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Gelsenkirchen
The Ruhr Music Theatre MiR
The Ruhr Music Theatre MiR
Flag of Gelsenkirchen
Flag
Coat of arms of Gelsenkirchen
Coat of arms
Country Germany
State North Rhine-Westphalia
Admin. region Münster
District Urban district
Elevation
60 m (200 ft)
Population
 (2006-06-30)
 • Total 267,362
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
45801-45899
Dialling codes 0209
Vehicle registration GE
Website www.gelsenkirchen.de

Gelsenkirchen is a city in Germany in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. It is about 63 km (39.1 mi) north of Cologne in the so-called Ruhr Area.

About 269,000 people live there. In the past it was dominated by coal mining and steel industry. The city is famous for its football (soccer) club FC Schalke 04.

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