Industry in Wesel, Germany

Wesel is a city in Germany, North Rhine-Westphalia with about sixty thousand people. There are some different types of industrial companies. One type is the chemical industry which is strongly represented in Wesel with the bigger companies like Altana Chemistry, BYK Chemistry, the LGC Standards and Oxoid. The Altana Chemistry was created in 1977 and has about six thousand five hundred employees now and makes a turnover of more than 2.3 billion euros.

The BYK Chemistry is a big company too and employs worldwide more than two thousand three hundred employers, thereof about nine hundred in Wesel. They make a turnover of more than one billion euros per year, so they are a bit smaller than the Altana Chemistry. Both companies are important for the inhabitants, because they need many of them as employees.

One more company in Wesel of a different type is Geberit, a well-known manufacturer of sanitary ceramics. They have six locations in Germany. They produce their products since more than hundred years currently with three hundred employees at the location in Wesel. The company produce about …

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The population in the different parts of Wesel, Germany

Wesel is a city in the western part of North Rhine-Westphalia in Germany with an area of 122,56 km2.  The city is divided into five city districts: Wesel, Flüren, Obrighoven-Lackhausen, Bislich and Büderich. In Wesel live about 500 people per km2.

All the five districts have different places of residence. The district Wesel has the most places of residence. Their names are Altstadt, Feldmark, Blumenkamp, Fusternberg, Schepersfeld and Lippedorf. Flüren has only one place of residence with the same name Flüren. The district Obrighoven-Lackhausen is divided in the three places of residence named Lackhausen, Obrighoven and Wittenberg. Bislich has four places of residence – Bislich-Land, Bergerfurth, Bislich-Ortskern and Diersfordt. Büderich is divided in three places of residence named Werrich/Perrich, Ginderich and Büderich.

The district Wesel has an area of 26,08 km2 and a population of 38.300 people (1.468,6 people per km2). Flüren is the smallest district with 9,15 km2 but has a population of 4.792 people (523,7 people per km2). The other districts are bigger than Flüren. The district Obrighoven-Lackhausen has an area of 26,79 km2 and a population of …

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Social housing in Germany

Social housing is the state-sponsored construction of housing, especially for social groups that cannot meet their housing needs on the free housing market. In addition to the personal conditions, which the tenants in Germany must prove with the residence permit, there is a cost rent, as stipulated in the German Housing Binding Act.

As the number of available social housing units in Germany has been drastically reduced, other possibilities for an adequate housing situation for people are now additionally being used to ensure that people have adequate housing. The self-organisation of the inhabitants plays an important role, because they may have to take care of an apartment that meets all the requirements and does not exceed the amount of the financial assistance.

The Social Housing Promotion Act regulates housing construction and other measures to support households with rented housing and the creation of owner-occupied housing for households who cannot adequately provide themselves with housing on the market. In addition to the creation of affordable housing, the acquisition of owner-occupied residential property for a wide range of population is also to …

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How to buy a house in Germany

The property prices in Germany depends on the location of the property (for example living environment and view), the features of the land and of the building (for example the size, the number of rooms and the type of the house). About fifty percent of the people who rent an apartment want to buy a house, but the costs for a one or two-family house in Germany are on average two thousand five hundred to three thousand euros per square meter. Many people cannot afford that.

To get a mortgage in Germany they must be at least eighteen years old and have equity of at least twenty percent of the mortgage value. Many legal regulations concerning the purchase of a house can be found in the Civil Code.

People who want a mortgage must submit various documents to the bank to prove their creditworthiness. For example, the bank requires the last three salary statements, the last income tax assessment, current pension information and the proof of further loans. Self-employed persons must provide additional evidence, for example an extract from the …

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Recreation and things to do in Wesel, Germany

If you will be in Wesel, you have many things you can do. The Willibrordi-Cathedral is one of the most beautiful sights in Wesel. The cathedral stands directly on the large market (in German: Großer Markt), where the former old town hall can also be found. The architecture of the buildings is very worth to see. In summer you also can sit at the place in front of the cathedral and eat some ice cream or drink some wine in the evening.

If you walk through the city center, you can find some life-size statues of donkeys. They are since the 19th century the symbol animals of Wesel. Every donkey has other colors and patterns and they are often to find in front of the shops or other buildings. After your way through the city center you will see another important building of Wesel, the “Berliner Tor”. It is like a big gate with some figures over it. It was built around 1720.

