Kusel (district)

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Kusel
District
Rhineland-Palatinate KUS.svg
Country  Germany
State Rhineland-Palatinate
Capital Kusel
Area
 • Total 573.42 km2 (221.40 sq mi)
Population (31 December 2012)[1]
 • Total 71,766
 • Density 130/km2 (320/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Vehicle registration KUS
Website landkreis-kusel.de

Kusel is a district (Kreis) in the south of Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. Neighboring districts are (from north-west clockwise) Birkenfeld, Bad Kreuznach, Donnersbergkreis, Kaiserslautern, Saarpfalz and Sankt Wendel (the last two belonging to the state of Saarland).

History[edit]

The district of Kusel was created at the beginning of the 19th century. In 1939 it was renamed as Landkreis Kusel. The boundary was altered slightly as part of the communal reform of 1969/72 with some parts of the district of Birkenfeld being added to Kusel.

Geography[edit]

The district of Kusel lies in the North Palatine Uplands (Nordpfälzer Bergland), to the north of the industrial areas of the Saarland. The largest rivers are the Lauter (also called the Waldlauter, to distinguish it from other rivers in German-speaking Europe named Lauter) and the Glan.

Coat of arms[edit]

Coat of arms The German blazon reads: Gespalten: Vorne in Schwarz ein linksgewendeter, rot bewehrter goldener Löwe, hinten in Silber ein rot bewehrter, blauer Löwe.

The district’s arms might in English heraldic language be described thus: Per pale sable a lion rampant sinister Or armed and langued gules and argent a lion rampant azure armed and langued of the third.

The two charges, both lions, are both heraldic devices borne by former lords, the one on the dexter (armsbearer’s right, viewer’s left) side by the Counts of Veldenz and the one on the sinister (armsbearer’s left, viewer’s right) side by Electoral Palatinate, which acquired the area in the 15th century. The arms were approved on 13 December 1965.

Towns and municipalities[edit]

Verbandsgemeinden
  1. Altenglan1
  2. Bedesbach
  3. Bosenbach
  4. Elzweiler
  5. Erdesbach
  6. Föckelberg
  7. Horschbach
  8. Neunkirchen am Potzberg
  9. Niederalben
  10. Niederstaufenbach
  11. Oberstaufenbach
  12. Rammelsbach
  13. Rathsweiler
  14. Rutsweiler am Glan
  15. Ulmet
  16. Welchweiler
  1. Börsborn
  2. Glan-Münchweiler1
  3. Henschtal
  4. Herschweiler-Pettersheim
  5. Hüffler
  6. Krottelbach
  7. Langenbach
  8. Matzenbach
  9. Nanzdietschweiler
  10. Quirnbach
  11. Rehweiler
  12. Steinbach am Glan
  13. Wahnwegen
  1. Albessen
  2. Blaubach
  3. Dennweiler-Frohnbach
  4. Ehweiler
  5. Etschberg
  6. Haschbach am Remigiusberg
  7. Herchweiler
  8. Körborn
  9. Konken
  10. Kusel1, 2
  11. Oberalben
  12. Pfeffelbach
  13. Reichweiler
  14. Ruthweiler
  15. Schellweiler
  16. Selchenbach
  17. Thallichtenberg
  18. Theisbergstegen
  1. Adenbach
  2. Buborn
  3. Cronenberg
  4. Deimberg
  5. Ginsweiler
  6. Glanbrücken
  7. Grumbach
  8. Hausweiler
  9. Heinzenhausen
  10. Herren-Sulzbach
  11. Hohenöllen
  12. Homberg
  13. Hoppstädten
  14. Kappeln
  15. Kirrweiler
  16. Langweiler
  17. Lauterecken1, 2
  18. Lohnweiler
  19. Medard
  20. Merzweiler
  21. Nerzweiler
  22. Odenbach
  23. Offenbach-Hundheim
  24. Sankt Julian
  25. Unterjeckenbach
  26. Wiesweiler
  1. Altenkirchen
  2. Brücken
  3. Dittweiler
  4. Frohnhofen
  5. Gries
  6. Ohmbach
  7. Schönenberg-Kübelberg1
  1. Breitenbach
  2. Dunzweiler
  3. Waldmohr1
  1. Aschbach
  2. Einöllen
  3. Eßweiler
  4. Hefersweiler
  5. Hinzweiler
  6. Jettenbach
  7. Kreimbach-Kaulbach
  8. Nußbach
  9. Oberweiler im Tal
  10. Oberweiler-Tiefenbach
  11. Reipoltskirchen
  12. Relsberg
  13. Rothselberg
  14. Rutsweiler an der Lauter
  15. Wolfstein1, 2
1seat of the Verbandsgemeinde; 2town

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Coordinates: 49°35′N 7°30′E / 49.58°N 7.5°E / 49.58; 7.5