Leer (district)

Leer is a district (Landkreis) in Lower Saxony, Germany. It is bounded by (from the northwest and clockwise) the city of Emden, the districts of Aurich, Wittmund, Friesland, Ammerland, Cloppenburg and Emsland, and by the Netherlands (Province of Groningen).

Flag of Leer
Coat of arms of Leer
StateLower Saxony
 • Total1,086 km2 (419 sq mi)
 (31 December 2021)[1]
 • Total172,421
 • Density160/km2 (410/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Vehicle registrationLER


In 1744, East Frisia was annexed by Prussia. In 1867, the region was subdivided into districts, and the districts of Leer and Weener were established. In 1932, these two districts were merged.


The District is located in the southern part of East Frisia. The Ems River runs through the District, coming out of the Emsland in the south and flowing into the Dollart, a bay of the North Sea. The island of Borkum, belonging to the East Frisian Islands, is also a part of the District. Some of the area of the District is in the Lower Saxony Wadden Sea National Park.


The coat-of-arms is identical to the arms of the East Frisian chieftain dynasty Ukena, rulers of the area during the 15th century. Its blazon is: "Arms: Azure, a lion rampant dexter-facing Argent armed and langued Gules, collared by a wreath of leaves proper. Crown: two plumes of wheat Vert divided by a four-leaf clover proper at center."

Cities and municipalitiesEdit

BorkumLütje HörnBundeWeenerWestoverledingenRhauderfehnLeerOstrhauderfehnDeternJemgumMoormerlandNortmoorBrinkumNeukamperfehnHoltlandFirrelSchwerinsdorfFilsumUplengenHeselLeer (district)Leer (Borkum)Lower SaxonyEmslandNetherlandsEmdenAurich (district)Wittmund (district)Friesland (district)AmmerlandCloppenburg (district) 
Clickable map of towns and municipalities in the district
Cities Samtgemeinden
  1. Borkum
  2. Leer
  3. Weener

Free municipalities

  1. Bunde
  2. Jemgum
  3. Moormerland
  4. Ostrhauderfehn
  5. Rhauderfehn
  6. Uplengen
  7. Westoverledingen
  1. Brinkum
  2. Firrel
  3. Hesel1
  4. Holtland
  5. Neukamperfehn
  6. Schwerinsdorf
  1. Detern
  2. Filsum1
  3. Nortmoor
1seat of the Samtgemeinde

Unincorporated Area
The uninhabited island Lütje Hörn is also part of Leer district, but not part of any municipality (unincorporated area).


  1. ^ "LSN-Online Regionaldatenbank, Tabelle A100001G: Fortschreibung des Bevölkerungsstandes, Stand 31. Dezember 2021" (in German). Landesamt für Statistik Niedersachsen.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Landkreis Leer at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 53°15′N 7°30′E / 53.25°N 7.5°E / 53.25; 7.5