Hedwigenkoog

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Hedwigenkoog
Land reclamation from the North Sea at Hedwigenkoog
Land reclamation from the North Sea at Hedwigenkoog
Coat of arms of Hedwigenkoog
Coat of arms
Hedwigenkoog is located in Germany
Hedwigenkoog
Hedwigenkoog
Coordinates: 54°11′N 8°50′E / 54.183°N 8.833°E / 54.183; 8.833Coordinates: 54°11′N 8°50′E / 54.183°N 8.833°E / 54.183; 8.833
Country Germany
State Schleswig-Holstein
District Dithmarschen
Municipal assoc. Büsum-Wesselburen
Government
 • Mayor Klaus Nicolay
Area
 • Total 16.36 km2 (6.32 sq mi)
Elevation 0 m (0 ft)
Population (2013-12-31)[1]
 • Total 236
 • Density 14/km2 (37/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 25761
Dialling codes 04833, 04834
Vehicle registration HEI
Website www.amt-buesum.de

Hedwigenkoog is a municipality belonging to the Amt ("collective municipality") Büsum-Wesselburen in the district Dithmarschen in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany.

Hedwigenkoog is situated on the North Sea coast north of Büsum and Westerdeichstrich. It consists of 1600ha of marshland won from the sea (called a Koog in German) and protected with a dike in 1696 to secure the land connection between Büsum and Wesselburen. The first part of its name was adopted in honor of Hedvig Sophia of Sweden, wife of Duke Frederick IV of Schleswig-Holstein-Gottorp.

The coat of arms is a modified version of the duke's seal and shows a swan holding an eel. The animals in the original version were a stork and a snake.

Hedwigenkoog's economy is based on farming including organic farming and wind energy in combination with tourism. In recent years tourism was a growing industry, with some farms offering bed and breakfast facilities, farm shops and cafes.

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