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Forst (Lausitz)
Watertower in Forst
Watertower in Forst
Coat of arms of Forst (Lausitz)
Forst (Lausitz) is located in Germany
Forst (Lausitz)
Coordinates 51°44′0″N 14°38′0″E / 51.733333°N 14.633333°E / 51.733333; 14.633333
Country Germany
State Brandenburg
District Spree-Neiße
Mayor Jürgen Goldschmidt (FDP)
Basic statistics
Area 109.91 km2 (42.44 sq mi)
Elevation 72 m  (236 ft)
Population 21,304  (31 December 2008)
 - Density 194 /km2 (502 /sq mi)
Other information
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Licence plate SPN
Postal codes 03141–03149
Area code 03562
Location of the town of Forst (Lausitz) within Spree-Neiße district

Forst (Sorbian: Baršć) is a town in Brandenburg, Germany. It lies east of Cottbus, on the German-Polish border. It is the capital of the Spree-Neiße district. It is known for its rose garden and textile museum. The town's population is 21,304. [1]

Part of the region of Lausitz, Forst was awarded to the Kingdom of Prussia in the 1815 Congress of Vienna. The town was subsequently administered within the Province of Brandenburg. After World War II it became part of the German Democratic Republic.

Forst has experienced severe problems as a result of the 1990 German reunification, most notably from extreme unemployment. In the past, the town was known for textile manufacturing, but all of the textile plants and factories have closed down in recent years.



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