Schwanewede is a municipality in the district of Osterholz, in Lower Saxony, Germany. It is situated approximately 14 km west of Osterholz-Scharmbeck, and 22 km northwest of Bremen.

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Coat of arms of Schwanewede
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Location of Schwanewede within Osterholz district
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Schwanewede is located in Germany
Schwanewede
Schwanewede
Schwanewede is located in Lower Saxony
Schwanewede
Schwanewede
Coordinates: 53°14′N 08°36′E / 53.233°N 8.600°E / 53.233; 8.600Coordinates: 53°14′N 08°36′E / 53.233°N 8.600°E / 53.233; 8.600
CountryGermany
StateLower Saxony
DistrictOsterholz
Subdivisions12 districts
Government
 • MayorHarald Stehnken (SPD)
Area
 • Total132.2 km2 (51.0 sq mi)
Elevation
15 m (49 ft)
Population
 (2018-12-31)[1]
 • Total20,300
 • Density150/km2 (400/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
28790
Dialling codes04209
Vehicle registrationOHZ
Websitewww.schwanewede.de

It belonged to the Prince-Archbishopric of Bremen. In 1648 the Prince-Archbishopric was transformed into the Duchy of Bremen, which was first ruled in personal union by the Swedish and from 1715 on by the Hanoverian Crown. In 1823 the Duchy was abolished and its territory became part of the Stade Region.

It consists of 12 smaller villages, that form the municipality of Schwanewede, namely Beckedorf, Löhnhorst, Meyenburg, Aschwarden, Neuenkirchen, Brundorf, Eggestedt, Harriersand, Hinnebeck, Leuchtenburg, and Rade.

The Farge concentration camp is located in Schwanewede-Neuenkirchen.

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