Salzgitter is a city in the northern Harz region, in the southeast of Lower Saxony. The independent city is the seat of Salzgitter AG and forms with the cities of Braunschweig and Wolfsburg one of the nine regional centers of the country. It is part of the Hannover-Braunschweig-Göttingen-Wolfsburg. Salzgitter is in its current form since 1942 and was one of the few new towns founded in Germany in the first half of the 20th century. The city is connected by a branch canal to the Mittelland Canal. The next big cities are the northeast bordering the urban area city of Braunschweig and 50 km away, to the northwest town in Hanover. Salzgitter was in 1942 the first big city but had, on 31 December 2012 deadline, according to European 2011 census only 98,095 inhabitants and became a medium-sized town. September 30, 2015, the city passed with an official population of 100,365 again the threshold of the big city.
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