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Salzkotten (North Rhine-Westphalia)

Germany is located in Central Europe and it shares borders with Denmark in the North, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg and France in the West, Austria and Switzerland in the South and Poland and the Czech Republic in the East. The North Sea and the Baltic Sea represent additional National Borders in the North. The official language of Germany is German and Berlin is the capital.

Salzkotten is a town in the east of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, located in the district Paderborn. It is a middle-sized town measuring 109.49 square kilometers and has a population of about 24,000 inhabitants. The nearest city to the town is Paderborn with a population of about 120,000 inhabitants. Salzkotten is about 12 kilometers to the south west of Paderborn. In 1975, the town of Salzkotten was merged with nine independent villages Mantinghausen, Niederntudorf, Oberntudorf, Scharmede, and Schwelle.

The economy of Salzkotten today focuses upon metal mining and refinery, machine manufacture, electronics, food production and services. About 40 percent of the population is below the age of 30. The name Salzkotten is based on the former salt production, which gave Salzkotten its raison. Salt was found in the salty rivers around the town. Salzkotten was founded in 1247, but existing documents indicate that salt production was already occurring in 1160. Before the town's foundation, there were number of farms and villages, which were broken down and rebuilt within the new town walls.

The town has three significant annual celebrations the salt festival, the fair featuring shooting matches and the Hederauenfest. The Schutzenfest itself is an event that takes place in many towns and cities across the state. Salzkotten is at the border between the flat park landscape of the Munsterland in the north, the Soester Borde in the west and the dry rocky mountains with many forests in the south. It is full of small fountains and rivers bringing water from the mountains to the Rhine.

Salzkotten, justifiably so, enjoys a very positive reputation with worldwide travelers, and is one of the most visited place. It is also said the place of best geographical environment and can trace its origins back to prehistoric times.

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