Soest (pronounced [zoːst] with strain e; Soest / i?) Is the county town of the same name in Arnsberg in North Rhine-Westphalia. In each about 50 kilometers east of Dortmund and the western city of Paderborn in the fertile Soest about 47,000 inhabitants live today. In addition to the core city of more than 30,000 inhabitants, the rest of the population is distributed to the surrounding neighborhoods.