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Kiel (German pronunciation: [ˈkiːl] ( listen)) is the caipital an maist populous ceety in the northren German state o Schleswig-Holstein, wi a population o ower 237,000 (2009).

Aerial view o the ceety centre
Aerial view o the ceety centre
Coat o airms o Kiel
Coat o airms
Kiel is locatit in Germany
Coordinates: 54°19′31″N 10°8′26″E / 54.32528°N 10.14056°E / 54.32528; 10.14056Coordinates: 54°19′31″N 10°8′26″E / 54.32528°N 10.14056°E / 54.32528; 10.14056
Kintra Germany
State Schleswig-Holstein
Destrict Urban destrict
Subdivisions 18 destricts
 • Laird Mayor Ulf Kämpfer [1] (SPD)
 • Governing parties SPD / Greens
 • Total 118.6 km2 (45.8 sq mi)
Elevation 5 m (16 ft)
Population (2015-12-31)[2]
 • Tot 246,306
 • Density 2,100/km2 (5,400/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 24103–24159
Diallin codes 0431
Vehicle registration KI

Kiel is approximately 90 kilometres (56 mi) north o Hamburg. Due tae its geographic location in the north o Germany, the sootheast o the Jutland peninsula, an the soothwastren shore o the Baltic Sea, Kiel haes become ane o the major maritime centres o Germany. For instance, the ceety is kent for a variety o internaitional sailin events, includin the annual Kiel Week, which is the biggest sailin event in the warld. The Olympic sailin competitions o the 1936 an the 1972 Simmer Olympics wur held in Kiel.[3]

Kiel haes an aa been ane o the traditional hames o the German Navy's Baltic fleet, an continues tae be a major heich-tech shipbiggin centre. Kiel is an important sea transport hub, thanks tae its location at the Kiel Fjord (Kieler Förde) an the busiest artificial waterway in the warld, Kiel Canal (Nord-Ostsee-Kanal). A nummer o passenger ferries tae Swaden, Norrowey an ither kintras operate frae here. Moreower, the day Kiel harbour is an important port o caw for cruise ships tourin the Baltic Sea.

In 2005 Kiel's GDP per capita wis 35,618, well abuin Germany's naitional average, an 159% o the European Union's average.[4]

Athin Germany an pairts o Europe, the ceety is kent for its leadin handbaw team, THW Kiel. The ceety is hame tae the University o Kiel (established in 1665).

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Kiel is twinned wi:[5]