Coat of arms of Brokdorf
Location of Brokdorf within Steinburg district
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Brokdorf is located in Germany
Brokdorf is located in Schleswig-Holstein
Coordinates: 53°51′41″N 9°19′49″E / 53.86139°N 9.33028°E / 53.86139; 9.33028Coordinates: 53°51′41″N 9°19′49″E / 53.86139°N 9.33028°E / 53.86139; 9.33028
Municipal assoc.Wilstermarsch
 • MayorElke Göttsche (CDU)
 • Total19.79 km2 (7.64 sq mi)
1 m (3 ft)
 • Total981
 • Density50/km2 (130/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Postal codes
Dialling codes04829, 04858
Vehicle registrationIZ

Brokdorf is a municipality in the district of Steinburg, in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. It is located on the bank of the Elbe river, approx. 20 km east before the river flows into the North Sea. As of December 2019, the total population of Brokdorf was 965 residents.


Nuclear reactor project

The planning for a light-water nuclear power reactor at Brokdorf, 45 miles northwest of Hamburg, began in the late 1960s, and concerns about the Brokdorf Nuclear Power Plant proposal became a public issue in November 1973, when several nuclear power reactors were already operating in Germany. During construction in the 1970s and 1980s there were violent protests about Brokdorf by opponents. The largest onsite demonstrations were in November 1976, February 1977, January 1981 and June 1986.[2]

In November 1976, more than 30,000 people demonstrated against the Brokdorf project. These protests led to a construction stop in October 1977, which was formally justified by the lack of a disposal strategy for spent fuel. Brokdorf had become a powerful symbol of the German anti-nuclear movement.[2]

February 1977, 6,500 riot police and 2,000 border guard officers were mobilized from across the Federal Republic of Germany. Altogether, over 1,000 vehicles, including water cannons, armored cars and other, were used by the authorities in Brokdorf. Roadblocks were erected throughout Germany, and people entering through the Danish and Dutch border were questioned in regards to their intentions.[3]

When construction was about to resume in February 1981, about 100,000 people demonstrated against the project, confronting a police contingent of more than 10,000. At the time, this was the biggest police operation in West German history. More confrontations and political wrangling followed, but the Brokdorf nuclear power reactor eventually started operation in October 1986.[2]

See also


  1. ^ "Statistikamt Nord – Bevölkerung der Gemeinden in Schleswig-Holstein 4. Quartal 2020 (XLS-file)". Statistisches Amt für Hamburg und Schleswig-Holstein (in German).
  2. ^ a b c Alexander Glaser (November–December 2012). "From Brokdorf to Fukushima: The long journey to nuclear phase-out". Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. 68 (6): 10. Bibcode:2012BuAtS..68f..10G. doi:10.1177/0096340212464357. S2CID 145511308.
  3. ^ Gegen den Bau des AKW in Brokdorf accessed 8 November 2008