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Solingen

(zō`lĭng-ən), city (1994 pop. 166,064), North Rhine–Westphalia, W Germany, on the Wupper River opposite Remscheid. It is a major center of the German cutlery industry. Solingen steel, used in making knives, scissors, razors, and surgical instruments, is world famous for its excellence. Solingen was chartered in 1374 and has been known for its fine blades since the Middle Ages. It belonged to the duchy of Berg until 1600 and passed to Prussia in 1815.
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Solingen

 

a city in the Federal Republic of Germany, in Nordrhein-Westfalen. It is located in the Bergisches Land, in the narrow valley of the Wupper River. Population, 175,900 (1970). As of 1965, 37,900 people were employed in industry. The city is a railroad junction and is one of the metalworking centers of the Ruhr. It has long been known (since the 15th century) for its specialized production of metal articles (various types of side arms, knives, scissors, razors, and cutting and medical instruments); other branches of industry include motor construction, machine-tool construction, chemicals, cotton, and leather. Solingen has specialized metalworking technical schools and a museum of side arms. Solingen was first mentioned as a city in 1424.

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Solingen

a city in W Germany, in North Rhine-Westphalia: a major European centre of the cutlery industry. Pop.: 164 543 (2003 est.)
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