Ahlem has been twinned with Petit- Couronne since 1967, and although not officially twinned with Beccles, is considered to be a partner or sister town. Every year a small number from each of the 3 towns meet at the end of the year to take part in a special event .
The former independent municipality of Ahlem is now a part of Hanover, capital of Lower Saxony in the Federal Republic of Germany. It lies 15 minutes south east of the city centre, neighbouring the Hanover suburbs of Badenstedt and Davenstedt. It is bordered by fields and the forest „Ahlemer Holz“, crossed by the River Leine, and has a population of approximately 9,500 inhabitants.
In 1974 Ahlem was incorporated in Hanover.
It is now a lively neighbourhood in the borough of Ahlem-Badenstedt-Davenstedt, one of altogether thirteen boroughs of the capital of Lower Saxony. A functioning system of local public transport is available.
There are many clubs with a wide cultural offer, sufficient kindergartens and schools, a Lutheran and a Roman Catholic church, also a Buddhist temple.
The oldest clubs are a choral society with several choirs for children and adults ( 1873 ), a rifle club ( 1896 ), the volunteer fire department ( 1902 ) and a sports club ( 1905 ).
Almost 26 percent of the population are immigrants, particularly from eastern Europe and the Middle East. The unemployment figures are average.
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