Kleve (district)

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Kleve (Cleves)
District
North rhine w KLE.svg
Country  Germany
State North Rhine-Westphalia
Adm. region Düsseldorf
Capital Kleve (Cleves)
Area
 • Total 1,232.15 km2 (475.74 sq mi)
Population (31 December 2013)[1]
 • Total 302,698
 • Density 250/km2 (640/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Vehicle registration KLE GEL
Website http://www.kreis-kleve.de

Kleve (district) or Kreis Kleve (Cleves in English use) is a Kreis (local-government district) in northwestern North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. Neighbouring districts are Borken, Wesel, and Viersen in Germany, and the Dutch provinces of Limburg and Gelderland.

History[edit]

The district in its present borders was created in 1975 when the former district of Kleve and Geldern was merged with the Rees District towns of Emmerich and Rees and the Moers District municipality of Rheurdt.

The two precursor districts had been created in 1816 when the whole of the Rhineland became a province of Prussia. Territorially they corresponded roughly to the historic duchies of Cleves and Guelders.

Geography[edit]

The district is located in the lower valley of the Rhine, in the region where that river flows into the Netherlands.

Coat of arms[edit]

Coat of arms

The coat of arms, which was granted in 1983, combines the shields of the two constituent duchies.

The dexter side depicts the emblem of the dukes of Cleves: On a red (gules) field a white (argent) escutcheon (shield shape) with an eightfold fleur-de-lys (escarbuncle/metal shield reinforcement). The sinister side shows a golden (or) lion (in rampant position) on a blue (azure) field (background): the emblem of the dukes of Geldern.

Towns and municipalities[edit]

Towns (Städte) Municipalities (Gemeinden)
  1. Emmerich
  2. Geldern
  3. Goch
  4. Kalkar
  5. Kevelaer
  6. Kleve (Cleves)
  7. Rees
  8. Straelen
  1. Bedburg-Hau
  2. Issum
  3. Kerken
  4. Kranenburg
  5. Rheurdt
  6. Uedem
  7. Wachtendonk
  8. Weeze

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Kreis Kleve at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 51°40′N 6°15′E / 51.667°N 6.250°E / 51.667; 6.250