|• Mayor||Reiner Austermann (CDU)|
|• Total||100.86 km2 (38.94 sq mi)|
|Elevation||215 m (705 ft)|
|• Density||410/km2 (1,100/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)|
It was founded in the 12th century by Bernhard II at the crossroad of two merchant routes. Lemgo was a member of the Hanseatic League, a medieval trading association of free cities in several northern European countries such as The Netherlands, Germany and Poland. In Lemgo the Ostwestfalen-Lippe University is situated.
From 1947 until 1993, Lemgo hosted successive infantry battalions of the British Army, the last one being the Royal Irish Regiment.
The battalions were based in Stornoway Barracks, known to the locals as Spiegelberg Kaserne. The base was previously the location of a Displaced persons camp and before that a Wehrmacht artillery unit.
The town supports the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie for regular symphony concerts.
Lemgo is twinned with:
Hörstmar County Primary School in Lemgo has a twin school in Holme on Spalding Moor since 1989.
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