Saterland (Saterland Frisian: Seelterlound) is a municipality in the district of Cloppenburg, in Lower Saxony, Germany. It is situated between the cities of Leer, Cloppenburg, and Oldenburg. It is home to the ethnic group the Saterland Frisians whose language is still used.

Saterland
Flag of Saterland
Flag
Coat of arms of Saterland
Coat of arms
Location of Saterland within Cloppenburg district
Cloppenburg (district)Lower SaxonyGarrelBöselFriesoytheBarßelSaterlandLöningenEssenCappelnLastrupLindernCloppenburgMolbergenEmstekOsnabrück (district)EmslandLeer (district)AmmerlandOldenburg (district)Vechta (district)Saterland in CLP.svg
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Saterland is located in Germany
Saterland
Saterland
Saterland is located in Lower Saxony
Saterland
Saterland
Coordinates: 53°2′N 7°43′E / 53.033°N 7.717°E / 53.033; 7.717Coordinates: 53°2′N 7°43′E / 53.033°N 7.717°E / 53.033; 7.717
CountryGermany
StateLower Saxony
DistrictCloppenburg
Subdivisions4 districts
Government
 • MayorHubert Frye (CDU)
Area
 • Total123.62 km2 (47.73 sq mi)
Elevation
5 m (16 ft)
Population
 (2018-12-31)[1]
 • Total13,645
 • Density110/km2 (290/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
26683
Dialling codes0 44 92 (Scharrel, Sedelsberg) 0 44 98 (Ramsloh, Strücklingen)
Vehicle registrationCLP
Websitewww.saterland.de

The municipality of Saterland was formed in 1974, when the smaller municipalities Strücklingen (Strukelje in Saterland Frisian), Ramsloh (Roomelse), Sedelsberg (Seeidelsbierich) and Scharrel (Schäddel) were merged.

A bilingual German-Saterland Frisian roadsign

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HistoryEdit

In medieval times, Saterland was a sandy region occupying an area of about 15 km long by 1–4 km wide surrounded by marshes. It was settled between the 10th and 13th centuries by Frisians from East Frisia. Being relatively isolated, the inhabitants developed their own form of the East Frisian language, Saterland Frisian, which survives to this day. The "Saterfriesen," as the speakers of this language are called in German, are the smallest minority recognized by the federal government.

Notable placesEdit

On the area of the municipality of Saterland is the VLF transmitter DHO38, a large VLF transmitter of the German Navy for sending commands to submarines.

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