Oberbergischer Rural District

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Coat of arms Position of the Oberbergischer Kreis in Germany
Oberbergischer Kreis
District
Coordinates: 51°02′N 7°31′E / 51.033°N 7.517°E / 51.033; 7.517Coordinates: 51°02′N 7°31′E / 51.033°N 7.517°E / 51.033; 7.517
Country  Germany
State North Rhine-Westphalia
Adm. region Cologne
Capital Gummersbach
Area
 • Total 918.53 km2 (354.65 sq mi)
Population (2003)
 • Total 290.308
 • Density 0.3160572/km2 (0.818584/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Vehicle registration GM

The Oberbergische Kreis is a Landkreis (rural district) in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.

Oberbergische means Upper Bergian, meaning it is the part of the mediaeval county of Berg which is up river. The other part of the county, lower down the river Wupper was called Niederbergisch or Lower Berg.

The districts in North Rhine Westphalia were changed between 1969/75. That is when the district coulod its currect size.

Coat of arms[change | edit source]

Coat of arms The coat of arms is a joining of the heraldic signs of the territories the district belonged to. The red-white bar in the top symbolizes the County of Mark and the lion that of Berg. Homburg Castle (near Nümbrecht) was the seat of the Princes of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg.

Politics[change | edit source]

District Administrator[change | edit source]

Since the October 1st, 1999 there is only one (directly elected) District Administrator who at the same time is head of management:

  • 1999-2004: Hans-Leo Kausemann, CDU
  • 2004-today: Hagen Jobi, CDU

District Administrator for the management[change | edit source]

Towns and municipalities[change | edit source]

Towns Municipalities
  1. Bergneustadt
  2. Gummersbach
  3. Hückeswagen
  4. Radevormwald
  5. Waldbröl
  6. Wiehl
  7. Wipperfürth
  1. Engelskirchen
  2. Lindlar
  3. Marienheide
  4. Morsbach
  5. Nümbrecht
  6. Reichshof

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