Finsterwalde

Finsterwalde (German pronunciation: [fɪnstɐˈvaldə], Lower Sorbian: Grabin) is a town in the Elbe-Elster district (German: Landkreis), in Brandenburg, Germany.

Finsterwalde
Town hall

Coat of arms
Location of Finsterwalde within Elbe-Elster district
Finsterwalde
Finsterwalde
Coordinates: 51°37′59″N 13°43′00″E
CountryGermany
StateBrandenburg
DistrictElbe-Elster
Subdivisions3 Stadtteile / 2 Ortsteile
Government
  MayorJörg Gampe (CDU)
Area
  Total76.91 km2 (29.70 sq mi)
Elevation
108 m (354 ft)
Population
 (2018-12-31)[1]
  Total16,220
  Density210/km2 (550/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
03238
Dialling codes03531
Vehicle registrationEE, FI, LIB
Websitewww.finsterwalde.de

Overview

It is situated on the Schackebach, a tributary of the Kleine Elster, 28 m. W.S.W of Cottbus by rail. Pop. (2005) 18,840. The town has a Gothic church (1581), a castle, schools, cloth and cigar factories, iron-foundries, flour and saw mills and factories for machine building. The town, which is first mentioned in 1288, came into the possession of the Electorate of Saxony from 1635 and of Prussia in 1815. Popular are the "four singers from Finsterwalde" and their "singer-song".

Demography

Finsterwalde: Population development
within the current boundaries (2017)[2]
YearPop.±% p.a.
1875 10,098    
1890 11,466+0.85%
1910 17,297+2.08%
1925 17,474+0.07%
1933 18,072+0.42%
1939 20,120+1.81%
1946 22,613+1.68%
1950 22,374−0.27%
1964 23,609+0.38%
1971 23,976+0.22%
1981 24,870+0.37%
1985 24,781−0.09%
1989 24,427−0.36%
1990 23,777−2.66%
YearPop.±% p.a.
1991 23,019−3.19%
1992 22,985−0.15%
1993 22,556−1.87%
1994 22,029−2.34%
1995 21,744−1.29%
1996 21,457−1.32%
1997 21,343−0.53%
1998 20,908−2.04%
1999 20,482−2.04%
2000 20,103−1.85%
2001 19,704−1.98%
2002 19,378−1.65%
2003 19,152−1.17%
2004 18,985−0.87%
YearPop.±% p.a.
2005 18,693−1.54%
2006 18,516−0.95%
2007 18,162−1.91%
2008 17,861−1.66%
2009 17,517−1.93%
2010 17,407−0.63%
2011 16,876−3.05%
2012 16,680−1.16%
2013 16,561−0.71%
2014 16,407−0.93%
2015 16,548+0.86%
2016 16,497−0.31%
2017 16,409−0.53%
2018 16,220−1.15%

Known persons

The following well known persons are from Finsterwalde:

Buildings

References

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Finsterwalde". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.

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