Kusel (district)

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Kusel
Coat of arms of Kusel
Coat of arms
Rhineland-Palatinate KUS.svg
Country Germany
StateRhineland-Palatinate
CapitalKusel
Area
 • Total573.42 km2 (221.40 sq mi)
Population
(31 December 2017)[1]
 • Total70,764
 • Density120/km2 (320/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Vehicle registrationKUS
Websitelandkreis-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. Albessen
  2. Altenglan
  3. Bedesbach
  4. Blaubach
  5. Bosenbach
  6. Dennweiler-Frohnbach
  7. Ehweiler
  8. Elzweiler
  9. Erdesbach
  10. Etschberg
  11. Föckelberg
  12. Haschbach am Remigiusberg
  13. Herchweiler
  14. Horschbach
  15. Körborn
  16. Konken
  17. Kusel1, 2
  18. Neunkirchen am Potzberg
  19. Niederalben
  20. Niederstaufenbach
  21. Oberalben
  22. Oberstaufenbach
  23. Pfeffelbach
  24. Rammelsbach
  25. Rathsweiler
  26. Reichweiler
  27. Ruthweiler
  28. Rutsweiler am Glan
  29. Schellweiler
  30. Selchenbach
  31. Thallichtenberg
  32. Theisbergstegen
  33. Ulmet
  34. Welchweiler
  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. Börsborn
  3. Breitenbach
  4. Brücken
  5. Dittweiler
  6. Dunzweiler
  7. Frohnhofen
  8. Glan-Münchweiler
  9. Gries
  10. Henschtal
  11. Herschweiler-Pettersheim
  12. Hüffler
  13. Krottelbach
  14. Langenbach
  15. Matzenbach
  16. Nanzdietschweiler
  17. Ohmbach
  18. Quirnbach
  19. Rehweiler
  20. Schönenberg-Kübelberg1
  21. Steinbach am Glan
  22. Wahnwegen
  23. Waldmohr
1seat of the Verbandsgemeinde; 2town

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bevölkerungsstand 2017 - Gemeindeebene". Statistisches Landesamt Rheinland-Pfalz (in German). 2018.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 49°35′N 7°30′E / 49.58°N 7.5°E / 49.58; 7.5