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Dortmund

German location
NameDortmund
Administration
CountryGermany
StateNorth Rhine-Westphalia
Admin. regionArnsberg
Districturban district
BrgermeisterUllrich Sierau
PartySPD
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Basic statistics
Area (km2)280.4
Elevation (m)152
Population582184
Other information
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Licence plateDO
Postal code44001-44388
Area code0231, 02304

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Dortmund -deˈdɔɐ̯tmʊntDe-Dortmund.ogg is a city in Germany. It is located in the Bundesland of North Rhine-Westphalia, in the Ruhr area. Its population of 585,045 (in December 2006) makes it the 7th largest city in Germany and the 34th largest in the European Union.

The Ruhr river flows south of the city, and the small river Emscher flows through the municipal area. The Dortmund-Ems Canal also terminates in the Dortmund Port, which is the largest European canal port, and links Dortmund to the North Sea.

Dortmund is known as Westphalia's "green metropolis." Nearly half the municipal territory consists of waterways, woodland, agriculture and green spaces with spacious parks such as Westfalenpark and the Rombergpark. This contrasts with nearly a hundred years of extensive coal mining and steel milling within the city limits.


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