Berlin's 2001 administrative reform

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Berlin is subdivided into 12 boroughs (Bezirke in German), which are administrative units with political rights comparable to incorporated communities in the rest of Germany (although they are not separate legal entities from the city).

Effective January 1, 2001, the Berlin borough reform reduced the number of Berlin's boroughs from 23 to 12 in order to cut down administrative costs. This was achieved by combining several of the old boroughs.

See also this list of all current boroughs and their component parts.

In detail, the old and the new boroughs relate as follows:

  New borough name Old borough names Area in km² Population
I Mitte Mitte, Tiergarten, Wedding 39.74 322,932
II Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg Friedrichshain, Kreuzberg 20.16 261,266
III Pankow Prenzlauer Berg, Weißensee, Pankow 103.07 353,629
IV Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf Charlottenburg, Wilmersdorf 64.72 315,479
V Spandau Spandau (unchanged) 91.91 225,283
VI Steglitz-Zehlendorf Steglitz, Zehlendorf 102.50 288,928
VII Tempelhof-Schöneberg Tempelhof, Schöneberg 53.09 333,601
VIII Neukölln Neukölln (unchanged) 44.93 305,915
IX Treptow-Köpenick Treptow, Köpenick 168.43 235,313
X Marzahn-Hellersdorf Marzahn, Hellersdorf 61.74 250,794
XI Lichtenberg Lichtenberg, Hohenschönhausen 52.29 258,773
XII Reinickendorf Reinickendorf (unchanged) 89.45 244,618

(all data as of 10/2005) For further information see: Berlin * [1]