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Emden is a town located in "Eastern Frisia", in northwestern Germany. As of 2001, the city had a total population of 50,253.


Emden is located at 53°20' North 07°12' East.

According to the Homepage of City of Emden, the city has a total area of 112.4 km².


The exact founding date of Emden is unknown, but it existed at least since the 8th century.

Older names for Emden are Amuthon, Embda, Emda, Embden.

The city rights and the city's coat of arms, the "Engelke up de Muer" were given to Emden by emperor Maximillian I, in 1495.

Emden was a very rich city during the 17th century, due to large numbers of Dutch immigrants. It was a center of reformed protestantism at that time.

The main city was nearly completely wiped out during allied bombing runs in World War II, destroying nearly all historic buildings.


The main industries in Emden are automobile production and shipbuilding. Volkswagen runs a large factory building the VW Passat car.

Another important economic factor is touristics, mainly as a day trip target for the tourists in the surrounding villages.


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There is also a small municipality called Emden in the Ohrekreis in Saxony-Anhalt, see Emden, Saxony-Anhalt.