Gütersloh (district)

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Gütersloh
District
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Country  Germany
State North Rhine-Westphalia
Adm. region Detmold
Capital Gütersloh
Area
 • Total 967.18 km2 (373.43 sq mi)
Population (31 December 2012)[1]
 • Total 351,624
 • Density 360/km2 (940/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Vehicle registration GT
Website http://www.kreis-guetersloh.de

Gütersloh (German pronunciation: [ˈɡyːtɐsloː]) is a Kreis (district) in the north-east of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. Neighboring districts are Osnabrück, Herford, district-free Bielefeld, Lippe, Paderborn, Soest and Warendorf.

History[edit]

It was created in 1973 in the reorganization of the districts in North Rhine-Westphalia, when the previous districts of Halle and Wiedenbrück were merged. Also the districts Bielefeld, Paderborn, Beckum und Warendorf had to cede parts of their area to the newly formed district. The precursor districts were created in 1816 after the new Prussian province of Westphalia was established.

Today, the district Gütersloh has one of Germanys largest exile communities of Arameans, also known as Syriacs and Chaldeans.

Geography[edit]

The east of the district is covered by the Teutoburg Forest, which also contains the highest elevation of the district, the Hengeberg (316m). In the west there is the source of the Ems river. The Ems valley also contains the lowest point of the district, near Harsewinkel with 56m.

Coat of arms[edit]

Coat of arms The coat of arms was adopted with the creation of the district in 1973 by combining the symbols from the arms of the previous districts Halle and Rheda-Wiedenbrück. The three elements derive from the medieval counties in the area now covered by the district.

The golden eagle in the bottom of the coat comes from the duchy of Rietberg. The wheel in the middle derives from the sign of the city Osnabrück, which owned the Amt Reckenberg. The chevrons in the top part are the symbol of the duchy of Ravensberg.

Towns and municipalities[edit]

Towns Municipalities
  1. Borgholzhausen
  2. Gütersloh
  3. Halle (Westf.)
  4. Harsewinkel
  5. Rheda-Wiedenbrück
  6. Rietberg
  7. Schloß Holte-Stukenbrock
  8. Verl
  9. Versmold
  10. Werther (Westf.)
  1. Herzebrock-Clarholz
  2. Langenberg
  3. Steinhagen
Gütersloh Schloß Holte-Stukenbrock Verl Rietberg Langenberg Rheda-Wiedenbrück Herzebrock-Clarholz Steinhagen Werther Halle Harsewinkel Borgholzhausen Versmold Paderborn (district) Lippe Soest (district) Bielefeld Herford (district) Warendorf (district) Lower Saxony North Rhine-WestphaliaMunicipalities in GT.svg
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Economy[edit]

Some important companies are located in the district of Guetersloh:

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 51°55′N 8°20′E / 51.917°N 8.333°E / 51.917; 8.333