Parchim (German: [ˈpaʁçɪm] (About this soundlisten)) is a town in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany. It is the capital of the Ludwigslust-Parchim district. It was the birthplace of Helmuth von Moltke the Elder, to whom a monument was erected in 1876.

Parchim
Town hall
Town hall
Coat of arms of Parchim
Coat of arms
Location of Parchim within Ludwigslust-Parchim district
Parchim in LUP.svg
Parchim is located in Germany
Parchim
Parchim
Parchim is located in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
Parchim
Parchim
Coordinates: 53°25′N 11°50′E / 53.417°N 11.833°E / 53.417; 11.833Coordinates: 53°25′N 11°50′E / 53.417°N 11.833°E / 53.417; 11.833
CountryGermany
StateMecklenburg-Vorpommern
DistrictLudwigslust-Parchim
Government
 • MayorDirk Flörke (CDU)
Area
 • Total124.49 km2 (48.07 sq mi)
Elevation
50 m (160 ft)
Population
 (2018-12-31)[1]
 • Total18,037
 • Density140/km2 (380/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
19370
Dialling codes03871
Vehicle registrationPCH
Websitewww.parchim.de

Founded about 1210, it was the seat of the short-lived Lordship of Parchim-Richenberg, a partition of the Duchy of Mecklenburg, from 1226 until 1248 when the lord relocated to Richenberg. Parchim was absorbed into the Lordship of Werle in 1255. In 1277 Werle was partitioned and Parchim became the seat of Werle-Parchim until it was reunited with Werle-Güstrow in 1307. One branch of the family of the duke of Mecklenburg resided in Parchim during part of the 14th century. It became a prosperous industrial town during the 16th century, but this prosperity was destroyed by the Thirty Years' War.

Population developmentEdit

  • 1648 – 1,300
  • 1789 – 4,000
  • 1830 – 5,800
  • 1850 – 6,270
  • 1910 – 12,804
  • 1939 – 16,000
  • 1974 – 23,000
  • 1990 – 23,800
  • 2000 – 20,048
  • 2005 – 19,348

Notable residentsEdit

 
Helmuth Karl Bernhard von Moltke

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Statistisches Amt M-V – Bevölkerungsstand der Kreise, Ämter und Gemeinden 2018". Statistisches Amt Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (in German). July 2019.

External linksEdit

 
Saint George's church
 
Fountain
 
Timber-framed house

  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Parchim". Encyclopædia Britannica. 20 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 798.