Kleve (Cleves in English use) or Kreis Kleve is a Kreis (local-government district) in the Lower Rhine region of northwestern North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. Neighbouring districts are Borken, Wesel, and Viersen in Germany, and the Dutch provinces of Limburg and Gelderland.

Kleve (Cleves)
Coordinates: 51°40′N 6°15′E / 51.667°N 6.250°E / 51.667; 6.250Coordinates: 51°40′N 6°15′E / 51.667°N 6.250°E / 51.667; 6.250
CountryGermany
StateNorth Rhine-Westphalia
Adm. regionDüsseldorf
CapitalKleve (Cleves)
Area
 • Total1,232.15 km2 (475.74 sq mi)
Population
 (31 December 2018)[1]
 • Total310,974
 • Density250/km2 (650/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Vehicle registrationKLE, GEL
Websitekreis-kleve.de

HistoryEdit

The district in its present borders was created in 1975 when the former district of Kleve and Geldern was merged with the Rees District towns of Emmerich and Rees and the Moers District municipality of Rheurdt.

The two precursor districts had been created in 1816 when the whole of the Rhineland became a province of Prussia. Territorially they corresponded roughly to the historic duchies of Cleves and Guelders.

GeographyEdit

The district is located in the lower valley of the Rhine, in the region where that river flows into the Netherlands.

Coat of armsEdit

The coat of arms, which was granted in 1983, combines the shields of the two constituent duchies.

The dexter side depicts the emblem of the dukes of Cleves: On a red (gules) field a white (argent) escutcheon (shield shape) with an eightfold fleur-de-lys (escarbuncle/metal shield reinforcement). The sinister side shows a golden (or) lion (in rampant position) on a blue (azure) field (background): the emblem of the dukes of Geldern.

Towns and municipalitiesEdit

 
Towns and municipalities in Kreis Kleve
Towns (Städte) Municipalities (Gemeinden)
  1. Emmerich am Rhein
  2. Geldern
  3. Goch
  4. Kalkar
  5. Kevelaer
  6. Kleve (Cleves)
  7. Rees
  8. Straelen
  1. Bedburg-Hau
  2. Issum
  3. Kerken
  4. Kranenburg
  5. Rheurdt
  6. Uedem
  7. Wachtendonk
  8. Weeze

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Bevölkerung der Gemeinden Nordrhein-Westfalens am 31. Dezember 2018" (in German). Landesbetrieb Information und Technik NRW. Retrieved 10 July 2019.

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