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A city of northwest Germany on an inlet of the North Sea. It was a major naval base during World Wars I and II and is now a port, industrial center, and resort with a new naval base rebuilt after 1956.


(German vɪlhɛlmsˈhaːfən)
(Placename) a port and resort in NW Germany, in Lower Saxony: founded in 1853; was the chief German North Sea naval base until 1945; a major oil port. Pop: 84 586 (2003 est)


(ˈvɪl hɛlmsˌhɑ fən)

a seaport in NW Germany, NW of Bremen, on the North Sea. 95,570.
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A ground breaking ceremony for the Nordfrost Seaport Terminal at the JadeWeserPort in Wilhelmshaven, Germany, took place recently with much fanfare.
Wal-Mart Germany md Dr Kay Hafner said the company would close a store in Ingolstadt and merge two stores in Wilhelmshaven into one.
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