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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.

Siegen-Wittgenstein
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CountryGermany
StateNorth Rhine-Westphalia
Adm. regionArnsberg
CapitalSiegen
Area
 • Total1,131.47 km2 (436.86 sq mi)
Population
(31 December 2017)[1]
 • Total277,977
 • Density250/km2 (640/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Vehicle registrationSI
Websitesiegen-wittgenstein.de
County of Wittgenstein

Grafschaft Wittgenstein
1174–1357
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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 Coats of arms of None.svg

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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 2017" (in German). Landesbetrieb Information und Technik NRW. Retrieved 2018-09-21.

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