6,600/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 45801-45899
Dialling codes 0209
Vehicle registration GE

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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