|pop. density:||48 inh./km²|
Parchim is a Kreis (district) in the southwestern part of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Germany. Neighboring districts are (from the north clockwise) Nordwestmecklenburg, Güstrow, Müritz, the district Prignitz in Brandenburg, the district Ludwigslust and the district-free city Schwerin.
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3 Coat of arms
4 Towns and municipalities
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Most of the district is now agriculturally used, but in the easternmost part there are several lakes, the largest of them being the Plauer See (39 km²). The Plauer See marks the western end of the Müritz lakeland.
Until 1994 the present-day district was divided into the three districts of Parchim, Sternberg and Lübz. The borders of the district are roughly identical with the medieval principality of Parchim-Riechenberg, which existed between 1238 and 1316.
|The coat of arms shows a bull's head, which is both the symbol of the former Estate of Parchim, as well as of Mecklenburg into which it was incorporated in 1471. The two blue corners symbolize the two biggest lakes of the district - the Schweriner See and the Plauer See.|