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Cleves (district)

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State:North Rhine-Westphalia
Adm. Region:Düsseldorf
Capital:Cleves (Kleve)
Area:1,232.15 km²
Inhabitants:302,946 (2001)
pop. density:244 inh./km²
Car identification:KLE

Cleves (german Kleve) is a Kreis (district) in the north-west of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. Neighboring districts are Borken, Wesel, Viersen and the dutch provinces Limburg and Gelderland.

Table of contents
1 History
2 Geography
3 Coat of arms
4 Towns and municipalities
5 External links


The district in its present borders was created in 1975 when the former district Cleves and Geldern, and the cities Emmerich and Rees from the district Rees and the municipality Rheurdt from the district Moers were merged.

The two precursor districts were created in 1816 when the whole rhineland became a province of Prussia. They roughly covered the historic dukedomes of Cleves and Geldern.


The district is located at the lower rhine valley, where the Rhine rivers flows into the Netherlands.

Coat of arms

The coat of arms combines the two coats of the two former parts. In the left half the sign of the dukes of Cleves is shown, a white shield (escutcheon) with an eight-fold lily sign. The right half shows the golden lion on blue ground, the sign of the dukes of Geldern. The coat of arms was granted in 1983.

Towns and municipalities

  1. Emmerich
  2. Geldern
  3. Goch
  4. Kalkar
  5. Kevelaer
  6. Cleves (Kleve)
  7. Rees
  8. Straelen
  1. Bedburg-Hau
  2. Issum
  3. Kerken
  4. Kranenburg
  5. Rheurdt
  6. Uedem
  7. Wachtendonk
  8. Weeze

External links

Official website (German)