Dahme-Spreewald (Lower Sorbian: Wokrejs Damna-Błota) is a district in Brandenburg, Germany. It is bounded by (from the east and clockwise) the districts of Oder-Spree, Spree-Neiße, Oberspreewald-Lausitz, Elbe-Elster and Teltow-Fläming, and by the city of Berlin.

Dahme-Spreewald
CountryGermany
StateBrandenburg
CapitalLübben
Area
 • Total2,261 km2 (873 sq mi)
Population
 (31 December 2018)[1]
 • Total169,067
 • Density75/km2 (190/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Vehicle registrationLDS
Websitedahme-spreewald.de

HistoryEdit

The Spreewald region has always been a centre of Sorbian culture. In medieval times the cities of Lübben and Luckau had successively been capitals of the margravate of Lower Lusatia. From 1815 on Lower Lusatia was a part of Prussia. Throughout the 19th century the region remained an agriculturally used area, some urbanisation taking place in the very north (close to Berlin) only.

When the state of Brandenburg was newly founded in 1990, the districts of Lübben, Luckau and Königs Wusterhausen had been established. In 1993 the three districts were merged.

GeographyEdit

The Spree river enters the district in the southeast and leaves to the northeast. The wooded regions along its banks are called Spreewald. The Spreewald is the westernmost part of Lusatia. Especially the cities of Lübben and Lübbenau welcome many tourists each year, offering boat trips and relaxing holidays in the beautiful Spreewald nature.

The Dahme river is a tributary of the Spree. It forms many lakes in the northern part of the district. The Dahme leaves the district towards Berlin, where it is occasionally used for boat races. Eventually, it joins the Spree.

DemographyEdit

YearPop.±% p.a.
1875 83,381—    
1890 87,772+0.34%
1910 103,543+0.83%
1925 109,281+0.36%
1933 120,359+1.21%
1939 137,972+2.30%
1946 162,990+2.41%
1950 161,884−0.17%
1964 151,847−0.46%
1971 151,350−0.05%
1981 148,279−0.20%
1985 147,508−0.13%
1989 144,791−0.46%
1990 142,899−1.31%
YearPop.±% p.a.
1991 140,836−1.44%
1992 141,714+0.62%
1993 141,701−0.01%
1994 142,819+0.79%
1995 144,990+1.52%
1996 147,871+1.99%
1997 150,995+2.11%
1998 154,894+2.58%
1999 157,341+1.58%
2000 158,994+1.05%
2001 159,568+0.36%
2002 159,923+0.22%
2003 160,173+0.16%
2004 161,179+0.63%
YearPop.±% p.a.
2005 161,937+0.47%
2006 161,756−0.11%
2007 161,699−0.04%
2008 161,482−0.13%
2009 161,708+0.14%
2010 161,805+0.06%
2011 160,108−1.05%
2012 160,314+0.13%
2013 160,793+0.30%
2014 161,952+0.72%
2015 164,528+1.59%
2016 166,074+0.94%
2017 167,319+0.75%
2018 169,067+1.04%

Coat of armsEdit

  The coat of arms displays:
  • top left: the bull is the heraldic animal of Lusatia
  • top right: the eagle is the heraldic animal of Brandenburg
  • bottom: the crown symbolises the former hunting lodge of the Prussian kings, which was in Königs Wusterhausen

Towns and municipalitiesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Bevölkerung im Land Brandenburg nach amtsfreien Gemeinden, Ämtern und Gemeinden 31. Dezember 2018". Amt für Statistik Berlin-Brandenburg (in German). July 2019.
  2. ^ Detailed data sources are to be found in the Wikimedia Commons.Population Projection Brandenburg at Wikimedia Commons

External linksEdit