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Coordinates: 53°51′41″N 9°19′49″E / 53.86139°N 9.33028°E / 53.86139; 9.33028Coordinates: 53°51′41″N 9°19′49″E / 53.86139°N 9.33028°E / 53.86139; 9.33028
Country Germany
State Schleswig-Holstein
District Steinburg
Municipal assoc. Wilstermarsch
  Mayor Elke Göttsche (CDU)
  Total 19.79 km2 (7.64 sq mi)
Population (2015-12-31)[1]
  Total 1,000
  Density 51/km2 (130/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 25576
Dialling codes 04829, 04858
Vehicle registration IZ

Brokdorf is a municipality in the district of Steinburg, in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany.

The planning for a light-water nuclear power reactor at Brokdorf, 45 miles northwest of Hamburg, began in the late 1960s, and concerns about the Brokdorf Nuclear Power Plant proposal became a public issue in November 1973, when several nuclear power reactors were already operating in Germany. During construction in the 1970s and 1980s there were violent protests about Brokdorf by opponents. The largest onsite demonstrations were in November 1976, February 1977, January 1981 and June 1986.[2]

In November 1976, more than 30,000 people demonstrated against the Brokdorf project. These protests led to a construction stop in October 1977, which was formally justified by the lack of a disposal strategy for spent fuel. Brokdorf had become a powerful symbol of the German anti-nuclear movement.[2]

February 1977, 6,500 riot police and 2,000 border guard officers were mobilized from across the Federal Republic of Germany. Altogether, over 1,000 vehicles, including water cannons, armored cars and other, were used by the authorities in Brokdorf. Roadblocks were erected throughout Germany, and people entering through the Danish and Dutch border were questioned as regards their intentions.[3]

When construction was about to resume in February 1981, about 100,000 people demonstrated against the project, confronting a police contingent of more than 10,000. At the time, this was the biggest police operation in West German history. More confrontations and political wrangling followed, but the Brokdorf nuclear power reactor eventually started operation in October 1986.[2]

See also


  1. "Statistikamt Nord – Bevölkerung der Gemeinden in Schleswig-Holstein 4. Quartal 2015] (XLS-file)". Statistisches Amt für Hamburg und Schleswig-Holstein (in German).
  2. 1 2 3 Alexander Glaser (November/December 2012 vol. 68 no. 6). "From Brokdorf to Fukushima: The long journey to nuclear phase-out". Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  3. Gegen den Bau des AKW in Brokdorf accessed 8 November 2008
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