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The Ruhr Music Theatre MiR
The Ruhr Music Theatre MiR
Coat of arms of Gelsenkirchen
Gelsenkirchen is located in Germany
Coordinates 51°31′0″N 07°06′0″E / 51.516667°N 7.1°E / 51.516667; 7.1
Country Germany
State North Rhine-Westphalia
Admin. region Münster
District Urban district
Lord Mayor Frank Baranowski (SPD)
Basic statistics
Area 104.84 km2 (40.48 sq mi)
Elevation 60 m  (197 ft)
Population  267,362  (30 June 2006)[1]
 - Density 2,550 /km2 (6,605 /sq mi)
Other information
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Licence plate GE
Postal codes 45801-45899
Area code 0209

Gelsenkirchen is a city in Germany in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. It is about 63 km (39.1 mi) north of Cologne in the so called Ruhr Area.

About 269,000 people live there. In the past it was dominated by coal mining and steel industry. The city is famous for its football (soccer) club FC Schalke 04.

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