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StateNorth Rhine-Westphalia
Admin. regionArnsberg
DistrictKreis Unna
 • MayorHeinrich Böckelühr (CDU)
 • Total56.2 km2 (21.7 sq mi)
120 m (390 ft)
 • Total46,754
 • Density830/km2 (2,200/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
Dialling codes02304
Vehicle registrationUN

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" (in German). Landesbetrieb Information und Technik NRW. Retrieved 2018-02-24.
  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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