|Coordinates: 53°14′N 08°36′E / 53.233°N 8.600°ECoordinates: 53°14′N 08°36′E / 53.233°N 8.600°E|
|• Mayor||Harald Stehnken (SPD)|
|• Total||132.2 km2 (51.0 sq mi)|
|• Density||160/km2 (410/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)|
It belonged to the Prince-Archbishopric of Bremen. In 1648 the Prince-Archbishopric was transformed into the Duchy of Bremen, which was first ruled in personal union by the Swedish and from 1715 on by the Hanoverian Crown. In 1823 the Duchy was abolished and its territory became part of the Stade Region.
It consists of 12 smaller villages, that form the municipality of Schwanewede, namely Beckedorf, Löhnhorst, Meyenburg, Aschwarden, Neuenkirchen, Brundorf, Eggestedt, Harriersand, Hinnebeck, Leuchtenburg, and Rade.