Siegen-Wittgenstein

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Siegen-Wittgenstein
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CountryGermany
StateNorth Rhine-Westphalia
Adm. regionArnsberg
CapitalSiegen
Area
 • Total1,131.47 km2 (436.86 sq mi)
Population
 (31 December 2017)[1]
 • Total277,977
 • Density250/km2 (640/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Vehicle registrationSI
Websitesiegen-wittgenstein.de
County of Wittgenstein

Grafschaft Wittgenstein
1174–1357
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Coat of arms of the Counts of Wittgenstein
StatusGrafschaft (County)
(State of the Holy Roman Empire)
CapitalWittgenstein Castle
GovernmentCounty
Historical eraMiddle Ages
• Established
1174
• Merged with Sayn-Sponheim
1357
Succeeded by
Sayn-Wittgenstein Coats of arms of None.svg

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bevölkerung der Gemeinden Nordrhein-Westfalens am 31. Dezember 2017" (in German). Landesbetrieb Information und Technik NRW. Retrieved 2018-09-21.

External links[edit]

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