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Kiel – DEF02

EU regions: Germany > Schleswig-Holstein > Schleswig-Holstein > Kiel

map of Kiel DEF02
Gross domestic product
GDP per capita in PPS of EU average2021140

More on wikipedia wikidata Q1707 on OpenStreetMap Kiel slovensky: DEF02


number of inhabitants2023247 717
population density20222110.9
old-age dependency ratio202327.7
demographic pyramid DEF02 Kiel

From Wikipedia: Kiel (German: [kiːl] (listen)) is the capital and most populous city in the northern German state of Schleswig-Holstein, with a population of 249,023 (2016).

Kiel lies approximately 90 kilometres (56 mi) north of Hamburg. Due to its geographic location in the north of Germany, the southeast of the Jutland peninsula and the southwestern shore of the Baltic Sea, Kiel has become one of the major maritime centres of Germany. For instance, the city is known for a variety of international sailing events, including the annual Kiel Week, which is the biggest sailing event in the world. The Olympic sailing competitions of the 1936 and the 1972 Summer Olympics were held in the Bay of Kiel.

Kiel has also been one of the traditional homes of the German Navy's Baltic fleet, and continues to be a major high-tech shipbuilding centre. Located in Kiel is the GEOMAR – Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel at the University of Kiel. Kiel is an important sea transport hub, thanks to its location on the Kiel Fjord (Kieler Förde) and the busiest artificial waterway in the world, Kiel Canal (Nord-Ostsee-Kanal). A number of passenger ferries to Sweden, Norway, Lithuania and other countries operate from here. Moreover, today Kiel Harbour is an important port of call for cruise ships touring the Baltic Sea.

Kiel's recorded history began in the 13th century, but the city was originally a Danish village, in the 8th century.

Other: Schleswig-Holstein, Nordfriesland district, Pinneberg, Steinburg, Dithmarschen, Lübeck, Stormarn, Ostholstein, Plön District, Segeberg, Rendsburg, Kiel, Mittelangeln, Herzogtum Lauenburg, Flensburg, Neumünster

Neighbours: Plön District, Rendsburg

Suggested citation: Michal Páleník: Europe and its regions in numbers - Kiel – DEF02, IZ Bratislava, retrieved from: https://www.iz.sk/​PDEF02, ISBN: 978-80-970204-9-1, DOI:10.5281/zenodo.10200164