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Coat of arms of Selm
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Selm   is located in Germany
Location of Selm within Unna district
Unna (district)North Rhine-WestphaliaEnnepe-Ruhr-KreisHagenDortmundRecklinghausen (district)Coesfeld (district)Warendorf (district)HammSoest (district)HochsauerlandkreisMärkischer KreisSchwerteHolzwickedeFröndenbergUnnaLünenBergkamenKamenBönenWerneSelmSelm in UN.svg
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Coordinates: 51°41′N 7°29′E / 51.683°N 7.483°E / 51.683; 7.483Coordinates: 51°41′N 7°29′E / 51.683°N 7.483°E / 51.683; 7.483
Country Germany
State North Rhine-Westphalia
Admin. region Arnsberg
District Unna
 • Mayor Mario Loehr (SPD)
 • Total 60.34 km2 (23.30 sq mi)
Elevation 111 m (364 ft)
Population (2016-12-31)[1]
 • Total 25,714
 • Density 430/km2 (1,100/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 59379
Dialling codes 02592, 02306
Vehicle registration UN

Selm is a town in the district of Unna, in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is situated approximately 20 kilometers north of Dortmund and 25 kilometers west of Hamm.


The town belongs to the southern part of the Münsterland. It is surrounded by (beginning in the west) Olfen, Lüdinghausen, Nordkirchen (all in the district of Coesfeld), Werne, Lünen (both in the district of Unna), Waltrop, and Datteln (both belonging to the district of Recklinghausen).


The first traces of living people in the area date from the younger half of the Stone age.

In 858 it was mentioned as Seliheim in the Dreingau.

In the early Middle Ages Selm was ruled by the count of Cappenberg, then by the bishop of Münster. In the beginning of the 19th century it was transferred to Prussia, to which it remained, as part of the province of Westphalia, until 1946.

In 1906 the coal mine Zeche Hermann was established, transferring coal from 1,200 m under underground. The coal miners and their families lived in the Beifang quarter, which had in the origin a very rural landscape. The number of inhabitants increased from 2,000 to 10,000 in only one year, with c. 3,500 coal miners working at the plant. In 1926 the coal mine was closed.

After World War II numerous inhabitants from Beifang found work in Lünen, in a coal mine called Zeche Minister Achenbach. They were brought to that coal mine by buses. After 1965 when the houses in Beifang were sold a lot of people from the south came to Selm to live there.

In 1975 Bork, a village in the southern neighbourhood, was annexed to a part of Selm, which obtained city status in 1977.

Selm is twinned with Workington in the United Kingdom.

Historical population[edit]

The number of inhabitants shown here are from 31 December in the given year.

Year Inhabitants
1998 26,842
1999 26,967
2000 27,240
2001 27,389
2002 27,448
2003 27,490
2004 27,496
2005 27,472


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