Märkischer Rural District facts for kids
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|• Total||1,058.949 km2 (408.862 sq mi)|
|• Density||431.9991/km2 (1,118.8725/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+2 (CEST)|
The district is twinned with
- Wales, Wrexham County Borough. This was started in 1970 by Iserlohn.
- Brandenburg, Elbe-Elster. This started as a twin with Finsterwalde before Finsterwald became a part of Elbe-Elster.
- Poland, Racibórz district.
Coat of arms
|The lion and fess chequey (a stripe (fess) made up of little squares (chequey))are taken from the old coat of arms of the district of Altena, which is from the arms of the Counts of the Mark. In the first half of the 13th century a seal with both the fess and the lion was in use, as first used by Adolf I of Altena (1199-1241). Engelbert I of the Mark (1249-1277) dropped the lion in his seal. The original colour of the lion was unknown, so a black lion with red tongue and claws was chosen, as in the arms of the Dukes of Jülich. The black cross comes from the arms of Cologne, as the eastern part of the area historically belonged to the Archbishops of Cologne.|
Towns and municipalities
|Cities (population)||Municipalities (population)|
Politics and administration
The district is led by a Landrat. The headquarters of the government of the county are in Lüdenscheid, but there are county halls with parts of the administration in Iserlohn and Altena, too. The police headquarters of the county are in Iserlohn.
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