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Berlin has since the 1st January 2001 a new administrative division. The number of the districts decreased from 23 to 12 districts. The districts of Spandau, Reinickendorf and Neukölln remained with the borders of 1920, and keep on flying the flags adopted in the 1950s. The other districts have merged so that groups of two or three districts were joined into one. All new districts may adopt new coats-of-arms and flags. As soon as the flags of the district parliaments are adopted, I will report them.
Jens Pattke, 12 February 2001
Berlin is divided in 12 districts presently. The Berlin district is called in German Bezirk. The flag and the coat of arms are thus called Bezirksflagge and Bezirkswappen. The name Stadtbezirk (city district) is also used.
Jens Pattke, 14 February 2001
From the Berlin official website:
Since reunification in 1990, Berlin [was] divided into 23 boroughs. (...) On 1 January 2001, the number of boroughs was reduced from 23 to 12 in the course of borough reform. Without splitting any of the existing boroughs, they were combined to form larger, comparable administrative units with about 300,000 inhabitants each. (...) Only the three largest boroughs, Neukölln, Reinickendorf and Spandau remained unchanged. The others were integrated into larger administrative units while preserving the respective former borders. At the same time, the new borough structure achieved a certain balance in the number of inhabitants. (...) The new districts in detail (as of September 1999):
- Mitte [-Tiergarten-Wedding] (322,138 inhabitants)
- Friedrichshain - Kreuzberg (249,038 inhabitants)
- Prenzlauer Berg - Weißensee - Pankow (330,673 inhabitants)
- Charlottenburg - Wilmersdorf (318,731 inhabitants)
- Spandau (223,678 inhabitants)
- Zehlendorf - Steglitz (288,589 inhabitants)
- Tempelhof - Schöneberg (338,670 inhabitants)
- Neukölln (307,448 inhabitants)
- Treptow - Köpenick (228,253 inhabitants)
- Marzahn - Hellersdorf (269,433 inhabitants)
- Lichtenberg - Hohenschönhausen (268,265 inhabitants)
- Reinickendorf (247,431 inhabitants)
Santiago Dotor, 4 December 2001
The district flags are the official flags used by the administrations of the districts in Berlin (state usage or ). They are flown from city district buildings as well as on vehicles of the district mayors. Flag hoisting days are established by the Verordnung über die Beflaggung öffentlicher Gebäude, Anlagen und Fahrzeuge (Beflaggungsverordnung) or "Regulation on the hoisting of flags on public buildings, plants and vehicles" of 21st June 1972. District flags are flown without special order on:
District flags are also flown without authorization in social-democratic and communist-ruled districts on Christopher Street Day together with the rainbow-flag of the gay and lesbian movement.
Finally, the Spandau district flag is flown constantly since 1997 from the district hall building, a breach of the law.
Jens Pattke, 18 February 2001
3:5 | stripes 1+3+1
by Jens Pattke
Here is the generic construction sheet for the flags of Berlin districts. Source: Ausführungsvorschrift zum Gesetz über das Hoheitszeichen des Landes von Berlin, 16 December 1986, published under chapter 40 im Dienstblatt des Senates von Berlin, part I, no. 3, 23 January 1987, p. 17.
Jens Pattke, 22 February 2001
Here is a small bibliography of Berlin (my sources):
Jens Pattke, 16 February 2001