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Viersen (fērˈzən) [key], city (1994 pop. 77,224), North Rhine–Westphalia, W Germany. It is a textile-manufacturing center; other products include machinery, leather goods, and processed food. Viersen passed to Prussia in 1713 and was chartered in 1856.

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