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Kirche Schleife (2007-05).jpg
Schleife  is located in Germany
Coordinates: 51°32′N 14°32′E / 51.533°N 14.533°E / 51.533; 14.533Coordinates: 51°32′N 14°32′E / 51.533°N 14.533°E / 51.533; 14.533
Country Germany
State Saxony
District Görlitz
Municipal assoc. Schleife
 • Mayor Reinhard Bork
 • Total 41.87 km2 (16.17 sq mi)
Elevation 129 m (423 ft)
Population (2015-12-31)[1]
 • Total 2,606
 • Density 62/km2 (160/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 02959
Dialling codes 035773
Vehicle registration GR

Schleife (German pronunciation: [ˈʃlaɪfə]; Upper Sorbian: Slepo, IPA: [ˈslɛpɔ]) is a municipality of 3,000 in northern Görlitz district, northeast Saxony, Germany. It is the seat of the Verwaltungsgemeinschaft Schleife (about 5,000 inhabitants).


During the 1990s there were municipal reforms in Saxony to make the administration more effective and less expensive. In that time Schleife was joined by the two villages of Mulkwitz and Rohne, and the Verwaltungsgemeinschaft Schleife, based on the parish of Schleife, was established.

The parish of Schleife consists of eight villages, except for Lieskau the Verwaltungsgemeinschaft Schleife is formed by them:

German name Sorbian name municipality
Groß Düben Dźewin Groß Düben
Halbendorf Brězowka Groß Düben
Lieskau Lěsk
Mühlrose Miłoraz Trebendorf
Mulkwitz Mułkecy Schleife
Rohne Rowne Schleife
Schleife Slepo Schleife
Trebendorf Trjebin Trebendorf

Lieskau is a special case, it is located in the state of Brandenburg. Since 2003 it belongs to the town of Spremberg.

Sorbian culture[edit]

Schleife lies within the Sorbian habitat and marks the centre of the smallest dialect of Uppersorbian language, the Schleifer Dialekt. It is used in Schleife and the surrounding seven villages of the parish of Schleife (Schleifer Kirchspiel). Today it is only used by a small fraction of its inhabitants but there are efforts to reestablish it as a second mother tongue. The language is taught in one of the kindergartens (Witaj project) and in local school.

Old Slavic traditions and festivals are celebrated - by individuals and by groups and organizations like the Sorbisches Folkloreensemble Schleife.

In the municipality there is a museum of the Sorbs.

Notable Natives[edit]

  • Kito Lorenc: Sorbian-German writer, lyric poet and translator.


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