Borken district

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Coat of arms of the Borken district Map of Germany, position of the Borken district highlighted

Coordinates: 51 ° 51 '  N , 6 ° 51'  E

Basic data
State : North Rhine-Westphalia
Administrative region : Muenster
Regional association : Westphalia-Lippe
Administrative headquarters : Bark
Area : 1,420.98 km 2
Residents: 371,339 (Dec. 31, 2019)
Population density : 261 inhabitants per km 2
License plate : BOR, AH, BOH
Circle key : 05 5 54
Circle structure: 17 municipalities
Address of the
district administration:
Burloer Strasse 93
46325 Borken
Website :
District Administrator : Kai Zwicker ( CDU )
Location of the Borken district in North Rhine-Westphalia
Niederlande Belgien Niedersachsen Rheinland-Pfalz Hessen Essen Wuppertal Solingen Remscheid Hagen Ennepe-Ruhr-Kreis Bochum Dortmund Herne Gelsenkirchen Bottrop Oberhausen Mülheim an der Ruhr Duisburg Kreis Mettmann Düsseldorf Rhein-Kreis Neuss Kreis Heinsberg Mönchengladbach Krefeld Kreis Viersen Kreis Wesel Kreis Kleve Rhein-Erft-Kreis Kreis Düren Rheinisch-Bergischer Kreis Oberbergischer Kreis Kreis Recklinghausen Kreis Borken Kreis Unna Märkischer Kreis Kreis Olpe Hamm Kreis Soest Kreis Coesfeld Kreis Steinfurt Kreis Warendorf Leverkusen Köln Städteregion Aachen Bonn Rhein-Sieg-Kreis Städteregion Aachen Kreis Euskirchen Münster Kreis Siegen-Wittgenstein Hochsauerlandkreis Kreis Paderborn Kreis Gütersloh Kreis Höxter Kreis Lippe Kreis Herford Kreis Minden-Lübbecke Bielefeldmap
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The district of Borken is a regional authority in Westmünsterland and is located on the Lower Rhine Plain in the north-west of North Rhine-Westphalia . It was created on January 1, 1975 in the course of the district reform through the Münster / Hamm Act , belongs to the Münster administrative district and is a member of the Westphalia-Lippe Regional Association . The seat of the district is the city of Borken . The largest city in the Borken district is Bocholt .


Spatial location

The district of Borken in Westmünsterland has a 108 km long border with the Netherlands in the west . The maximum north-south extension is 57 km, the maximum west-east extension is 61 km. The highest point is a foothills of the Baumberge called Schöppinger Berg at 154 m above sea level. At 14 m above sea level, the Issel valley near Anholt is the lowest point in the district. 42.8% of the area of ​​the district of Borken (608.4 km²) is designated as a landscape protection area, 48.4 km² is a nature reserve .

District communities

The district of Borken is divided into 17 municipalities belonging to the district , three of which are medium-sized towns and one large town . The municipalities are generally responsible for their local affairs, while the district takes on local and otherwise supra-regional tasks for smaller municipalities.

Kreis Borken Nordrhein-Westfalen Kreis Kleve Kreis Wesel Kreis Coesfeld Kreis Coesfeld Niedersachsen Kreis Steinfurt Niederlande Raesfeld Heiden Rhede Bocholt Borken Reken Velen Stadtlohn Heek Ahaus Gescher Legden Schöppingen Gronau Vreden Südlohn IsselburgMunicipalities in BOR.svg
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Cities Communities
  1. Ahaus , middle district town (39,381)
  2. Bocholt , large district city (71,113)
  3. Borken , Middle District City (42,629)
  4. Gescher (17,254)
  5. Gronau (Westphalia) , middle district town (48,321)
  6. Isselburg (10,636)
  7. Rhede (19,299)
  8. STADTLOHN (20,283)
  9. Velen (13,107)
  10. Vreden (22,670)
  1. Heek (8,653)
  2. Pagans (8,218)
  3. Legden (7,326)
  4. Raesfeld (11,431)
  5. Reken (14,888)
  6. Schöppingen (6.868)
  7. Südlohn (9,262)

As of December 31, 2019

Neighboring districts or provinces

The district of Borken borders clockwise to the north, beginning with the Lower Saxony district of Grafschaft Bentheim (2 km) and the districts of Steinfurt (33 km), Coesfeld (51 km), Recklinghausen (29 km), Wesel (45 km) and Kleve (10 km). In the north-west it borders over 108 km on the Dutch provinces of Gelderland and Overijssel .


