Olpe Rural District

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Olpe
District
Coordinates: 51°5′N 8°0′E / 51.083°N 8°E / 51.083; 8Coordinates: 51°5′N 8°0′E / 51.083°N 8°E / 51.083; 8
Country  Germany
State North Rhine-Westphalia
Adm. region Arnsberg
Capital Olpe
Area
 • Total 710.7 km2 (274.4 sq mi)
Population (2001)
 • Total 141,705
 • Density 199.388/km2 (516.41/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Vehicle registration OE

Olpe is a Kreis (district) in the south-east of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.

History[change | change source]

The district was created in 1817 as Bilsteiner Kreis, in 1819 the capital was moved to Olpe. During the reorganization of the districts in 1969 several of the municipalities in the district were joined together to become cities, but the district itself was only changed a little bit. Even in the second reorganization 1974 it stayed nearly in the same borders as in 1817.

Coat of arms[change | change source]

Coat of arms
The left half of the coat of arms show the cologne cross, as the Olpe area belonged to the bishops of Cologne. The right side show the sign of the Lords of Fürstenberg, who were governors for the bishops in this area.

Towns and municipalities[change | change source]

Towns Municipalities
  1. Attendorn
  2. Drolshagen
  3. Lennestadt
  4. Olpe
  1. Finnentrop
  2. Kirchhundem
  3. Wenden

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