Rhauderfehn is a municipality in the East Frisian district of Leer in Lower Saxony. The administrative center is Westrhauderfehn. With 17,815 inhabitants, it is the fourth largest municipality of the district Empty. These are spread over some 103 square kilometers. Not to Rhauderfehn heard the politically independent municipality Ostrhauderfehn, also in the district of Leer. The name of the village comes from the 1769 founded Fehnsiedlung same name, which is named in the northwest of the municipal area again after the old Geestendorf Rhaude. Besides Rhaude Backemoor and Collinghorst are the oldest districts. Large parts of the municipal area were reclaimed in the 18th and 19th century by Moor colonists. The district Klostermoor however, was only in the course of the Emsland Plan from 1951 fully tapped. Thus Rhauderfehn is the only East Frisian municipality, which was involved in the Emsland plan. Economically Rhauderfehn is dominated by agriculture, tourism and a few industrial companies, including a manufacturer of zippers (Opti). The municipality is an outbound commuter community in marked degree. Rhauderfehn has three medieval churches. Other historic buildings include windmills and a variety of folding bridges over the Fehnkanäle.
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