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Cloppenburg (district)

State:Lower Saxony
Adm. Region:Weser-Ems
Area:1418 km²
Inhabitants:152,200 (2002)
pop. density:107 inh./km²
Car identification:CLP

Cloppenburg is a district in Lower Saxony, Germany. It is bounded by (from the north and clockwise) the districts of Ammerland, Oldenburg, Vechta, Osnabrück, Emsland and Leer.

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


The region was part of the county of Tecklenburg in medieval times. It was then for a long time (1400-1803) property of the bishop of Münster. In 1803 it was annexed by Oldenburg and remained a part of Oldenburg until 1945.

The district was established in 1933.


The district comprises the western portion of a historical region called Oldenburgisches Münsterland, which means "lands of Oldenburg formerly held by Münster". It is a plain countryside, which was originally swampy and full of tiny rivers and brooks.

Coat of arms

The coat of arms displays:
  • top left and top right: the cross as well as the red stripes are part of the arms of Oldenburg
  • bottom left: three water lilly leaves made up the arms of Tecklenburg
  • bottom right: red and yellow are the colours of Münster

Towns and municipalities

  1. Cloppenburg
  2. Friesoythe
  3. Löningen
  1. Barßel
  2. Bösel
  3. Cappeln
  4. Emstek
  5. Essen
  6. Garrel
  7. Lastrup
  8. Lindern
  9. Molbergen
  10. Saterland

External links

Official website (German)