Viersen Rural District

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Viersen
District
Coordinates: 51°16′N 6°24′E / 51.27°N 6.4°E / 51.27; 6.4Coordinates: 51°16′N 6°24′E / 51.27°N 6.4°E / 51.27; 6.4
Country  Germany
State North Rhine-Westphalia
Adm. region Düsseldorf
Capital Viersen
Area
 • Total 563.29 km2 (217.49 sq mi)
Population (2002)
 • Total 304,112
 • Density 539.885/km2 (1,398.297/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Vehicle registration VIE

Viersen is a Kreis (district) in the west of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.

History[change | change source]

In 1816, the new Prussian government created the district of Kempen. In 1929 the district was made a lot bigger and renamed Kempen-Krefeld.

In 1975 the district again changed its borders and was renamed to Viersen even though Kempen remained the capital. Viersen city replace Kempen as the capital in 1984.

Since 1983 the district has had been twinned with Cambridgeshire in England.

Coat of arms[change | change source]

Coat of arms At the top of the coat of arms is the black cross of the Cologne bishops, as the district used to belong to the clerical state Cologne. The golden lion on blue ground is the symbol of the duchy of Guelders; the black lion on golden ground the symbol of the duchy of Jülich.

Cities and municipalities[change | change source]

district-depending municipalities
16.211 inhabitants
15.929 inhabitants
15.457 inhabitants
19.279 inhabitants
medium district-depending cities
36.323 inhabitants
42.434 inhabitants
30.238 inhabitants
51.939 inhabitants
large district-depending cities
76.330 inhabitants

based on data from: 31. December 2005>

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