Nordwestmecklenburg

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Nordwestmecklenburg (Northwestern Mecklenburg) is a Kreis (district) in the north-western part of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany. It is situated on the coast of the Baltic Sea and borders on Schleswig-Holstein to the west. Neighboring districts are (from east clockwise) Rostock, Ludwigslust-Parchim and the district-free city Schwerin, and the district Lauenburg and the district-free city Lübeck in Schleswig-Holstein. The district seat is the town Wismar.[2]

Nordwestmecklenburg
Coat of arms of Nordwestmecklenburg
Coat of arms
CountryGermany
StateMecklenburg-Vorpommern
CapitalWismar
Area
 • Total2,117 km2 (817 sq mi)
Population
 (31 December 2018)[1]
 • Total156,729
 • Density74/km2 (190/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Vehicle registrationNWM, GDB, GVM, WIS
Wismar: HWI
Websitenordwestmecklenburg.de

GeographyEdit

The district is roughly situated in a triangle between the towns of Lübeck, Rostock and Schwerin.

In the north there is the coast of the Baltic Sea with the small island of Poel.

LakesEdit

Two large lakes are partially situated in Nordwestmecklenburg: the eastern half of the Schaalsee (23 km²) at the western border; and the northern half of the Schweriner See (63 km²) in the south, as well as two smaller lakes, Bibowee (0.79 km²) and Mechower See (1.6 km²).

HistoryEdit

Nordwestmecklenburg District was established in 1994 by merging the previous districts of Gadebusch, Grevesmühlen and Wismar; along with smaller parts of the districts of Sternberg and Schwerin-Land. In the 2011 district reform, it was merged with the formerly district-free town Wismar.[2] The name of the district was decided by referendum on 4 September 2011.[3]

Coat of armsEdit

 
Coat of arms
“Party per pale Or and Azure, dexter the half crowned bull's head Sable of Mecklenburg, sinister a bishopric staff Or”. The staff symbolizes the diocese of Ratzeburg, which in 1648 became the Principality of Ratzeburg. It also stands for the diocese of Schwerin. Also the Hanseatic city of Wismar is represented in red-white.

The coat of arms was designed by the designer and heraldic Heinz Kippnick, and was granted on July 1, 1996.

Towns and municipalitiesEdit

Amt-free towns Amt-free municipalities
  1. Grevesmühlen
  2. Wismar
  1. Insel Poel
Ämter
  1. Bad Kleinen
  2. Barnekow
  3. Bobitz
  4. Dorf Mecklenburg1
  5. Groß Stieten
  6. Hohen Viecheln
  7. Lübow
  8. Metelsdorf
  9. Ventschow
  1. Dragun
  2. Gadebusch1, 2
  3. Kneese
  4. Krembz
  5. Mühlen Eichsen
  6. Roggendorf
  7. Rögnitz
  8. Veelböken

[seat: Grevesmühlen]

  1. Bernstorf
  2. Gägelow
  3. Roggenstorf
  4. Rüting
  5. Stepenitztal
  6. Testorf-Steinfort
  7. Upahl
  8. Warnow
  1. Boltenhagen
  2. Damshagen
  3. Hohenkirchen
  4. Kalkhorst
  5. Klütz1, 2
  6. Zierow
  1. Alt Meteln
  2. Brüsewitz
  3. Cramonshagen
  4. Dalberg-Wendelstorf
  5. Gottesgabe
  6. Grambow
  7. Klein Trebbow
  8. Lübstorf
  9. Lützow1
  10. Perlin
  11. Pingelshagen
  12. Pokrent
  13. Schildetal
  14. Seehof
  15. Zickhusen
  1. Benz
  2. Blowatz
  3. Boiensdorf
  4. Hornstorf
  5. Krusenhagen
  6. Neuburg1
  1. Bibow
  2. Glasin
  3. Jesendorf
  4. Lübberstorf
  5. Neukloster1, 2
  6. Passee
  7. Warin2
  8. Zurow
  9. Züsow
  1. Carlow
  2. Dechow
  3. Groß Molzahn
  4. Holdorf
  5. Königsfeld
  6. Rehna1, 2
  7. Rieps
  8. Schlagsdorf
  9. Thandorf
  10. Utecht
  11. Wedendorfersee
  1. Dassow2
  2. Grieben
  3. Lüdersdorf
  4. Menzendorf
  5. Roduchelstorf
  6. Schönberg1, 2
  7. Selmsdorf
  8. Siemz-Niendorf
1 - seat of the Amt; 2 - town

Former municipalitiesEdit

The following municipalities that were independently administrative within the district were (situation August 2011):

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Statistisches Amt M-V – Bevölkerungsstand der Kreise, Ämter und Gemeinden 2018". Statistisches Amt Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (in German). July 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Mecklenburg-Vorpommern government reform". Archived from the original on 4 October 2011. Retrieved 5 September 2011.
  3. ^ "Referendum results Nordwestmecklenburg". Retrieved 5 September 2011.

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 53°50′N 11°10′E / 53.83°N 11.17°E / 53.83; 11.17