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Hanseatic City of Stade
View of the historic harbour in Stade
View of the historic harbour in Stade
Coat of arms of Hanseatic City of Stade
Country Germany
State Lower Saxony
District Stade
Mayor Sönke Hartlef (CDU)
Basic statistics
Area 110.03 km2 (42.48 sq mi)
Elevation 9 m  (30 ft)
Population 56,820  (21 September 2006)
 - Density 516 /km2 (1,337 /sq mi)
Other information
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Licence plate STD
Postal codes 21680, 21682–21684
Area codes 04141, 04146

Stade is a city in Lower Saxony, Germany. It is the seat of the district which is named the same as the city . The city was founded in 994 when it was called "Stethu". A city on the banks of the Lower Elbe it became an important market town, and a port. It was given a town charter in 1209. From 1645 to 1712, the Stade was controlled by Sweden, who made it an important military town. On May 26, 1659, the "Great Fire" destroyed more than half the city.

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