Saterland

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Saterland
Coat of arms of Saterland
Coat of arms
Saterland is located in Germany
Saterland
Saterland
Coordinates: 53°2′N 7°43′E / 53.033°N 7.717°E / 53.033; 7.717Coordinates: 53°2′N 7°43′E / 53.033°N 7.717°E / 53.033; 7.717
Country Germany
State Lower Saxony
District Cloppenburg
Subdivisions 4 districts
Government
 • Mayor Hubert Frye (CDU)
Area
 • Total 123.62 km2 (47.73 sq mi)
Elevation 5 m (16 ft)
Population (2013-12-31)[1]
 • Total 13,049
 • Density 110/km2 (270/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 26683
Dialling codes 0 44 92 (Scharrel, Sedelsberg) 0 44 98 (Ramsloh, Strücklingen)
Vehicle registration CLP
Website www.saterland.de

Saterland (Saterland Frisian: Seelterlound) is a municipality in the district of Cloppenburg, in Lower Saxony, Germany. It is situated between the cities of Leer, Cloppenburg, and Oldenburg. It is home to the ethnic group the Saterland Frisians whose language is still used.

Division of the municipality[edit]

The municipality of Saterland was formed in 1974, when the smaller municipalities Strücklingen (Strukelje in Saterland Frisian), Ramsloh (Roomelse), Sedelsberg (Seeidelsbierich) and Scharrel (Schäddel) were merged.

A bilingual German-Saterland Frisian roadsign

History[edit]

In medieval times, Saterland was a sandy region occupying an area of about 15 km long by 1–4 km wide surrounded by marshes. It was settled between the 10th and 13th centuries by Frisians from East Frisia. Being relatively isolated, the inhabitants developed their own form of the East Frisian language, Saterland Frisian, which survives to this day. The "Saterfriesen," as the speakers of this language are called in German, are the smallest minority recognized by the federal government.

Notable places[edit]

On the area of the municipality of Saterland is the VLF transmitter DHO38, a large VLF transmitter of the German Navy for sending commands to submarines.

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