Siegen-Wittgenstein

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Siegen-Wittgenstein
District
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Country  Germany
State North Rhine-Westphalia
Adm. region Arnsberg
Capital Siegen
Area
 • Total 1,131.47 km2 (436.86 sq mi)
Population (31 December 2016)[1]
 • Total 277,933
 • Density 250/km2 (640/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Vehicle registration SI
Website siegen-wittgenstein.de
County of Wittgenstein
Grafschaft Wittgenstein
County
1174–1357
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Coat of arms of the Counts of Wittgenstein
Status County
Capital Wittgenstein Castle
Government County
Succeeded by
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Siegen-Wittgenstein is a Kreis (district) in the southeast of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. Neighboring districts are Olpe, Hochsauerlandkreis, Waldeck-Frankenberg, Marburg-Biedenkopf, Lahn-Dill, Westerwaldkreis, and Altenkirchen.

History[edit]

In 1816–1817, the two districts of Siegen and Wittgenstein were created as parts of the Prussian province of Westphalia. In 1974, the two districts were merged, and in 1984 the name Siegen-Wittgenstein was adopted.

Geography[edit]

Geographically, it covers the hills southeast of the Sauerland hills, the Siegerland and Wittgensteiner Land.

Coat of arms[edit]

Coat of arms of Siegen-Wittgenstein

The two upper sections show, to the right, the arms of the Dukes of Nassau, who founded Siegen, and to the left, those of the Counts of Sayn-Wittgenstein. At the bottom a miner's lamp and a coppicing hook are depicted, in reference to the mining and charcoal-burning history of the district.

Towns and municipalities[edit]

Towns and municipalities in Siegen-Wittgenstein
Towns
  1. Bad Berleburg
  2. Bad Laasphe
  3. Freudenberg
  4. Hilchenbach
  5. Kreuztal
  6. Netphen
  7. Siegen
Municipalities
  1. Burbach
  2. Erndtebrück
  3. Neunkirchen (Siegerland)
  4. Wilnsdorf

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Coordinates: 50°55′N 8°10′E / 50.92°N 8.17°E / 50.92; 8.17