Lünen

Lünen is a town in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is located north of Dortmund, on both banks of the River Lippe. It is the largest town of the Unna district and part of the Ruhr Area.

Lünen
View with the bridge on the River Lippe
Location of Lünen within Unna district
Lünen
Lünen
Coordinates: 51°37′N 7°31′E
CountryGermany
StateNorth Rhine-Westphalia
Admin. regionArnsberg
DistrictUnna
Subdivisions14 Stadtteile
Government
  Mayor (202025) Jürgen Kleine-Frauns[1]
Area
  Total59.18 km2 (22.85 sq mi)
Elevation
58 m (190 ft)
Population
 (2021-12-31)[2]
  Total85,721
  Density1,400/km2 (3,800/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Postal codes
44532, 44534, 44536
Dialling codes02306, 0231
Vehicle registrationUN, LÜN
Websitewww.luenen.de

In 2009 a biogas plant was built to provide electric power to the city. Lünen is the first city in the world to receive electricity via public utility companies that is generated on the base of animal waste.[3] The plant produces up to 6.6 MW, supplying 26,000 homes with heat and electricity.[4]

Culture and main sights

Saint George's Church

Structure

  • Saint George's Church
  • Saint Mary's Church
  • Chateau of Schwansbell
  • Colani-UFO
  • Freiherr-vom-Stein School
  • Town hall of Lünen
  • Geschwister-Scholl School
  • Industrial Monument "Moor Crane"

Museum

  • Museum of the town Lünen
  • Mining Museum in Lünen South
  • Mining residential Museum in Lünen Brambauer

Theatre

  • Heinz-Hilpert theater

Politics

The current mayor of Lünen is independent politician Jürgen Kleine-Frauns since 2015; he was originally elected as a member of Together for Lünen (German: Gemeinsam für Lünen = GFL), but later left the party. The most recent mayoral election was held on 13 September 2020, with a runoff held on 27 September, and the results were as follows:

Candidate Party First round Second round
Votes  % Votes  %
Rainer Schmeltzer Social Democratic Party 10,864 40.9 9,824 48.9
Jürgen Kleine-Frauns Independent 9,767 36.7 10,282 51.1
Christoph Tölle Christian Democratic Union 4,341 16.3
Sascha Gottwald Free Voters Lünen 1,624 6.1
Valid votes 26,596 97.7 20,106 98.9
Invalid votes 641 2.3 215 1.1
Total 27,237 100.0 20,321 100.0
Electorate/voter turnout 66,291 41.1 66,247 30.7
Source: City of Lünen (1st round, 2nd round)

City council

Results of the 2020 city council election.

The Lünen city council governs the city alongside the Mayor. The most recent city council election was held on 13 September 2020, and the results were as follows:

Party Votes  % +/- Seats +/-
Social Democratic Party (SPD) 9,066 33.9 7.0 19 3
Christian Democratic Union (CDU) 5,895 22.1 2.5 12 1
Together for Lünen (GFL) 3,835 14.4 1.1 8 1
Alliance 90/The Greens (Grüne) 3,690 13.8 6.4 8 4
Alternative for Germany (AfD) 1,816 6.8 New 4 New
Free Democratic Party (FDP) 922 3.5 0.7 2 ±0
The Left (Die Linke) 846 3.2 0.9 2 ±0
Free Voters Lünen (FW Lünen) 501 1.9 New 1 New
Independent Fohrmeister 85 0.3 New 0 New
Independent Rosenkranz 85 0.2 New 0 New
Independent God 19 0.1 New 0 New
Valid votes 26,730 98.2
Invalid votes 480 1.8
Total 27,210 100.0 56 2
Electorate/voter turnout 66,291 41.1 3.4
Source: City of Lünen

Twin towns - sister cities

Lünen is twinned with:[5]

Notable people

  • Jens Beutel (1946–2019), SPD politician, mayor of Mainz 1997–2011
  • Markus Brzenska (born 1984), footballer
  • Karl-Heinz Granitza (born 1951), footballer
  • Björn Höcke (born 1972), AfD politician, Member of Landtag in Thuringia
  • Theodor Kleine (1924–2014), sprint canoer, Olympic medalist
  • Friedhelm Konietzka (1938–2012), football player and coach
  • Wilhelm Kuhne (born 1926), priest (Monsignore) and former rector of the Hardehausen Abbey
  • Michael Mendl (born 1944), actor
  • Max Raabe (born 1962), singer and conductor of the Palast Orchester in Berlin
  • Berndt Röder (born 1948), CDU politician, former president of the Hamburgische Bürgerschaft
  • Rollergirl (born 1975), singer
  • Rüdiger Sagel (born 1955), politician Alliance 90/The Greens, later The Left, Member of Landtag North Rhine-Westphalia 1998–2012
  • Max Simon (1899–1961), SS officer and war criminal
  • Andreas Thiel (born 1960), handball player
  • Eckhart Tolle (born 1948), spiritual teacher and author
  • Clara Vogedes (1892–1983), artist
  • Ernst Waldschmidt (1897–1985), orientalist and indologist
  • Wolfgang Wendland (born 1962), singer, politician of the Pogo party
  • Dieter Zorc (1939–2007), footballer

References

  1. Wahlergebnisse in NRW Kommunalwahlen 2020, Land Nordrhein-Westfalen, accessed 30 June 2021.
  2. "Bevölkerung der Gemeinden Nordrhein-Westfalens am 31. Dezember 2021" (in German). Landesbetrieb Information und Technik NRW. Retrieved 20 June 2022.
  3. Pidd, Helen (28 May 2009). "Poo power to the people". The Guardian. Retrieved 20 May 2021.
  4. "German city uses waste to generate green energy". Building. Building Sustainable Design. 28 May 2009. Retrieved 20 May 2021.
  5. "Städtepartnerschaften". luenen.de (in German). Lünen. Retrieved 2021-02-19.
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