Parchim

Parchim (German: [ˈpaʁçɪm] (listen)) 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

Coat of arms
Location of Parchim within Ludwigslust-Parchim district
Parchim
Parchim
Coordinates: 53°25′N 11°50′E
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 development

  • 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 residents

See also

References

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

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