Edewecht (Low German: Erwech) is a municipality in the Ammerland district, in Lower Saxony, Germany. It is situated approximately 15 kilometres (9 miles) west of Oldenburg.

Church of Saint Nicholas
Church of Saint Nicholas
Coat of arms of Edewecht
Coat of arms
Location of Edewecht within Ammerland district
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Edewecht is located in Germany
Edewecht is located in Lower Saxony
Coordinates: 53°07′33″N 07°58′57″E / 53.12583°N 7.98250°E / 53.12583; 7.98250Coordinates: 53°07′33″N 07°58′57″E / 53.12583°N 7.98250°E / 53.12583; 7.98250
StateLower Saxony
Subdivisions15 districts
 • MayorPetra Lausch (Ind.)
 • Total113.50 km2 (43.82 sq mi)
6 m (20 ft)
 • Total22,453
 • Density200/km2 (510/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
Dialling codes04405
Vehicle registrationWST

Villages in the municipality and their populationEdit

  • Friedrichsfehn Nord 1,747
  • Friedrichsfehn Süd 3,185
  • Husbäke 1,005 (known for the bog bodies found there; see: List of bog bodies)
  • Jeddeloh I 1,101
  • Jeddeloh II 1,333
  • Kleefeld 439
  • Klein Scharrel 1,229
  • Nord Edewecht I 2,246
  • Nord Edewecht II 2,548
  • Osterscheps 1,604
  • Portsloge 1,962
  • Süddorf 608
  • Süd Edewecht 2,256
  • Westerscheps 554
  • Wildenloh 805
  • Wittenberge 386

total: 23,008

  • Edewecht only 7,050
  • Friedrichsfehn only 4,932

Source: website of the Edewecht Municipality.

Date: June 30, 2020.

The population figures include people, who have a second home in Edewecht besides to a dwelling elsewhere, and legally residing foreigners.


Edewecht was the scene of severe fights during the last weeks of the Second World War. Coming from Friesoythe in the south, on April 17, 1945, Canadian troops had to conquer Edewecht in fierce house-by-house fighting against fanatic German paratroopers and other soldiers. The famous German artist Joseph Beuys, who was a young man in these days, was one of the Wehrmacht paratroopers defending Edewecht, and got injured on April, 27 during battle.

This battle was the fifth time that Edewecht was destroyed in a war. The first four times were in the 15th and 16th centuries. Edewecht had been a border watch location between Eastern Frisia and the County of Oldenburg for many centuries.

Twin townsEdit

Edewecht is twinned with

Sons and daughtersEdit


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