|Admin. region||Lower Franconia|
|Area||5.64 km2 (2.18 sq mi)|
|Elevation||400 m (1312 ft)|
|Population||1,040 (31 December 2011)|
|- Density||184 /km2 (478 /sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)|
Wiesen is a community in the Aschaffenburg district in the Regierungsbezirk of Lower Franconia (Unterfranken) in Bavaria, Germany and a member of the Verwaltungsgemeinschaft (Administrative Community) of Schöllkrippen.
The community lies in the Bavarian Lower Main (Bayerischer Untermain) and has one Gemarkung (traditional rural cadastral area), also named Wiesen.
The former Electoral Mainz Amt was secularized at Prince Primate von Dalberg’s behest in 1803 and made part of his newly formed Principality of Aschaffenburg, with which the Amt passed in 1814 (by this time it had become a department of the Grand Duchy of Frankfurt) to Bavaria. In the course of administrative reform in Bavaria, the current community came into being with the Gemeindeedikt (“Municipal Edict”) of 1818.
Within community limits in 1970, 1,053 inhabitants were counted, in 1987 1,050 and in 2000 1,152.
The council is made up of 13 council members, counting the part-time mayor.
(as at municipal election held on 3 March 2002)
The mayor is Gerhard Büdel (Dorfgemeinschaft).
Coat of arms
The community’s arms might be described thus: Gules in base a demi-wheel spoked of six argent, the rim to base, above which a stag’s attires Or reaching into chief, between them a scallop shell of the second, the hinge towards chief.
The community of Wiesen historically belonged to the Counts of Rieneck until they died out in 1559, whereupon it passed to the Archbishopric of Mainz, which built a hunting castle here in the Spessart. In the arms, the hart’s antlers and the half Wheel of Mainz recall the Electoral state to which the community belonged. The scallop is a symbol of Saint James. It refers to the parish church, which is consecrated to him. The tinctures gules and Or (red and gold) recall the Counts of Rieneck. They were closely associated with the community.
The community has borne the arms since 22 July 1985.
Economy and infrastructure
Municipal tax revenue amounted in 1999 to €588,000 (converted), of which net business taxes accounted for €172,000.
According to official statistics, there were 129 workers on the social welfare contribution rolls working in producing businesses in 1998. In trade and transport this was 0. In other areas, 16 workers on the social welfare contribution rolls were employed, and 428 such workers worked from home. Four businesses were in processing. Three businesses were in construction, and furthermore, in 1999, there were 5 agricultural operations with a working area of 187 ha, of which 186 ha was meadowland.
As of 1999 the following institutions existed in Wiesen:
- Kindergartens: 50 places with 45 children
- "Fortschreibung des Bevölkerungsstandes". Bayerisches Landesamt für Statistik und Datenverarbeitung (in German). 31 December 2011.
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- This article incorporates information from the German Wikipedia.