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Diepholz (district)

State:Lower Saxony
Adm. Region:Hanover
Area:1987 km²
Inhabitants:211,200 (2000)
pop. density:106 inh./km²
Car identification:DH

Diepholz is a district in Lower Saxony, Germany. It is bounded by (from the northeast and clockwise) the districts of Verden, Nienburg, Minden-Lübbecke (in North Rhine-Westphalia, Osnabrück, Vechta and Oldenburg, and by the cities of Delmenhorst and Bremen.

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


From the 12th century to 1585 Diepholz was an earldom within the Holy Roman Empire. At the beginning of the 16th century there was great pressure from the powerful duchy of Brunswick-Lüneburg, which tried to annex the smaller states. By forming an alliance with the neighbouring Hoya and asking help from the emperor himself the state of Diepholz managed to survive some more decades. In 1585 the ruling family became extinct, and Diepholz was eventually annexed by Brunswick-Lüneburg.

The district was established in 1932 by merging the former districts of Diepholz and Sulingen. The former district of Diepholz was roughly identical to the medieval state, while the Sulingen district had been a part of the earldom of Hoya.


The district extends from the southern outskirts of Bremen to the border of North Rhine-Westphalia. In the south there is the Dümmer, a lake with an area of 16 km², which is surrounded by fens. Many rare bird species breed in the reeds around the lake. The northern portions of the district are occupied by forests and agricultural lands.

Coat of arms

The lion is taken from the original arms of the county of Diepholz. The bear claws are from the arms of Hoya (since Sulingen was a part of that county in medieval times).

Towns and municipalities

  1. Bassum
  2. Diepholz
  3. Sulingen
  4. Syke
  5. Twistringen
  1. Barnstorf
  2. Bruchhausen-Vilsen
  3. Kirchdorf
  4. Lemförde
  5. Rehden
  6. Schwaförden
  7. Siedenburg
    Free municipalities
  1. Stuhr
  2. Wagenfeld
  3. Weyhe

External links

Official website (German)
Lake Dümmer (German)