Siegen-Wittgenstein

Siegen-Wittgenstein
Flag of Siegen-Wittgenstein
Coat of arms of Siegen-Wittgenstein
CountryGermany
StateNorth Rhine-Westphalia
Adm. regionArnsberg
CapitalSiegen
Area
 • Total1,131.47 km2 (436.86 sq mi)
Population
 (31 December 2020)[1]
 • Total275,491
 • Density240/km2 (630/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Vehicle registrationBLB, SI
Websitesiegen-wittgenstein.de
County of Wittgenstein
Grafschaft Wittgenstein
1174–1357
Coat of arms of the Counts of Wittgenstein of Wittgenstein
Coat of arms of the Counts of Wittgenstein
StatusGrafschaft (County)
(State of the Holy Roman Empire)
CapitalWittgenstein Castle
GovernmentCounty
Historical eraMiddle Ages
• Established
1174
• Merged with Sayn-Sponheim
1357
Succeeded by
Sayn-Wittgenstein Sin escudo.svg

Siegen-Wittgenstein is a Kreis (district) in the southeast of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. Neighboring districts are Olpe, Hochsauerlandkreis, Waldeck-Frankenberg, Marburg-Biedenkopf, Lahn-Dill, Westerwaldkreis, and Altenkirchen.

HistoryEdit

In 1816–1817, the two districts of Siegen and Wittgenstein were created as parts of the Prussian province of Westphalia. In 1974, the two districts were merged, and in 1984 the name Siegen-Wittgenstein was adopted.

GeographyEdit

Geographically, it covers the hills southeast of the Sauerland hills, the Siegerland and Wittgensteiner Land.

Coat of armsEdit

The two upper sections show, to the right, the arms of the Dukes of Nassau, who founded Siegen, and to the left, those of the Counts of Sayn-Wittgenstein. At the bottom a miner's lamp and a coppicing hook are depicted, in reference to the mining and charcoal-burning history of the district.

Towns and municipalitiesEdit

 
Towns and municipalities in Siegen-Wittgenstein

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Bevölkerung der Gemeinden Nordrhein-Westfalens am 31. Dezember 2020" (in German). Landesbetrieb Information und Technik NRW. Retrieved 21 June 2021.

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 50°55′N 8°10′E / 50.92°N 8.17°E / 50.92; 8.17