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Village (in Germany)
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I. Sociology and Social Ethics

Instead of the term village (Dorf), German statisticians today use the term rural community (Landgemeinde). In a broad sense it denotes communities of up to 5,000 inhabitants, in the narrow sense 2,000. Given the de facto variety of villages, there is no attempt to identify additional defining features. This approach takes into account the fact that rural communities have become attractive as homes for population strata no…

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Daiber, Karl-Fritz, “Village (in Germany)”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 04 July 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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