Bunde (Ostfr. Platt Bunn) is a unified community in the East Frisian district of Leer in Lower Saxony. Bunde is located in Rheiderland, one of the four historic landscapes of the district Empty. It lies at the Dollard, a bay of the North Sea, and is the only East Frisian municipality a land border with the Netherlands. Bunde one of the smaller unit communities of East Friesland. The 7607 inhabitants live on approximately 121 square kilometers, resulting in a very low population density of 62 per square kilometer. Slightly more than half of the population (about 3900) lives in the eponymous main town. Noteworthy is the high share of almost nine percent Dutch. In Wynhamster Kolk is located 2.5 meters below sea level and the lowest points of the Federal Republic. It is an early 19th century reclaimed area that was flooded after the Second Cosmas and Damianflut 1509 from the sea. Large parts of its territory were the sea reclaimed again by application of polders. The community is economically dominated by agriculture and tourism. Since 1998, the church "nationally recognized resort". Manufacturing plays a very minor role. Bunde is a municipality of commuters, especially in the county seat empty. The Dutch residents commute mostly to the neighboring country. Lower Saxony leads collars as basic center. The cultural heritage of the community include the Reformed Church Cross in the main town of the 13th century and the stone house Bunderhee a later extended tower castle from the 14th century and one of the oldest castles in East Friesland. In the polder areas some exceptionally large Gulfhöfe stand.
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