Schwerte

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Schwerte
Schwerte
Schwerte
Location of Schwerte within Kreis Unna district
Schwerte in UN.svg
Schwerte is located in Germany
Schwerte
Schwerte
Schwerte is located in North Rhine-Westphalia
Schwerte
Schwerte
Coordinates: 51°26′45″N 7°33′55″E / 51.44583°N 7.56528°E / 51.44583; 7.56528Coordinates: 51°26′45″N 7°33′55″E / 51.44583°N 7.56528°E / 51.44583; 7.56528
CountryGermany
StateNorth Rhine-Westphalia
Admin. regionArnsberg
DistrictKreis Unna
Government
 • MayorHeinrich Böckelühr (CDU)
Area
 • Total56.23 km2 (21.71 sq mi)
Elevation
120 m (390 ft)
Population
 (2016-12-31)[2]
 • Total46,754
 • Density830/km2 (2,200/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
58239
Dialling codes02304
Vehicle registrationUN
Websitewww.schwerte.de

Schwerte is a city in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. About 48,000 people live there. Schwerte is in the Ruhr valley just north of the mountainous Sauerland region. The Ruhr river runs through the center of Schwerte.[3] Schwerte is a popular cycling destination for tourists.[3]

History[change | change source]

Schwerte received civic rights in the 12th century. It was a member of the medieval Hanseatic League. During World War II Schwerte housed a branch of the Buchenwald concentration camp. The camp held 710 prisoners.[4]

Controversy[change | change source]

In 2015 Schwerte officials have proposed housing refugees at the site of the former concentration camp.[5] The plan has been criticized as a bad idea by many Germans including the premier of North Rhine-Westphalia.[5] Officials say the buildings were built after the war and should not be a problem. Refugees coming to Germany include those from Syria, Afghanistan, Eritrea, Kosovo and Serbia.[5]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Alle politisch selbständigen Gemeinden mit ausgewählten Merkmalen am 31.12.2018 (4. Quartal)". DESTATIS. Archived from the original on 10 March 2019. Retrieved 10 March 2019.
  2. "Amtliche Bevölkerungszahlen" (in German). Landesbetrieb Information und Technik NRW. Retrieved 2018-02-24.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Schwerte". .Ruhr Tourismus. Retrieved 15 March 2015.
  4. "Schwerte". Förderverein Buchenwald. Retrieved 15 March 2015.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Soraya Nelson. "A German Plan: House Refugees In An Old Concentration Camp". NPR. Retrieved 15 March 2015.

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