Kusel (district)

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Kusel
District
Coat of arms of Kusel
Coat of arms
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. Aschbach
  3. Buborn
  4. Cronenberg
  5. Deimberg
  6. Einöllen
  7. Eßweiler
  8. Ginsweiler
  9. Glanbrücken
  10. Grumbach
  11. Hausweiler
  12. Hefersweiler
  13. Heinzenhausen
  14. Herren-Sulzbach
  15. Hinzweiler
  16. Hohenöllen
  17. Homberg
  18. Hoppstädten
  19. Jettenbach
  20. Kappeln
  21. Kirrweiler
  22. Kreimbach-Kaulbach
  23. Langweiler
  24. Lauterecken1, 2
  25. Lohnweiler
  26. Medard
  27. Merzweiler
  28. Nerzweiler
  29. Nußbach
  30. Oberweiler im Tal
  31. Oberweiler-Tiefenbach
  32. Odenbach
  33. Offenbach-Hundheim
  34. Reipoltskirchen
  35. Relsberg
  36. Rothselberg
  37. Rutsweiler an der Lauter
  38. Sankt Julian
  39. Unterjeckenbach
  40. Wiesweiler
  41. Wolfstein2
  1. Altenkirchen
  2. Brücken
  3. Dittweiler
  4. Frohnhofen
  5. Gries
  6. Ohmbach
  7. Schönenberg-Kübelberg1
  1. Breitenbach
  2. Dunzweiler
  3. Waldmohr1
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