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Country Germany
State North Rhine-Westphalia
Admin. region Arnsberg
District Kreis Unna
 • Mayor Heinrich Böckelühr (CDU)
 • Total 56.2 km2 (21.7 sq mi)
Elevation 120 m (390 ft)
Population (2015-12-31)[1]
 • Total 46,723
 • Density 830/km2 (2,200/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 58239
Dialling codes 02304
Vehicle registration UN

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.[2] Schwerte is a popular cycling destination for tourists.[2]

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.[3]

Controversy[change | change source]

In 2015 Schwerte officials have proposed housing refugees at the site of the former concentration camp.[4] The plan has been criticized as a bad idea by many Germans including the premier of North Rhine-Westphalia.[4] 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.[4]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Amtliche Bevölkerungszahlen". Landesbetrieb Information und Technik NRW (in German). 18 July 2016. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Schwerte". .Ruhr Tourismus. Retrieved 15 March 2015. 
  3. "Schwerte". Förderverein Buchenwald. Retrieved 15 March 2015. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Soraya Nelson. "A German Plan: House Refugees In An Old Concentration Camp". NPR. Retrieved 15 March 2015. 

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