Salzkotten is a town in the district of Paderborn, in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. The name Salzkotten (English: Salt cottage) is based on the former salt production, which gave Salzkotten its raison d'être. Salt was found in the salty springs around the city.

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Street in Salzkotten
Street in Salzkotten
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Flag
Coat of arms of Salzkotten
Coat of arms
Location of Salzkotten within Paderborn district
North Rhine-WestphaliaHesseHochsauerlandkreisSoest (district)Gütersloh (district)Höxter (district)Lippe (district)Bad LippspringePaderbornHövelhofLichtenauBad WünnenbergAltenbekenSalzkottenBürenBorchenDelbrückSalzkotten in PB.svg
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Salzkotten is located in Germany
Salzkotten
Salzkotten
Salzkotten is located in North Rhine-Westphalia
Salzkotten
Salzkotten
Coordinates: 51°40′15″N 08°36′17″E / 51.67083°N 8.60472°E / 51.67083; 8.60472Coordinates: 51°40′15″N 08°36′17″E / 51.67083°N 8.60472°E / 51.67083; 8.60472
CountryGermany
StateNorth Rhine-Westphalia
Admin. regionDetmold
DistrictPaderborn
Subdivisions10
Government
 • MayorUlrich Berger (CDU)
Area
 • Total109.40 km2 (42.24 sq mi)
Elevation
97 m (318 ft)
Population
 (2018-12-31)[1]
 • Total25,062
 • Density230/km2 (590/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
33143–33154
Dialling codes05258
02955 Niederntudorf
02948 Mantinghausen, Verlar and parts of Schwelle
Vehicle registrationPB
Websitewww.salzkotten.de

GeographyEdit

Salzkotten is situated at the border between the flat park landscape of the Münsterland in the north, the Soest Börde in the west and the dry rocky mountains with many forests in the south. It has many small fountains and rivers bringing water from the mountains to the Rhine. It is located approximately 12 km south-west of Paderborn.

Administrational divisionEdit

In 1975, the then city of Salzkotten (with nearly 6 000 inhabitants and 23.65 km²) was merged with nine municipalities to form the new city of Salzkotten (nearly 17 000 inhabitants and 109.40 km²):

ward  
Salzkotten
Mantinghausen
Niederntudorf
Oberntudorf
Scharmede
Schwelle
Thüle
Upsprunge
Verlar
Verne

Schwelle is commonly called United States of Holsen-Schwelle-Winkhausen because of its 3 tiny villages.

IndustryEdit

The economy of Salzkotten today focusses upon metal mining and refinery, machine manufacture, electronics, food production and services.

Resident Companies:

Reineke Brot

The bakery Reineke Brot founded in 1889 by Johann and Theresa Reineke and still in the ownership of the family. They bake various types of whole grain wheat, rye and mixed wheat/rye breads as well as some pastries. Their specialty in this area of expertise is bismarks - jelly filled doughnuts. The flour used in their products is locally grown and ground in their own mill which lies in Paderborn.

Gilbarco Veeder-Root

In 1865, Charles Gilbert and John Barker partnered to build the "Springfield Gas Machine" that converted crude petroleum distillates into a gas vapor used to light buildings. 1910, Gilbert & Barker designed and manufactured their first petroleum pump the T-1, used push-pull motion to draw gasoline from an underground tank for fueling automobiles. Pumps are produced at headquarters Salzkotten, Germany.

PopulationEdit

Detailed data about the population can be found here.[2]

HistoryEdit

 
Graduation tower in Salzkotten

Salzkotten was founded in 1247, but documents exist which indicate that salt production was already occurring in 1160. Before the city's foundation, there were a number of farms and villages, which were broken down and rebuilt within the new city walls.

MayorsEdit

  • 1975 – 1984: Franz Cramer (CDU)
  • 1984 – 1989: Josef Ettler (CDU)
  • 1989 – 2004: Konrad Rump (CDU)
  • 2004 – 2014 Michael Dreier (CDU)
  • 2014 Ulrich Berger (CDU)

Population developmentEdit

Year Inhabitants
1975 17.073
1985 19.228
1990 20.495
Year Inhabitants
2000 23.501
2004 24.544
2008 24.913
Year Inhabitants
2010 24.868
2012 24.627

PoliticsEdit

The politics of Salzkotten are dominated by the conservative CDU. Since World War II, the CDU is the biggest party in the city council (German: Stadtrat). Since the 2014 local election, there are 5 groups in the city council (38 seats):

  • CDU (Christian-Democratic Union of Germany) 57.0% of the votes, 21 seats
  • SPD (Socialdemocratic Party of Germany) 22.5%, 8 seats
  • GRÜNE (Alliance 90/The Greens) 9.8%, 4 seats
  • FDP (Free Democratic Party) 6.7%, 3 seats
  • DIE LINKE (The Left) 4.0%, 2 seat.

The Mayor of Salzkotten is Ulrich Berger (CDU). He was elected in 2014 with 70.3 of the votes%.

CultureEdit

The city has three significant annual celebrations: the Sälzerfest (salt producers' festival), the Schützenfest (fair featuring shooting matches) and the Hederauenfest. The Schützenfest itself is an event that takes place in many towns and cities across the state.

Notable peopleEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Bevölkerung der Gemeinden Nordrhein-Westfalens am 31. Dezember 2018" (in German). Landesbetrieb Information und Technik NRW. Retrieved 10 July 2019.
  2. ^ http://www.wegweiser-kommune.de/statistik/salzkotten+altersstrukturgrafik

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