Steinfurt (district)

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Steinfurt
District
Coordinates: 52°10′N 7°40′E / 52.167°N 7.667°E / 52.167; 7.667Coordinates: 52°10′N 7°40′E / 52.167°N 7.667°E / 52.167; 7.667
Country  Germany
State North Rhine-Westphalia
Adm. region Münster
Capital Steinfurt
Area
 • Total 1,792.097 km2 (691.933 sq mi)
Population (2002)
 • Total 438,765
 • Density 244.8333/km2 (634.1153/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Vehicle registration ST

Steinfurt is a Kreis (district) in the northern part of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. Neighboring districts are Bentheim, Emsland, district-free Osnabrück and the Osnabrück district, Warendorf, district-free Münster, Coesfeld, Borken.

Geography[change | change source]

The district is at the Lower Saxon border, north of Münster. The Ems river runs through the district from south to north. The highest point in Steinfurt is the Westerbecker Berg with 234m, the lowest point is the Bentlage castle at 32m.

History[change | change source]

In late medieval times Steinfurt became an independent earldom. At first it was a part of the earldom of Bentheim, before it became independent in 1454. 1804 Steinfurt was joined back with Bentheim, before it became a part of the Prussian province of Westphalia in 1815. The new government in 1816 made the districts Steinfurt and Tecklenburg.

In 1975 the old district Steinfurt was merged with the district Tecklenburg, and together with Greven and Saerbeck from the old district Münster the current district was made.

Coat of arms[change | change source]

Coat of arms
The coat of arms combines elements from the coat of arms of the former districts Steinfurt, Tecklenburg and Münster. The swan in the middle comes from the earldom Steinfurt, the center of the district. The red bar around the swan symbolizes the clerical state Münster, which lay around the dukedom Steinfurt. The red water lily leaves were symbol of the dukes of Tecklenburg.

Towns and municipalities[change | change source]

Towns Municipalities
  1. Emsdetten
  2. Greven
  3. Hörstel
  4. Horstmar
  5. Ibbenbüren
  6. Lengerich
  7. Ochtrup
  8. Rheine
  9. Steinfurt
  10. Tecklenburg
  1. Altenberge
  2. Hopsten
  3. Ladbergen
  4. Laer
  5. Lienen
  6. Lotte
  7. Metelen
  1. Mettingen
  2. Neuenkirchen
  3. Nordwalde
  4. Recke
  5. Saerbeck
  6. Westerkappeln
  7. Wettringen

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