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Darmstadt

German location
Administration
CountryGermany
StateHesse
Admin. regionDarmstadt
Districturban
BrgermeisterJochen Partsch
PartyBündnis 90/Die Grünen
Basic statistics
Area (km2)122.23
Elevation (m)144
Population141471
Other information
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Licence plateDA
Postal code64283 64297
Area code06151, 06150

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Darmstadt is a city in the Bundesland (federal state) of Hesse in Germany, located in the southern part of the Rhine Main Area.

The sandy soils in the Darmstadt area, ill-suited for agriculture in times before industrial fertilisation, prevented any larger settlement from developing, until the city became the seat of the Landgraves of Hessen-Darmstadt in the 16th century.

As the administrative centre of an increasingly prosperous duchy, the city gained in prominence during the following centuries. In the 20th century, industry (especially chemicals) as well as large science and electronics (later information technology) sectors became increasingly important, and are still a major part of the city's economy. Darmstadt also has a large tertiary education sector, with three major universities and numerous associated institutions.

Darmstadt is one of few cities (as opposed to smaller towns) in Germany which does not lie close to a river, lake or coast. It can also boast being the sunniest city in the state of Hesse. The chemical element Darmstadtium (atomic number 110) is named after it, having been synthetisized in the GSI Centre for Heavy Ion Research in Darmstadt-Wixhausen.


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