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View of the old harbor of Stade in .
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View of the old harbor of Stade in 1987.

Stade is a city in Lower Saxony, Germany, and is the seat of the district named after it. It was founded in 994. As of 2001, it had a population of 45,152.

In medieval times, Stade was a prominent member of the Hanseatic League, but was later eclipsed by Hamburg. Stade was also occupied by Sweden for some time, with some of the buildings by the Swedes still being in use today.

In the past decades, it has benefited greatly from the presence of chemical and aerospace industry at the Elbe river, such as Dow Chemical and Deutsche Airbus.

There is also a nuclear power plant at the Elbe river, which was connected to the power grid in 1972, making it Germany's second oldest reactor. Following Germany's 2002 decision to phase out nuclear power generation, Stade was the first German plant to be affected, closing down permanently on November 14, 2003. The process of dismantling the facility is supposed to be completed by 2015.

Close to the nuclear plant there is an inactive oil-fired power station, the Powerstation Schilling.

Near Stade there are the giantic pylons of Elbe crossing 1 and Elbe crossing 2. The pylons of Elbe Crossing 2 are the tallest in the world.

In 2007, a metropolitan rail line (S-Bahn) will be extended from Hamburg to Stade. Trains departing Stade every 20 minutes will reach central Hamburg in less than an hour. The new transit connection can be expected to increase the city's attractiveness for commuters as well as businesses.de:Stade nds:Stood sv:Stade

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