Hanover Region

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Coat of arms of Hanover
Coat of arms
Lower Saxony H.svg
Country Germany
StateLower Saxony
 • Total2,290 km2 (880 sq mi)
(31 December 2017)[1]
 • Total1,152,675
 • Density500/km2 (1,300/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Vehicle registrationH

Hanover Region (German: Region Hannover) is a district in Lower Saxony, Germany. It is bounded by (from the north and clockwise) the districts of Heidekreis, Celle, Gifhorn, Peine, Hildesheim, Hamelin-Pyrmont, Schaumburg and Nienburg.

The District of Hanover has a unique legal status among the districts of Lower Saxony. It includes the City of Hanover, the state capital, which has the same privileges as a city that is not part of a district. As a consequence, the District is much larger in population than any other district of the state. Its administrative body is the Regionsparlament ("regional parliament"), headed by the Regionspräsident or "region president" (Hauke Jagau (SPD) since 2006). The members of the Regionsparlament are elected once every five years and the Regionspräsident is elected once every eight years in local elections.


The City of Hanover was not part of the district until 2001, when the old Hanover District and the city (then known officially as Kreisfreie Stadt Hannover, which means "District Free city of Hanover") were merged in order to form the new Region Hannover district (not to be confused with the former Regierungsbezirk Hannover).

During World War II, Hanover was the Headquarters (Hauptquartier) of the Military District (Wehrkreis) XI, which was responsible for Braunschweig, Anhalt, and part of Hanover. It was also the Garrison Town for the 71. Infanterie Division.


The district surrounds the City of Hanover and includes the outskirts of its metropolitan area. The Leine river enters the district in the south, runs through Hanover and leaves to the north. In the northwest is the Steinhuder Meer, a lake with an area of 32 km², within the region known as the Hanoverian Moor Geest.

Coat of arms[edit]

The coat of arms was granted on May 1, 2003. The cloverleaf is from the arms of the City of Hanover. The lion was the heraldic animal of the Welfen family, which ruled the region from the Middle Ages until 1866.

Towns and municipalities[edit]

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Town Capital Area (km²) Population (2015) Location

Wappen Barsinghausen.png

Barsinghausen 102.65 km² 33,608

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Wappen Burgdorf (Region Hannover).png

Burgdorf 112.26 km² 30,147

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Wappen Burgwedel.png

Burgwedel 151.96 km² 20,654

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DEU Garbsen COA.svg

Garbsen 79.31 km² 60,590

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Wappen Gehrden.png

Gehrden 42.97 km² 14,624

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Coat of arms of Hannover.svg

Hanover 204.01 km² 532,163

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DEU Hemmingen COA.svg

Hemmingen 31.65 km² 18,793

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Wappen Laatzen in Deutschland.png

Laatzen 34.05 km² 40,939

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Wappen Langenhagen.svg

Langenhagen 71.99 km² 53,323

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Wappen Lehrte.png

Lehrte 127 km² 43,639

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Neustadt am Rübenberge

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Neustadt am Rübenberge 357 km² 43,931

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DEU Pattensen COA.png

Pattensen 67 km² 14,324

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Wappen Ronnenberg.svg

Ronnenberg 37.78 km² 23,752

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Wappen Seelze.png

Seelze 54 km² 33,283

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Wappen Stadt Sehnde.png

Sehnde 103.44 km² 23,489

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Wappen Springe.png

Springe 159.78 km² 28,682

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Wappen Wunstorf.png

Wunstorf 126.60 km² 41,251

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Municipalities Capital Area /km² Population (2015) Location

DEU Isernhagen COA.png

Isernhagen 59.72 km² 23,792

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Wappen Uetze.svg

Uetze 140.56 km² 20,103

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Wappen Wennigsen (Deister).png

Wennigsen 53.78 km² 14,036

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Wappen Wedemark.png

Wedemark 173 km² 29,358

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Coordinates: 52°25′12″N 9°43′12″E / 52.42000°N 9.72000°E / 52.42000; 9.72000