Halver is a town in Germany.

Halver town hall in 2008
Halver town hall in 2008
Coat of arms of Halver
Location of Halver within Märkischer Kreis district
Märkischer KreisNorth Rhine-WestphaliaOberbergischer KreisEnnepe-Ruhr-KreisHagenDortmundUnna (district)Soest (district)HochsauerlandkreisOlpe (district)AltenaMeinerzhagenNeuenradeKierspeHalverHerscheidMendenNachrodt-WiblingwerdePlettenbergSchalksmühleHemerLüdenscheidIserlohnBalveWerdohlHalver in MK.svg
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Halver is located in Germany
Halver is located in North Rhine-Westphalia
Coordinates: 51°11′N 07°28′E / 51.183°N 7.467°E / 51.183; 7.467Coordinates: 51°11′N 07°28′E / 51.183°N 7.467°E / 51.183; 7.467
StateNorth Rhine-Westphalia
Admin. regionArnsberg
DistrictMärkischer Kreis
 • Mayor (2020–25) Michael Brosch[1] (SPD)
 • Total77.37 km2 (29.87 sq mi)
440 m (1,440 ft)
 • Total16,108
 • Density210/km2 (540/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Postal codes
Dialling codes02353
Vehicle registrationMK


Around 950 the Oberhof Halvara was first mentioned in the Werdener Probsteiregister. For more than 500 years Halver was the seat of a Fehmic court, the earliest definite evidence of which is in 1243; it ceased to exist in 1753. This court was most famous because of the trial of duke Henry XVI the Rich of Bavaria-Landshut and the knight of Toerring on May 2, 1430.

With effect from October 1, 1912 the municipality Halver was split, Schalksmühle becoming an independent municipality. Both were administered together in the Amt Halver. As part of the communal reforms of the district of Altena the Amt was dissolved on January 1, 1969, and Halver was granted city rights.

Nicolai church
Kerspetalsperre (Dam)

Coat of armsEdit

The red and white checked base refers to the fess from the arms of the Counts of the Mark. The stone judgement table under a linden tree represents the Feme court. It was designed by Otto Hupp, and was granted on March 29, 1935.

The Amt Halver had a separate coat of arms, which was also designed by Otto Hupp. It combined elements from the two member municipalities Halver and Schalksmühle: in the upper part is a linden branch symbolizing Halver, in the bottom the upper half of a black mill wheel as the symbol of Schalksmühle. Separating the two is the red and white checked fess, as above. The coat of arms was granted on June 8, 1936, and expired with the dissolving of the Amt in 1969.

Number of inhabitantsEdit

Municipality Halver

  • 1915: 6.476
  • 1925: 7.729
  • 1935: 8.122
  • 1939: 8.772
  • 1946: 12.045
  • 1961: 13.684
  • 1968: 15.713

Town Halver

  • 1969: 16.254
  • 1978: 16.176
  • 1988: 15.399
  • 1995: 16.983
  • 1999: 17.876
  • 2003: 18.111
  • 2006: 17.776
  • 2008: 17.465
  • 2010: 17.159
  • 2012: 16.300
  • 2014: 16.677[3]


At the election in 2015, Michael Brosch (SPD) became the new mayor in Halver, he won against his predecessor Dr. Bernd Eicker.

International relationsEdit

The town twinning with the Swedish city Katrineholm originated from the connection between a music group from Halver and a traditional dancing group from Katrineholm. It was officially signed on September 30, 1963.

On April 25, 1975 the twinning agreement with the French city Hautmont was signed. There has also been a city friendship with Pardess-Hanna in Israel since 1989.

Sons and daughters of the townEdit

  • Eugen Schmalenbach (1873-1955), economist, the local commercial vocational school was named after him


  1. ^ [1], Stadt Halver, accessed 8 September 2021.
  2. ^ "Bevölkerung der Gemeinden Nordrhein-Westfalens am 31. Dezember 2020" (in German). Landesbetrieb Information und Technik NRW. Retrieved 21 June 2021.
  3. ^ "Zahlen & Statistik". halver.de (in German). Retrieved 2015-12-07.

External linksEdit

  • http://www.halver.de