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Map of Lower Saxony highlighting the former Regierungsbezirk of Lüneburg
|• Total||15,507.1 km2 (5,987.3 sq mi)|
|Population (30 Sep. 2004)|
|• Density||110/km2 (280/sq mi)|
The region was created under royal Hanoverian rule in 1823 as Landdrostei Lüneburg (roughly: High Bailiwick of Lüneburg), renamed Regierungsbezirk (roughly: governorate) in 1885, when it was a subdivision of the Prussian province of Hanover. On 1 February 1978 the Lüneburg Region incorporated the neighbouring Stade Region. The governorate, like all the other Lower Saxon governorates, was dissolved in 2004.