The district is a district Barnim in Brandenburg. It is named after the Pleistocene ridge Barnim between the Eberswalde and the Berlin glacial valley.

  • 8.1 Energy Strategy - zero emissions
  • 8.2 Climate-friendly building
  • 8.3 develop environmental awareness


The county is bordered on the north by the Barnim district Uckermark, on the west by the rural district of Upper Havel, on the south by the State of Berlin and the Mark- county or country. In the East German border forms to Poland ( West Pomeranian Voivodeship ) the county boundary.

While the southern portion of the circle lies on the Barnim plateau, the county town and its environs are in the Eberswalde glacial valley. The northern part of the district is part of the natural area already to the hill country of Uckermark. In the eastern corner has a small part of the district to the valley of the lower Oder.

Of the total 46.3 percent are forests and around five per cent of water.


Made of the county was by the Brandenburg district reform on 5 December 1993 the former Eberswalde circles (without the community Bölkendorf ) and Bernau and the communities Hohensaaten and Tiefensee from the former district of Bad Freiwalde.

On 1 January 2009 the municipality Hohensaaten changed as the district of Bad Freienwalde (Oder) in the county of Mark- or country.


This table shows the development of the population of the district Barnim (population 1990 of 3 October, from 1991, each December 31 of the year ). All information provided is relevant Territorial ( 1990-1992: area December 6, 1993 ). Population development in the current territorial status and forecasts

Forecast of population development

Forecast age structure

Politics and Administration


  • Since 1994: Bodo Ihrke (SPD )


The council is led by a chairman and convened at least once every three months. He has eight specialized committees, which are responsible for the substantive preparation of decisions. The committees are: (1 ) District Committee ( 2) budget and finance, ( 3) audit, (4) territorial planning, construction and housing, commerce and industry, ( 5) agriculture, environmental protection and waste management, (6 ) Health, the Elderly and Social (7) Education and Culture, and ( 8) Youth Services.

Administrative units

The Brandenburg Soil Conservation Office, the Lower Water Authority and the Lower Waste Management Authority have their headquarters in the county and are commissioned by the State Ministry of the Environment of contact for all questions and requests for water, forest and grassland in the region. Also in Eberswalde is a branch of the Brandenburg Landeshauptarchiv.

Coat of arms

The coat of arms was approved on 17 October 1995.

Blazon: " square of silver and red; above a growing, golden eagle reinforced in confused colors with golden clover stems on the wings. "

The coat of arms of the offices, cities and towns of the county are included in the list of the coat of arms in the Barnim district.


The economy of the district consists of the main pillars of agriculture, manufacturing industry, including handicrafts, tourism and services as well as energy and health. In agriculture, there were by the end of 2005 a total of 6668 companies of various size. The business location Eberswalde is one of 15 regional growth areas in the state of Brandenburg. This selected advanced manufacturing industries are encouraged.

Cities and Towns

(In brackets: number of inhabitants on 31 December 2012 )

The most populous city is the county seat Eberswalde with more than 40,000 inhabitants, followed by Bernau. Throughout the county there are 25 large municipalities, three offices, three office -level cities and four official free communities.

Official Free communities

Offices and associated communities ( The seat of the Office Administration * )

1 Biesenthal - Barnim ( 11,795 )

2 Britz -Chorin - Or Berg ( 10,170 )

3 Joachimsthal ( Schorfheide ) ( 5430 )


Through the Barnim the motorways A 10 run (Berliner Ring) and A 11 from Berlin to Szczecin. Five main roads open up the area (B 2, B 109, B 158, B 167, B 273) along with numerous county roads. A railway line from Berlin to Eberswalde, Angermuende to Stralsund or Stettin, together with the Wriezener train, the Heidekrautbahn and some regional bus companies, the backbone of public transport. For freight transport, the rail connection also plays a significant role as the running east -west waterway Oder- Havel Canal.


Energy strategy - zero emissions

Since August 2008, the district of Barnim operates on the basis of a council decision in the implementation of zero-emission strategy. It is the aim to meet the climate protection requirements of EU and waistband already ahead of schedule in 2011. The pilot project is funded under the Climate Initiative of the Federal Government.

The goal of providing 14 percent of the heat demand from renewable sources by 2011 was met in late 2008 to half. The saving of harmful CO2 emissions by 20 percent by 2011 compared to 1990 is already moved to 17 percent ( 2008) within reach. As required by the Energy Strategy increase the current share of renewable energy to 30 per cent has already been exceeded with 44 percent.

Together with a wide variety of partners from industry, local authorities, academia and with the citizens revitalize numerous projects the energy strategy of the district.

Climate friendly construction

The administration of the district Barnim is based in the Paul Wunderlich House, the most energy efficient building in Germany. In 2008 it was awarded the gold seal of the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB ). The experience in the construction of the administration building led to the development of guidelines for sustainable construction and building renovation, which applies in the district of Barnim as tender basis for all Bauansinnen. It depends on the DGNB criteria. The power for all -district property has already been converted to green electricity in early 2009.

Develop environmental awareness

Another milestone in the implementation of the zero-emission strategy is the development of school project modules called " commitment to renewable energy, climate and environmental protection on the Barnim schools ", which can be flexibly integrated into teaching the topics mentioned.

In addition to numerous renewable energy systems ( solar, biogas, biomass plants ) that have arisen in the district of Barnim, a Barnim village developed for energy village: Brodowin will completely change in the next few years its energy supplies to renewable energies and set himself with electrical and thermal energy supply.

Also in the field of electric mobility, the county goes first steps. After the inauguration of a publicly accessible charging station the circle own fleet has been expanded to an electric vehicle.