Peace of Westphalia

The Peace of Westphalia refers to the pair of treaties, the Treaty of Osnabrück and the Treaty of Münster, signed on May 15 and October 24 of 1648, which ended both the Thirty Years' War and the Eighty Years' War. The treaties involved the Holy Roman Emperor, Ferdinand III Habsburg, the other German princes, Spain, France, Sweden and representatives of the Dutch Republic. The Treaty of the Pyrenees, signed in 1659, ending the war between France and Spain, is also often considered part of the overall accord.


The peace negotiations were held in the cities of Münster and Osnabrück, which lie about 50 km apart from each other, in the present day German states of North Rhine-Westphalia and Lower Saxony. Sweden had favoured Osnabrück due to its Protestant background, France chose Münster due to its Catholic background. In any case two locations were required because Protestant and Catholic leaders refused to meet each other. The Catholics used Münster, while the Protestants used Osnabrück.

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العربية: صلح وستفاليا
aragonés: Paz de Westfalia
asturianu: Paz de Westfalia
azərbaycanca: Vestfaliya sülhü
беларуская: Вестфальскі мір
Esperanto: Vestfalia Paco
hrvatski: Westfalski mir
Bahasa Indonesia: Perdamaian Westfalen
Lëtzebuergesch: Westfälesche Fridden
македонски: Вестфалски мир
Bahasa Melayu: Perdamaian Westfalen
norsk nynorsk: Freden i Westfalen
português: Paz de Vestfália
русиньскый: Вестфалскый мир
slovenčina: Vestfálsky mier
slovenščina: Vestfalski mir
српски / srpski: Вестфалски мир
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Westfalski mir
татарча/tatarça: Westfaliä solıxı
українська: Вестфальський мир
Tiếng Việt: Hòa ước Westfalen