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Cloppenburg
Coat of arms of Cloppenburg
Coordinates 52°50′52″N 08°02′38″E / 52.84778°N 8.04389°E / 52.84778; 8.04389
Administration
Country Germany
State Lower Saxony
District Cloppenburg
Basic statistics
Area 70.62 km2 (27.27 sq mi)
Elevation 39 m  (128 ft)
Population 31,976  (30 June 2006)
 - Density 453 /km2 (1,173 /sq mi)
Other information
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Licence plate CLP
Postal code 49661
Area code 04471
Website www.cloppenburg.de
Schloss Cloppenburg

Cloppenburg is a town in Lower Saxony, Germany, capital of Cloppenburg District and part of Oldenburg Münsterland.

It lies 38 km south-south-west of Oldenburg in the Weser-Ems region between Bremen and the Dutch border. Cloppenburg is not far from the A1, the major motorway connecting the Ruhr area to Bremen and Hamburg. Another major road is the federal highway B213 being the shortest link from the Netherlands to the A1 and thus to Bremen and Hamburg.

The town is a centre for the largely agricultural region of southern Oldenburg. It is the administrative centre of the district and there are many schools.

However, there is also some industry in town: e.g. Lumberg, (connector systems) and Derby Cycle (bikes).

The town had strong cultural links with St Munchins Parish in Limerick, Ireland from the 1970s to the 1990s. During this period many groups of teens/young adults from both areas visited and were hosted by families from the other area. It was a very successful exchange program fostering some lifelong friendships.

Tourism

Cloppenburg Museum

One of Cloppenburg's main tourist attractions is the Museumsdorf Cloppenburg, a collection of old buildings from the region that were dismantled and reassembled in the museum.

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