From 1866-1920 Tinglev was part of the Prussian Province of Schleswig-Holstein, and formed a part of Imperial Germany. Notable figures born there include Hjalmar Schacht, a Nazi economist who introduced a wide variety of schemes in Germany in order to tackle the effects that the Great Depression had on that country, and was a key player in the initial economic steps towards re-armament.
Until 1 January 2007 Tinglev was also a municipality (Danish: kommune) in the former South Jutland County. The municipality covered an area of 326 km2 (126 sq mi), and has a total population of 10,148 (2005). Its last mayor was Susanne Beier, a member of the Venstre (Liberal Party) political party. The municipality was created in 1970 due to a kommunalreform ("Municipality Reform") that combined a number of existing parishes:
- Bjolderup Parish
- Burkal Parish
- Bylderup Parish
- Ravsted Parish
- Tinglev Parish
- Uge Parish
Tinglev municipality ceased to exist as the result of Kommunalreformen ("The Municipality Reform" of 2007). It was merged with Bov, Lundtoft, Rødekro, and Aabenraa municipalities to form a new Aabenraa municipality. This created a municipality with an area of 951 square kilometres (367 sq mi) and a total population of 60,151 (2005).
- Aabenraa municipality's official website (in Danish, English and German)
- Aabenraa tourist office (in Danish, English and German)
- Municipal statistics: NetBorger Kommunefakta, delivered from KMD aka Kommunedata (Municipal Data)
- Municipal mergers and neighbors: Eniro new municipalities map
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