County of Bentheim (district)

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Grafschaft Bentheim
Coat of arms of Grafschaft Bentheim
Coat of arms
Lower Saxony NOH.svg
Country  Germany
State Lower Saxony
Capital Nordhorn
 • Total 981 km2 (379 sq mi)
Population (31 December 2015)[1]
 • Total 135,662
 • Density 140/km2 (360/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Vehicle registration NOH

County of Bentheim (German: Grafschaft Bentheim) is a district (Landkreis) in Lower Saxony, Germany. It is bounded by (from the west and clockwise) the Dutch provinces of Overijssel and Drenthe, the district of Emsland, and the districts of Steinfurt and Borken in North Rhine-Westphalia.


The District has roughly the same territory as the County of Bentheim, a state of the Holy Roman Empire that was dissolved in 1803.


The district's north-western region named Niedergrafschaft (de) (low county) protrudes into Dutch territory, and borders it to the north, west and south. The Vechte River (Dutch Vecht) traverses the district from south to north and flows into the Netherlands.

Coat of arms[edit]

The arms are identical to the arms of the historic County of Bentheim. The origin of these arms is unknown.

Cities and municipalities[edit]

Cities Samtgemeinden
  1. Bad Bentheim
  2. Nordhorn

Free municipalities

  1. Wietmarschen
  1. Emlichheim1
  2. Hoogstede
  3. Laar
  4. Ringe
  1. Esche
  2. Georgsdorf
  3. Lage
  4. Neuenhaus1, 2
  5. Osterwald
  1. Engden
  2. Isterberg
  3. Ohne
  4. Quendorf
  5. Samern
  6. Schüttorf1, 2
  1. Getelo
  2. Gölenkamp
  3. Halle
  4. Itterbeck
  5. Uelsen1
  6. Wielen
  7. Wilsum
1seat of the Samtgemeinde; ²town


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Coordinates: 52°25′N 7°05′E / 52.42°N 7.08°E / 52.42; 7.08