Niemegk is a town in the Potsdam-Mittelmark district, in Brandenburg, Germany. It is the administrative seat of the Amt ("municipal federation") Niemegk.

Niemegk
Main road
Main road
Coat of arms of Niemegk
Coat of arms
Location of Niemegk within Potsdam-Mittelmark district
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Niemegk is located in Germany
Niemegk
Niemegk
Niemegk is located in Brandenburg
Niemegk
Niemegk
Coordinates: 52°04′59″N 12°41′59″E / 52.08306°N 12.69972°E / 52.08306; 12.69972Coordinates: 52°04′59″N 12°41′59″E / 52.08306°N 12.69972°E / 52.08306; 12.69972
CountryGermany
StateBrandenburg
DistrictPotsdam-Mittelmark
Municipal assoc.Niemegk
Subdivisions2 Ortsteile
Government
 • MayorHans-Joachim Linthe (SPD)
Area
 • Total44.81 km2 (17.30 sq mi)
Elevation
75 m (246 ft)
Population
 (2018-12-31)[1]
 • Total2,037
 • Density45/km2 (120/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
14823
Dialling codes033843
Vehicle registrationPM
Websitewww.amt-niemegk.de

GeographyEdit

The municipal area is situated on the northeastern slopes of the Fläming Heath, east of the Plane river. The surrounding region comprises farmland and extended forests adjoining the High Fläming Nature Park. The town centre is located about 10 km (6.2 mi) southeast of Bad Belzig, and 23 km (14 mi) north of Wittenberg.

The town has access to the Bundesautobahn 9 highway at the Nimegk junction.

HistoryEdit

A Burgward at the former site of a Slavic fortress (gord) was first mentioned in an 1161 deed, at the time when the Ascanian margrave Albert the Bear conquered the Hevelli lands in the north. The name Nymik or Niemeke is possibly derived from the town of Nijmegen in the Low Countries, the place of origin of German settlers. The estates were held by the Teutonic Order and the former village was vested with town privileges in 1228.

Since the mid 13th century, the area was part of the Ascanian Duchy of Saxe-Wittenberg and, from 1356, of the Saxon electorate. Located on its northeastern border, it was the scene of numerous conflicts with Brandenburg knights and the forces of the Magdeburg archbishops. The town again suffered from Hussite raids in 1429, marauding Imperial troops after the Saxon defeat at the 1547 Battle of Mühlberg, and was devastated in the Thirty Years' War.

After the Napoleonic Wars and the 1815 Congress of Vienna, the town fell to Prussia and was incorporated into the Province of Brandenburg. From 1868, young Robert Koch worked in Niemegk as a country doctor.

DemographyEdit

 
Development of population since 1875 within the current boundaries (Blue line: Population; Dotted line: Comparison to population development of Brandenburg state; Grey background: Time of Nazi rule; Red background: Time of communist rule)
YearPop.±% p.a.
1875 2,647—    
1890 2,606−0.10%
1910 2,789+0.34%
1925 2,749−0.10%
1933 2,780+0.14%
1939 3,303+2.91%
1946 3,819+2.10%
1950 3,694−0.83%
1964 3,148−1.14%
1971 3,081−0.31%
1981 2,714−1.26%
1985 2,649−0.60%
1989 2,594−0.52%
1990 2,530−2.47%
1991 2,428−4.03%
1992 2,396−1.32%
1993 2,382−0.58%
1994 2,399+0.71%
1995 2,408+0.38%
1996 2,354−2.24%
YearPop.±% p.a.
1997 2,341−0.55%
1998 2,368+1.15%
1999 2,377+0.38%
2000 2,368−0.38%
2001 2,350−0.76%
2002 2,327−0.98%
2003 2,330+0.13%
2004 2,295−1.50%
2005 2,262−1.44%
2006 2,207−2.43%
2007 2,208+0.05%
2008 2,156−2.36%
2009 2,100−2.60%
2010 2,058−2.00%
2011 2,034−1.17%
2012 1,987−2.31%
2013 1,999+0.60%
2014 2,014+0.75%
2015 2,006−0.40%
2016 2,031+1.25%

PoliticsEdit

 
Town hall

Seats in the town's assembly (Stadtverordnetenversammlung) as of 2014 local elections:

Notable peopleEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Bevölkerung im Land Brandenburg nach amtsfreien Gemeinden, Ämtern und Gemeinden 31. Dezember 2018". Amt für Statistik Berlin-Brandenburg (in German). July 2019.
  2. ^ Detailed data sources are to be found in the Wikimedia Commons.Population Projection Brandenburg at Wikimedia Commons

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