Viersen Rural District

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Viersen
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Country23x15px Germany
StateNorth Rhine-Westphalia
Adm. regionDüsseldorf
CapitalViersen
Area
 • TotalTemplate:Infobox settlement/metric
Population
 (2002)
 • Total304,112
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Vehicle registrationVIE
Websitehttp://www.kreis-viersen.de

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

History

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

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

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>

Other websites

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