Lychen

Lychen (German pronunciation: [ˈlyːçən]), also known as Flößerstadt (raftsman city), is a town in the Uckermark district, in Brandenburg, Germany. It is situated 24 kilometres (15 mi) southeast of Neustrelitz, and 12 kilometres (7.5 mi) east of Fürstenberg/Havel. This is the town where the thumbtack was created.

Lychen
Church of Saint John

Coat of arms
Location of Lychen within Uckermark district
Lychen
Lychen
Coordinates: 53°12′12″N 13°19′11″E
CountryGermany
StateBrandenburg
DistrictUckermark
Subdivisions4 Ortsteile
Government
  MayorKarola Gundlach
Area
  Total110.51 km2 (42.67 sq mi)
Elevation
60 m (200 ft)
Population
 (2018-12-31)[1]
  Total3,178
  Density29/km2 (74/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
17279
Dialling codes039888
Vehicle registrationUM
Websitewww.lychen.de

History

Historically, timber rafting was one of the most important sectors of the economy. The timber was built into rafts and used for building projects, and was also used to transport other goods. Lychen has a timber rafting museum, and tourists can travel by raft on the lake.

Flat-headed thumbtacks were invented in Lychen in 1903 by Johann Kirsten. His invention is celebrated in a memorial. At the beginning of the 20th century there were a number of small factories here manufacturing thumbtacks.

The Hohenlychen Sanatorium used by the Schutzstaffel during World War II, is located in the town.

Demography

Lychen: Population development
within the current boundaries (2017)[2]
YearPop.±% p.a.
1875 3,184    
1890 3,359+0.36%
1910 3,919+0.77%
1925 4,828+1.40%
1933 4,662−0.44%
1939 5,261+2.04%
1946 4,981−0.78%
1950 5,053+0.36%
1964 4,452−0.90%
1971 4,490+0.12%
1981 4,205−0.65%
1985 4,209+0.02%
1989 4,118−0.54%
1990 4,114−0.10%
YearPop.±% p.a.
1991 4,060−1.31%
1992 4,290+5.67%
1993 4,299+0.21%
1994 4,154−3.37%
1995 4,122−0.77%
1996 4,118−0.10%
1997 4,064−1.31%
1998 4,073+0.22%
1999 4,015−1.42%
2000 3,966−1.22%
2001 3,989+0.58%
2002 3,967−0.55%
2003 3,943−0.60%
2004 3,943+0.00%
YearPop.±% p.a.
2005 3,905−0.96%
2006 3,805−2.56%
2007 3,729−2.00%
2008 3,626−2.76%
2009 3,571−1.52%
2010 3,527−1.23%
2011 3,257−7.66%
2012 3,150−3.29%
2013 3,114−1.14%
2014 3,109−0.16%
2015 3,135+0.84%
2016 3,222+2.78%
2017 3,207−0.47%
2018 3,178−0.90%

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References

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