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
Coat of arms of the Counts of Wittgenstein
Coat of arms of the Counts of Wittgenstein
Capital Wittgenstein Castle
Government County
Historical era Middle Ages
 •  Established 1174
 •  Merged with
    Sayn-Sponheim
 
1357 1357
Succeeded by
Sayn-Wittgenstein Image missing

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