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Counties (Germany)

Kreise / Landkreise

Last modified: 2003-08-09 by santiago dotor
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Introduction to County Flags

I recently posted some flags of German counties, as far as I knew them. However, this series is far from complete as there are many more counties on which I had no information. Just to give an overview of where that puts us, here are the numbers of flags posted and counties in total per federal state:

Baden-Württemberg           6 flags out of 35 counties
Bavaria                    11              71
Brandenburg                 4              14
Hesse                       2              21
Mecklenburg-West Pomerania  4              12
Lower Saxony                3              38
North Rhine-Westphalia      4              31
Rhineland-Palatinate        7              24
Schleswig-Holstein          5              11
None from Saar, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt nor Thuringia. In total, that makes 46 flags out of 323 counties. Thanks to Falko Schmidt who took the time to look at the flags and compare them with his own notes before they were posted and corrected me several times.

Stefan Schwoon, 12 February 2001

The entities referred to on this website as 'counties' are called Kreise in the communal constitutions [Kommunalverfassungen] of North Rhine-Westphalia and Schleswig-Holstein and Landkreise in the other states. This distinction does not in itself imply a difference in status, however, and the terms Kreise and Landkreise are in general used interchangeably.

Stefan Schwoon, 25 October 2001

Counties / Kreise or Landkreise