In the course of the municipal reorganization , the previous districts of Ahaus and Borken were dissolved on December 31, 1974 and together with the independent city of Bocholt , the district city of Isselburg (formerly Rees district ) and the communities of Erle (formerly Recklinghausen district ) and Gescher (formerly Coesfeld district ) merged with effect from January 1, 1975 to form the new Borken district. The municipality of Dingden , which had previously belonged to the old district of Borken, was attached to the newly formed municipality of Hamminkeln in the new district of Wesel .

In 1975 the district of Borken consisted of nine towns and eight municipalities. In 2012 the municipality of Velen was elevated to a city.

Population development

Population development in the Borken district from 1975 to 2015
year Residents
1975 289,649
1980 299,578
1985 307.162
1990 320,580
1995 342,688
2000 359,573
2005 369.112
2010 369,633
2015 369,666


Election of the Borken District Assembly in 2014
in percent
Gains and losses
compared to 2009
 % p
+ 2.3  % p
+ 0.7  % p
+ 0.2  % p
-2.2  % p
-4.6  % p
-0.4  % p
+ 2.1  % p.p.
+1.4  % p
+ 0.4  % p
Allocation of seats in the
Borkener district assembly 2014
A total of 60 seats

District council

Since the 2014 local elections, representatives from seven parties and two groups of voters have been represented in the district council of Borken . The CDU holds the majority of the mandates.

Currently there is the following distribution of seats according to parliamentary groups in the district council (as of September 2014):

CDU SPD Green UWG / city party Non-attached total
31 14th 5 5 5 60
City Party 1
Die Linke 1
AfD 1
Piraten 1

In the past election periods, the district council was composed as follows:

District council for the district of Borken: share of voters and mandates since 1994
Electoral term CDU SPD FDP Alliance 90 / The Greens Independent constituency of the district of Borken The left City party fl Day
XII 1994-1999 51.1 33 31.5 20th 2.7 - 7.0 4th 7.7 4th 64
XIII 1999-2004 59.1 35 25.1 15th 2.9 2 4.9 3 8.0 5 60
XIV 2004-2009 55.2 33 21.7 13 6.0 4
7.3 4th 9.8 6th - -
XV 2009-2014 49.5 30th 21.9 13 8.8 5 8.2 5 8.2 5 2.5 1 0.9 1 60

Coat of arms, banner and flag

Banner, coat of arms and flag
Banner of the district of Borken.svg Wappen Kreis Borken.svg
Flag of the Borken.svg district

Description: "In yellow (gold) a red bar covered with three white (silver) wall anchors."

The coat of arms approved by the district president in Münster on May 14, 1979 is based on the coat of arms of the Hochstift Münster , to which large parts of the district belonged with the exception of the lords of Gemen and Anholt . The wall anchors come from the coat of arms of the Lords of Zuylen, who owned the former Anholt estate. The three wall anchors also symbolize the composition of the new district from the old districts of Ahaus and Borken and the independent city of Bocholt.

The coat of arms of the old district of Borken, which was approved on May 10, 1955, lost its validity when the district was re-established. Therefore a competition was organized in 1975, the result of which, however, was not well received. The heraldist Waldemar Mallek was commissioned to revise an old draft from him.

The circle's banner is split in red and yellow with the coat of arms above the middle; the flag is divided in red and yellow with the applied coat of arms in the middle shifted towards the pole.

District administrators


The Borken district museum is located in Vreden . Until the end of 2014 it was called the Hamaland Museum . After extensive renovations as part of the Regionale 2016 , it was reopened in 2017 under the new name kult - Culture and Lively Tradition Westmünsterland . It is the largest cultural history museum in western Münsterland. The previous permanent exhibition showed exhibits on the history of the region, on church history, on nature and handicrafts, handicrafts and housekeeping. The outstanding exhibit is the Sixtus chasuble , a sacred garment from the 7th century. The chasuble is one of the oldest preserved textiles in Germany. The museum also regularly shows special exhibitions and offers an extensive museum educational program. From April to October a historical courtyard complex consisting of ten buildings can be visited, which is located about 200 m away in the city park of Vreden.

In 2005 the Borken district was the location and host of the Sculpture Biennale Münsterland .


air traffic

The closest commercial airports are Niederrhein , Dortmund , Düsseldorf and Münster / Osnabrück airports .

Private and business flyers can use the Stadtlohn-Vreden airfield . Borken-Hoxfeld airfield is also available to glider pilots and powered aircraft .

Rail transport

The Borken district is accessed by five railway lines:

Local rail passenger transport is carried out by DB Regio NRW , NordWestBahn and Abellio Rail NRW .


The district of Borken is accessed by two federal motorways and six federal highways:

License Plate

On July 1, 1956, the Borken district was assigned the distinctive sign BOR when the vehicle license plates were introduced . After its dissolution, the newly founded Borken district continued to use the license plate on January 1, 1975. The distinctive signs AH (Ahaus) and BOH (Bocholt) have also been available since February 1, 2013 .


