Brexit will shift the EU’s new centre to a German village of 80

Brexit will shift the EU's new centre to a German village of 80
A path leads to a round paved area in a field near Gadheim. The structure marks the new geographic center of the European Union after Britain's exit from the EU. Photo Credit: DPA
When Britain leaves the European Union at midnight on January 31st, a field in a tiny village will be the new geographic centre of the EU.

On Brexit day, the 80-person village of Gadheim near Würzburg in Bavaria will be the new geographic centre of the EU.

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Nine degrees, 54 minutes, seven seconds east longitude and 49 degrees, 50 minutes, 35 seconds north latitude – these are the coordinates for the position on a field in the southern German region of Lower Franconia, according to calculations by the National Geographical Institute of France (IGN).

The location of Gadheim in the district of Veitshöchheim near Würzberg, is shown on this Google Maps screenshot. 

In Gadheim, a district of the municipality of Veitshöchheim, the excitement has already waned. The three flags of Veitshöchheim, Germany and the European Union have long been waving on their flagpoles – after all, the British have been pushing Brexit for years now.

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But with the official exit British from the EU in the night before February 1st, the geographical centre of the EU will shift while remaining in Lower Franconia.

The current center of the EU is located in Westerngrund near Aschaffenburg, also in Bavaria.

The ING calculates the centre based on the EU borders. To do this, it determines the so-called centre of gravity.

To imagine this, picture the contours of all EU countries transferred to a flat plane, sawed out and hung on a string. This plane would be perfectly balanced when the string is attached to the calculated centre.


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