Ostprignitz-Ruppin

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Ostprignitz-Ruppin
District
Brandenburg OPR.svg
Country  Germany
State Brandenburg
Capital Neuruppin
Area
 • Total 2,508.7 km2 (968.6 sq mi)
Population (31 December 2015)[1]
 • Total 99,110
 • Density 40/km2 (100/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Vehicle registration OPR, KY, NP, WK
Website ostprignitz-ruppin.de

Ostprignitz-Ruppin is a Kreis (district) in the northwestern part of Brandenburg, Germany. Neighboring are (from north clockwise) the districts Müritz and Mecklenburg-Strelitz in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, the districts Oberhavel and Havelland, the district Stendal in Saxony-Anhalt, and the district Prignitz.

Geography[edit]

The district consists of plain countryside northwest of Berlin. It is densely forested. Many rivers and lakes can be found in its western, its central and its northeastern part. The main river in the district is the Dosse.

History[edit]

The district has always been distinguishable from the West Prignitz, having been settled originally by Slavs from a different part of Mecklenburg. It was officially created in 1993 by merging the districts Kyritz, Neuruppin and Wittstock. The district roughly covers the same territory as the two historic districts Ostprignitz and Ruppin. Osprignitz was created in 1815 as one of two districts covering the former county Prignitz, and was split into the districts Kyritz, Pritzwalk and Wittstock in 1952. Also in 1952 the district Ruppin was renamed to Neuruppin and had to give part of its territory to the districts Kyritz and Gransee.

Demography[edit]

Landkreis Ostprignitz-Ruppin:
Population development within the current boundaries (2013)
[2]
Year Population
1875 101 605
1890 102 153
1910 102 634
1925 106 311
1933 109 576
1939 114 606
1946 157 875
1950 153 496
1964 124 190
1971 123 486
Year Population
1981 119 269
1985 120 184
1989 120 271
1990 118 794
1991 116 002
1992 117 102
1993 116 866
1994 116 180
1995 116 005
1996 115 637
Year Population
1997 115 670
1998 115 193
1999 114 273
2000 112 930
2001 111 878
2002 111 009
2003 110 057
2004 108 893
2005 108 027
2006 106 830
Year Population
2007 105 812
2008 104 786
2009 103 734
2010 102 868
2011 99 753
2012 99 125
2013 98 944
2014 98 886
2015 99 110

Coat of arms[edit]

Coat of arms The eagle in the top of the coat of arms derives from the Counts of Arnstein, who ruled Ruppin in the 13th century. To the left is a fleur-de-lis representing the Counts von Plotho, a Wendish family who ruled Kyritz, where they had migrated from the Magdeburg area bringing German families such as the von Blumenthals with them. The mitre to the right symbolizes Wittstock, as Bishop Heinrich I made Wittstock the capital of the Prince-Bishopric of Havelberg.

Towns and municipalities[edit]

Amt-free towns Ämter
  1. Kyritz
  2. Neuruppin
  3. Rheinsberg
  4. Wittstock


Amt-free municipalities

  1. Fehrbellin
  2. Heiligengrabe
  3. Wusterhausen

1. Lindow (Mark)

  1. Herzberg
  2. Lindow1, 2
  3. Rüthnick
  4. Vielitzsee

2. Neustadt (Dosse)

  1. Breddin
  2. Dreetz
  3. Neustadt an der Dosse1, 2
  4. Sieversdorf-Hohenofen
  5. Stüdenitz-Schönermark
  6. Zernitz-Lohm

3. Temnitz

  1. Dabergotz
  2. Märkisch Linden
  3. Storbeck-Frankendorf
  4. Temnitzquell
  5. Temnitztal
  6. Walsleben1
1seat of the Amt; ²town

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Ostprignitz-Ruppin at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 52°58′N 12°40′E / 52.967°N 12.667°E / 52.967; 12.667