Weaving room in the Textile Museum Bocholt

In the 2016 Future Atlas , the Borken district was ranked 198th out of 402 districts, municipal associations and urban districts in Germany, making it one of the regions with a “balanced risk-opportunity mix” for the future.

The textile industry, with large spinning mills, weaving mills and sewing mills, had a major impact on industrialization in today's district. The textile museum in Bocholt reminds of this.

Today, it is mainly small and medium-sized companies and craft businesses that shape the economy in rural Westmünsterland. The central location between the Dutch Achterhoek , the Westphalian Münster and the Ruhr area offers great potential . As a result, various logistics companies have discovered the location for themselves. In the cities of Ahaus, Stadtlohn and Vreden, the graphics and printing industries are of noteworthy importance. In the area of ​​furniture production and sales, the Hülsta company based in Stadtlohn should be mentioned. The numerous farms and the many companies directly and indirectly associated with agriculture also support the economic strength of the district. The economic development of the district of Borken was honored in the competition Grand Prize for medium-sized companies in 2006 as “Municipality of the Year”, in 2012 as “Premier Municipality” and in 2018 with the “Premier Honor Plaque”.

International companies are also represented in the circle. Gigaset Communications operates a factory in Bocholt for the production of cordless telephones and Flender GmbH (formerly "A. Friedr. Flender AG") (now part of the Siemens group ) is the world market leader in drive technology. The Urenco Group operates Germany's only uranium enrichment plant in Gronau .

The largest contiguous industrial area in North Rhine-Westphalia is the Bocholt industrial park with more than 200 companies and over 6,000 employees.


A department of the Westphalian University of Applied Sciences Gelsenkirchen Bocholt Recklinghausen is located in Bocholt . The following courses can be found in the modern campus building on Münsterstrasse: information technology, international management, mechatronics, economics, industrial engineering and business informatics. The bionics course has also been offered since the 2010/11 winter semester.

The State Music Academy of North Rhine-Westphalia is located in Heek- Nienborg as the state central institution for musical training, further education and training. With courses, seminars, conferences, concerts and projects, it is aimed at amateur musicians, music educators from all areas, young musicians and those interested.


  • Radio: Radio WMW (Westmünsterlandwelle) broadcasts on the private radio network of Radio NRW for the district of Borken . It is broadcast from Borken.
  • Television: The regional broadcaster " " from Bocholt broadcast regional news from the districts of Borken, Recklinghausen, Steinfurt and Coesfeld until 2014.
  • Newspaper: The Borkener Zeitung reports from Borken on weekdays .
  • Newspaper: The Bocholter-Borkener Volksblatt reports from Bocholt on weekdays , which is distributed by Temming-Verlag.

See also


  • Heinz Heineberg , Klaus Temlitz (ed.): The district of Borken (=  cities and communities in Westphalia . Volume 9 ). 1st edition. Aschendorff, Münster 2004, ISBN 3-402-06272-0 .

Web links

Commons : Kreis Borken  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Population of the municipalities of North Rhine-Westphalia on December 31, 2019 - update of the population based on the census of May 9, 2011. State Office for Information and Technology North Rhine-Westphalia (IT.NRW), accessed on June 17, 2020 .  ( Help on this )
  2. a b District Borken (Ed.): Facts and Figures 2006. Borken 2005.
  3. Population of the municipalities of North Rhine-Westphalia on December 31, 2019 - update of the population based on the census of May 9, 2011. State Office for Information and Technology North Rhine-Westphalia (IT.NRW), accessed on June 17, 2020 .  ( Help on this )
  4. ^ Federal Statistical Office (ed.): Historical municipality directory for the Federal Republic of Germany. Name, border and key number changes in municipalities, counties and administrative districts from May 27, 1970 to December 31, 1982 . W. Kohlhammer, Stuttgart / Mainz 1983, ISBN 3-17-003263-1 , p. 312 f .
  5. ^ State database North Rhine-Westphalia
  6. The State Returning Officer, ea
  7. Main statutes of the district of Borken from June 17, 2014, § 3 para. 1.
  8. Coats of arms of the cities and municipalities in the Borken district and their origins, website in the portal , accessed on August 9, 2015
  9. ^ Peter Veddeler: Coats of arms, seals, flags. Münster 2003, ISBN 3-87023-252-8 , pp. 69, 304.
  10. Zukunftsatlas 2016. 2016, archived from the original on October 2, 2017 ; accessed on May 24, 2019 (original website no longer available).
  11. ↑ Laudatory speeches. Retrieved May 9, 2019 .