This page concerns the municipality of Hamburg. For the Saxonian state, see Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg.

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Staatenbundeshauptstadt Hamburg
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The Laeiszhof, seat of the government of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg.
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Coat of arms
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Location of the Gemeinde Hamburg within the city-state.
Hamburgische Bürgerschaft Laeiszhof
 - Type Hamburgische Senat
 - First Mayor of Hamburg Johann Ekerthal (Ind.)
 - Total 10.8 km2 (4.2 sq mi)
 - Land 9.6 km2 (3.7 sq mi)
 - Water 1.2 km2 (0.5 sq mi)
Population (2015)
 - Total 34,974
 - Density 3,238/km2 (8,386.4/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+01:00 (UTC+01)

The Staatenbundeshauptstadt Hamburg (English: Confederate Capital City of Hamburg) (hereafter referred to as "Hamburg") is a city and municipality in the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, located in Saxony. It is the capital of the city state it is located in, and also serves as the capital of the Seafaring Confederation. Lying centrally within the city state, the city is situated along the river Elbe.

The municipality and state of Hamburg are two distinct entities, with the official name of the municipality reflects its status as the seat of government of the Seafaring Confederation. Unlike other municipalities in the city state, Hamburg does not have its own municipal council or mayor. Instead, it is directly governed by its representation in the Hamburgische Bürgerschaft and the First Mayor of Hamburg, which in effect form the municipal council and mayor of the municipality for governmental purposes, as other municipalities do not have the right to influence decision-making at the level of the municipality of Hamburg.

Alongside the confederate government buildings, Hamburg also houses the Seafaring Stock Exchange, the Hamburg Financial District, the Elbephilharmonie, and Hamburg Hauptbahnhof.




Hamburg is the only municipality in the city state without its separate municipal government. Instead it is governed directly by the First Mayor of Hamburg, who is also the head of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, i.e. the city state as a whole. For matters of municipal competence, the First Mayor is controlled by the municipality's 11 representatives in the Hamburgische Bürgerschaft, forming the de facto municipal council. Whilst the First Mayor is de jure head of the municipality, responsibility for municipal functions is often relegated to one of the senators, who becomes Senator for the Municipality of Hamburg.

Belonging to the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, inhabitants of the municipality vote for the 21 representatives sent by the state to the Tag der Vereinigter Sächsischer Staaten and for the five representatives sent to the Council of States. For the election of the Members National of the House of Representatives of the Seafaring Confederation, inhabitants belong to the country of Saxony.

Government buildings

Located in Hamburg are the Hamburgischer Bürgerschaft and the House of Representatives of the Seafaring Confederation. In addition to all state ministries of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, Hamburg also houses the Confederate Ministry of General Affairs and the Leaders of the Seafaring Confederation, the Confederate Ministry of the Interior and Intraconfederate Relations, the Confederate Ministry of Economic Affairs, the Confederate Ministry of Finances, the Confederate Ministry of Justice, the Confederate Ministry of Culture, the Supreme Court of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, the Supreme Court of the Seafaring Confederation, and the Federal Ministry of Security of Saxony.