One more thing to do is to visit the citadel. The Prussian Museum Wesel in the Citadel …

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Property market and house prices in Wesel, Germany

In Wesel, a city in North Rhine-Westphalia, the prices for a plot of land are currently between ninety and two hundred and forty euros per square meter. For smaller plots of land with a worse location, the prices range from one hundred and fifty to two hundred euros per square meter. Larger plots with a better location cost between two hundred fifty and three hundred fifty euros per square meter. In the last time there was only few changes of the prices for properties in Wesel.

In Wesel itself are only a few plots of land available so that is probably the reason for the price rises of the last years in Wesel and the area around because there are also only few opportunities to get a plot.

The house prices in Wesel currently costs an average 1.850 euro per square meter. Since 2017 the prices increased more than two hundred euros per square meter. The purchase of semi-detached houses costs an average of 317.000 euros and houses for only one family an average of 365.000 euros. The row-end houses …

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Politics in the area of Wesel, Germany

In Germany the politics are very strong organised and precisely regulated, controlled and defined. For everything there is a rule, regulation or fixed procedure which is always regulated in the respective public law. Sometimes there is the possibility to decide something yourself and only if the law is not clearly defined or says that you can act at your own discretion (that is not defined in the law, you have to know the meaning of the expressions to understand what you are allowed to do).The politics in Germany have several levels with different degrees of power. There is always more than one institution that works together and all relations of them are regulated.

If we look at the smallest level, there is the politic of the city. There are different parts which must work together. All of them are included in the local government. The mayor in a city is one of the highest ranking and the head of the administration. He has to do many important decisions. He works closely with the city council, because he can not decide …

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The local government in Wesel, Germany

In Germany every city has its own local government. Their customers are mainly the inhabitants of the respective city. The city administration is divided into several fields of activity. There is no default how to organise or divide the several fields of activity or the different areas. That is the reason why each local government is different from the others. Only a few things are the same, for example the tasks and the inhabitants as costumers, but the organisation inside of the local government is only similar to the others.

The city administration in Wesel is divided into four departments. The heads of the departments together form the administrative board of the city administration. This board is responsible, for example, for the planning of administrative tasks and fundamental decisions on organisation and personnel management.

The first department is headed by the mayoress Ulrike Westkamp and is divided into one specialist area it named city development. This is also divided into five teams with different tasks. There are for example the teams property management, traffic planning and road construction, basic spatial …

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The history of Wesel, a city in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

The history of Wesel begins around 3000-700 before Christ. Tool and cemetery finds in gravel pits point to a population of the area in the Stone Age and Bronze Age.

The first verifiable population on today’s Wesel city area arose after the migration of the peoples and attained its importance presumably at the time of Charlemagne, King of the Franks, that is in the year 800. The name Wesel first appeared in a document dated 1 May 1065. In the book of documents is also a copy of documents from the 8th century in which the name Wesele appears.

At the beginning of the 12th century Wesel was already a transshipment point for goods from the Rhine to the Lippe and vice versa. With the elevation of Wesel in September 1241 by Count Dietrich, Wesel’s guarantee obtained a number of privileges, such as free inheritance, freedom at all sovereign customs posts, sole prosecution before the municipal court and a maximum of one day’s military service. The privileges were expanded until 1277.

While Wesel’s trade in the 13th century was limited …

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The population in the different parts of Wesel, Germany

Wesel is a city in the western part of North Rhine-Westphalia in Germany with an area of 122,56 square kilometers. The city is divided into five city districts: Wesel, Flüren, Obrighoven-Lackhausen, Bislich and Büderich. In Wesel live about 500 people per square kilometer.

All the five districts have different places of residence. The district Wesel has the most places of residence. Their names are Altstadt, Feldmark, Blumenkamp, Fusternberg, Schepersfeld and Lippedorf. Flüren has only one place of residence with the same name Flüren. The district Obrighoven-Lackhausen is divided in the three places of residence named Lackhausen, Obrighoven and Wittenberg. Bislich has four places of residence – Bislich-Land, Bergerfurth, Bislich-Ortskern and Diersfordt. Büderich is divided in three places of residence named Werrich/Perrich, Ginderich and Büderich.

The district Wesel has an area of 26,08 square kilometers and a population of 38.300 people (1.468,6 people per square kilometer). Flüren is the smallest district with 9,15 square kilometers but has a population of 4.792 people (523,7 people per square kilometer). The other districts are bigger than Flüren. The district Obrighoven-Lackhausen has an area of …

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