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Salzgitter
Coat of arms of Salzgitter
Coordinates 52°09′0″N 10°20′0″E / 52.15°N 10.333333°E / 52.15; 10.333333
Administration
Country Germany
State Lower Saxony
District Urban district
City subdivisions 7 Towns
with 31 quarters
Basic statistics
Area 223.96 km2 (86.47 sq mi)
Elevation 80-275 m
Population 106,077  (15 December 2006)
 - Density 474 /km2 (1,227 /sq mi)
Other information
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Licence plate SZ
Postal codes 38226, 38228, 38229,
38239, 38259
Area code 05341
Website www.salzgitter.de

Salzgitter is an independent city in southeast Lower Saxony, Germany, located between Hildesheim and Braunschweig. Together with Wolfsburg and Braunschweig, Salzgitter is one of the seven Oberzentren of Lower Saxony (roughly equivalent to a metropolitan area). With 101,079 inhabitants and 223.92 square kilometres (86.46 sq mi) (as of 31 December 2015), its area is the largest in Lower Saxony and one of the largest in Germany. Salzgitter originated as a conglomeration of several small towns and villages, and is today made up of 31 boroughs, which are relatively compact conurbations with wide stretches of open country between them. The main shopping street of the young city is in the borough of Lebenstedt, and the central business district is in the borough of Salzgitter-Bad. The city is connected to the Mittellandkanal and the Elbe Lateral Canal by a distributary. The nearest metropolises are Braunschweig, about 23 kilometres (14 miles) to the northeast, and Hanover, about 51 km (32 miles) to the northwest. The population of the City of Salzgitter has exceeded 100,000 inhabitants since its foundation in 1942 (which made it a city (Großstadt) in contrast to a town (Stadt) by the German definition), when it was still called Watenstedt-Salzgitter. Beside Wolfsburg, Leverkusen and Eisenhüttenstadt, Salzgitter is therefore one of the few cities in Germany founded during the 20th century.

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