Leipzig (region)

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Map of Saxony highlighting the former Direktionsbezirk of Leipzig
Map of Saxony highlighting the former Direktionsbezirk of Leipzig
Country Germany
State Saxony
Disestablished 1 March 2012
Region seat Leipzig
 • Total 3,964 km2 (1,531 sq mi)
Population (31 Dec. 2010)
 • Total 996,516
 • Density 250/km2 (650/sq mi)
Website www.rpl.sachsen.de
The Regierungsbezirk Leipzig before August 2008

Leipzig is one of the three former Direktionsbezirke of the Free State of Saxony, Germany, located in the north-west of the state. It coincided with the Planungsregion Westsachsen. It was disbanded in March 2012.


The Direktionsbezirk Leipzig came into existence on 1 August 2008, and succeeded the Regierungsbezirk Leipzig. The territory of Regierungsbezirk Leipzig was slightly larger, and included the former district of Döbeln. With the exception of the districts Altenburg and Schmölln, the territory of the Regierungsbezirk corresponded to that of the former Bezirk Leipzig which existed from 1952 to 1990.

A Regierungsbezirk Leipzig existed already from 1939 to 1943, when the former Kreishauptmannschaften in Saxony were renamed following the custom in Prussia.


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Coordinates: 51°20′N 12°50′E / 51.33°N 12.83°E / 51.33; 12.83