Saarpfalz-Kreis

Saarpfalz (Saar-Palatinate) is a Kreis (district) in the south-east of the Saarland, Germany. Neighboring districts are (from west clockwise) Saarbrücken, Neunkirchen, Kusel, Kaiserslautern, Südwestpfalz, district-free Zweibrücken, and the French département Moselle.

Saarpfalz
Flag of Saarpfalz
Coat of arms of Saarpfalz
CountryGermany
StateSaarland
CapitalHomburg
Area
 • Total418.53 km2 (161.60 sq mi)
Population
 (31 December 2021)[1]
 • Total140,960
 • Density340/km2 (870/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Vehicle registrationHOM and IGB
Websitesaarpfalz-kreis.de

HistoryEdit

After the Treaty of Versailles, the Saar basin was placed under the administration of the League of Nations for 15 years. The Palatinate area, then part of Bavaria, was therefore split in two parts. The part which went into the Saar became commonly known as Saarpfalz, and was administrated by the two Bezirksamt St. Ingbert and Homburg. The Saarpfalz district was created in 1974 when the St. Ingbert and Homburg districts were merged. Since 1997 the district has had a partnership with Henrico County, Virginia.

Coat of armsEdit

The lion in the top left is the symbol of the Palatinate (Pfalz), the cross in the top right is the symbol of Trier, both owned a large part of the district in the past. The crosier is the bottom left represents the clerical possessions of the monasteries, while the silver lion in the bottom right is the symbol of the county of Homburg.

Towns and municipalitiesEdit

BexbachHomburgKirkelSankt IngbertBlieskastelMandelbachtalGersheimFranceFranceRhineland-PalatinateNeunkirchen (district)Saarbrücken (district) 
Clickable map of towns and municipalities in the district
Towns (Population as of 2015) Municipalities (Population as of 2015)
  1. Bexbach (17,769)
  2. Blieskastel (21,033)
  3. Homburg (Saar) (41,974)
  4. Sankt Ingbert (36,292)
  1. Gersheim (6,565)
  2. Kirkel (10,104)
  3. Mandelbachtal (10,847)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Amtliche Einwohnerzahlen Stand 31. Dezember 2021" (PDF) (in German). Statistisches Amt des Saarlandes. June 2022.

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 49°15′N 7°15′E / 49.25°N 7.25°E / 49.25; 7.25