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Borken (district)

Statistics
State:North Rhine-Westphalia
Adm. Region:Münster
Capital:Borken
Area:1,417.83 km²
Inhabitants:362,834 (2002)
pop. density:256 inh./km²
Car identification:BOR
Homepage:http://www.kreis-borken.de
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Borken is a Kreis (district) in the northwestern part of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. Neighboring districts are Bentheim, Steinfurt, Coesfeld, Recklinghausen, Wesel, Cleves, and the dutch provinces Gelderland and Overijssel.

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History

During the era of the Holy Roman Empire the area was subordinate to the bishopric of Münster for centuries. In 1803 the bishops lost this territory, and the short-lived principality of Salm[?] was founded. After the Napoleonic Wars the region became a part of the Prussian province of Westphalia in 1815. At that time the district was created, together with the district Ahaus. In 1923 the city Bocholt left the district and became a district-free city. In 1975 the district got it's current size by incorporating the district Ahaus, Bocholt[?], and small parts of the districts Rees, Recklinghausen and Coesfeld.

Geography

The district is located in the western part of the Münsterland, a rather flat and rural area.

Coat of arms

The colors of the coat of arms were chosed to be the same as those of Münster, the long-time owner of the region. The three white anchors in the middle derive from the coat of arms of the Herrschaft Anholt. It's depicted three times to show the three main parts the district was created from - the old district Borken, the district Ahaus and the city Bocholt[?].

Towns and municipalities

  1. Ahaus[?]
  2. Bocholt[?]
  3. Borken
  4. Gescher[?]
  5. Gronau[?]
  6. Isselburg[?]
  7. Rhede[?]
  8. Stadtlohn[?]
  9. Vreden[?]
    Municipalities
  1. Heek[?]
  2. Heiden[?]
  3. Legden[?]
  4. Raesfeld[?]
  5. Reken[?]
  6. Schöppingen[?]
  7. Südlohn[?]
  8. Velen

External links Official Website (http://www.kreis-borken.de) (German)



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