For other uses, see Spandau (disambiguation).
Borough of Berlin

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Coordinates: 52°33′N 13°12′E / 52.550°N 13.200°E / 52.550; 13.200Coordinates: 52°33′N 13°12′E / 52.550°N 13.200°E / 52.550; 13.200
Country Germany
State Berlin
City Berlin
  Mayor Helmut Kleebank (SPD)
  Total 91.91 km2 (35.49 sq mi)
Population (2012-11-30)
  Total 231,540
  Density 2,500/km2 (6,500/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Vehicle registration B
Website Official homepage

Spandau (pronounced [ˈʃpandaʊ̯]) is the fifth of the twelve boroughs (Bezirke) of Berlin. It is the fourth largest and westernmost borough, situated at the confluence of the Havel and Spree rivers and along the western bank of the Havel, but the least populated.


In the north it borders on the district of Oberhavel, in the west on the district of Havelland and the city of Potsdam in the federal state of Brandenburg. Modern industries include metal working, chemical and electrical factories. Since 1969, BMW manufactures motorcycles only in the motorcycle factory in Spandau.[1] Spandau is famous for its Renaissance citadel. Spandau was the location of the Spandau arsenal until 1919 and the notorious Spandau Prison until the prison was demolished in 1987. The British New Romantic band Spandau Ballet took their name from the Spandau borough in the British sector of former West Berlin.

The borough headquarters occupy Spandau Town Hall, built in 1913.


As of 2010, Spandau had a population of 223,962, of whom 62,000 (27%) had a migration background or were of non-German ethnicity.[2]

Percentage of people with migration background[3]
Germans without migration background/Ethnic Germans 165,000 (73%)
Germans with migration background or foreign citizens 62,000 (27%)
Middle Eastern origin (Turkey, Arab League, Iran etc.) 20,400 (9%)
(non-German) EU-European migration background (esp. Poles, Romanians etc.) 13,600 (6%)
African background/Afro-Germans (Ghana, Nigeria, Kamerun etc.) 7,000 (3%)
Others (East Asians, Russians, Serbs etc.) 20,400 (9%)


Subdivisions of Spandau

Spandau Borough is divided into 9 quarters (Ortsteile):


At the 2016 elections for the parliament of the borough (Bezirksverordnetenversammlung) the following parties were elected:

Notable people

Twin towns

See also


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