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View of the old hanse-harbor of Stade
View of the old hanse-harbor of Stade
Coat of arms of Stade
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Country Germany
State Lower Saxony
District Stade
Mayor Silvia Nieber (SPD)
Basic statistics
Area 110.03 km2 (42.48 sq mi)
Elevation 9 m  (30 ft)
Population 56,820  (8 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".[1] 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.[1] From 1645 to 1712, the Stade was controlled by Sweden, who made it an important military town.[1] On May 26, 1659, the "Great Fire" destroyed more than half the city.[1]