|• Mayor||Gerhard von Greve-Dierfeld|
|• Total||1.54 km2 (0.59 sq mi)|
|Elevation||420 m (1,380 ft)|
|• Density||7.8/km2 (20/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)|
Dierfeld is an Ortsgemeinde – a municipality belonging to a Verbandsgemeinde, a kind of collective municipality – in the Bernkastel-Wittlich district in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. Among Germany’s smallest municipalities, it holds second place.
Dierfeld arose from a hunting lodge that the Counts of Manderscheid had built in the 16th century. Beginning in 1794, Dierfeld lay under French rule. In 1814 it was assigned to the Kingdom of Prussia at the Congress of Vienna. Since 1947, it has been part of the then newly founded state of Rhineland-Palatinate.
Dierfeld has only eight inhabitants and is thereby, after Wiedenborstel in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany’s second smallest municipality by population. As in Wiedenborstel, all inhabitants belong to the same family. The municipality’s head and mayor is Gerhard von Greve-Dierfeld.
The council is made up of 6 council members (this, of course, means that only two people in the municipality are not on council), who were elected by majority vote at the municipal election held on 7 June 2009, and the honorary mayor as chairman.
At elections to the European Parliament, the Bundestag and the Landtag, a common voting area has been formed with Manderscheid to ensure that ballots are kept secret.
In 2006, the municipality had the highest commercial tax rates in Rhineland-Palatinate. This was resolved by the mayor, who is also the owner of a tree nursery. The municipality is debt-free.
- This article incorporates information from the German Wikipedia.
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