District of Osnabrück

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

Coordinates: 52 ° 23 '  N , 8 ° 3'  E

Basic data
State : Lower Saxony
Administrative headquarters : Osnabrück
Area : 2,121.63 km 2
Residents: 358,080 (Dec. 31, 2019)
Population density : 169 inhabitants per km 2
License plate : OS , BSB, MEL, WTL
Circle key : 03 4 59
Circle structure: 34 municipalities
Address of the
district administration:
Am Schölerberg 1
49082 Osnabrück
Website : www.landkreis-osnabrueck.de
District Administrator : Anna Kebschull ( Greens )
Location of the district of Osnabrück in Lower Saxony
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The district of Osnabrück is located in the southwest of Lower Saxony in Germany . It belongs to the Northwest Metropolitan Region .

With 2121 km² it is the third largest municipal association in Lower Saxony after the neighboring district of Emsland and the Hanover region . It consists of 34 parishes, including eight cities. There are 17 unit municipalities and four joint communities with 17 member municipalities (1961 there were 261 municipalities). The size of the communities is between under 7,000 and more than 45,000 inhabitants. The district forms the main part of the Osnabrück region .

The independent city of Osnabrück, which does not belong to the district area, is located on the south-western edge of the district. It is the seat of the district administration.



The northern two thirds of the district area belong to the North German Plain with an altitude below 50  m above sea level. NHN . The mountain ranges of the Teutoburg Forest and Wiehengebirge run from west to east through the southern third of the district. The Hase flows through the area from south to north , while the Hunte runs in the east . Both rivers have their source in the district of Osnabrück.

Together with the independent city of Osnabrück, the district forms the Osnabrücker Land region . This is divided among others into the sub-regions Artland , Grönegau and Wittlager Land .

The landscape of the Tecklenburger Land in the west is the continuation of the Osnabrück Land in the neighboring state of North Rhine-Westphalia . It is often ascribed to the Münsterland , although it is historically, scenically and economically closer to the Osnabrück region.

Neighboring areas

The northern district borders in a clockwise direction in the northwest on the districts of Emsland , Cloppenburg , Vechta and Diepholz (all in Lower Saxony), the latter only for a few kilometers, as well as the districts of Minden-Lübbecke , Herford , Gütersloh , Warendorf and Steinfurt (all in North Rhine -Westphalia ).

Weather stations

In the district of Osnabrück there are weather stations in:

Nature reserves

There are 31 nature reserves in the Osnabrück district. The largest ( Suddenmoor / Anten ) has an area of ​​635 ha , the smallest ( Swatte Poele ) an area of ​​4.3 ha.

See also:



Today's district of Osnabrück, together with the independent city of Osnabrück, roughly encompasses the area of ​​the former bishopric of Osnabrück , which was an imperial direct bishopric until 1802 . In 1803 the area was assigned to the Kingdom of Hanover by the Reichsdeputationshauptschluss of the Congress of Vienna . From 1807 to 1813 it was under French rule , and then again until 1866 to belong to the Kingdom of Hanover. In that year Prussia annexed the Kingdom of Hanover as a result of the German War , so that the former Prince Diocese of Osnabrück also came to Prussia and became part of the Province of Hanover .

1885 to 1932

The original district of Osnabrück was formed in 1885 in the Prussian province of Hanover from the old Osnabrück office and assigned to the Osnabrück administrative district . The community of Schinkel left the district on April 1, 1914 and was incorporated into the city of Osnabrück.

1932 to 1972

During the Prussian district reform of 1932, the Iburg district was incorporated into the Osnabrück district, the area of ​​which almost doubled. On April 1, 1940, the municipality of Haste left the district and was incorporated into the city of Osnabrück. Since November 1, 1946, the Osnabrück region has been part of the newly founded state of Lower Saxony.

The first community mergers as part of the regional reform in Lower Saxony took place in the district of Osnabrück in 1968. On January 1, 1970, Sutthausen , which had previously belonged to the municipality of Holzhausen , was incorporated into Osnabrück.

1972 until today

A complete reorganization of the district and community boundaries resulted in the law on the reorganization of the communities in the Osnabrück area on July 1, 1972. The districts of Bersenbrück , Melle and Wittlage were merged with most of the then district of Osnabrück to form a new district of Osnabrück. The communities Atter , Darum , Gretesch , Hellern , Lüstringen , Nahne , Pye and Voxtrup were added to the independent city of Osnabrück .

In addition to changing borders, the regional reform of 1972 also resulted in the number of municipalities being considerably reduced by amalgamating them into larger units. In 1961 there were still a total of 261 communities in the four old districts, including 95 in the old district of Bersenbrück, 56 in the old district of Melle, 31 in the old district of Wittlage and 79 in the old district of Osnabrück. Eight of these were incorporated into the city of Osnabrück. The rest were combined to form the 34 unified congregations that exist today. In the northern district 17 of the unified communities merged to form the four joint communities Artland , Bersenbrück , Fürstenau and Neuenkirchen . The municipalities of the old district of Melle merged to form the town of Melle and in the old district of Wittlage, today's municipalities of Bad Essen , Bohmte and Ostercappeln emerged .

On March 1, 1974, Vörden , Hörsten and Hinnenkamp, three communities in the old district of Bersenbrück, were reclassified from the district of Osnabrück to the district of Vechta, where they became part of today's community of Neuenkirchen-Vörden .

Controversy over the riparian strips in 2019

After the district council in an FFH area in Melle had decided on a 1-meter strip of water at the edge of the water in spring 2019 , criticism came from the Federal Environment Ministry, which considered the 1-meter rule to be too low. Allowed in this area not fertilized and pesticides are applied, the living creatures in the water sector is not damaged. According to the Water Management Act, the waterfront strips are generally 5 meters, but the local authority can reduce this to 1 meter or remove it entirely. Since the district also had to define a waterfront strip for the FFH area "Bächten im Artland" during the course of the year, this sparked criticism. The district administration had also planned a protective strip of one meter for the FFH area "Bächten im Artland", although species worthy of protection such as the bullhead live in the corresponding waters . Since the district election was imminent, the various options were discussed intensively with the candidates.

After a controversial discussion, affected farmers brought the proposal of a 3-meter verge against payment of a corresponding compensation for the loss of cultivation.

In June, the District Administrator Michael Lübbersmann surprised shortly before the district election with a statement that up to 121,000 euros per year would be available as compensation for farmers who are affected by a wider strip of water. After the election, however, the district administration again favored the 1-meter verge, which the CDU also approved.

Matthias Liess from the Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research in Leipzig criticized the 1 meter distance as far too small. He referred to the city of Osnabrück, where a 5-meter strip is favored. Herbert Zucchi from the Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences resigned from the advisory board of the Osnabrück District Nature Conservation Foundation. In November 2017, he was elected to the Advisory Board of the Nature Conservation Foundation as a representative of the Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences .

On September 30th, the application for the protected area “Creeks in Artland” was passed through the district council with the votes of the CDU, FDP and AfD. The parliamentary groups of the SPD, the Greens and the electoral communities voted against the motion. For the streams in the FFH area, the 1 meter water distance was now valid.

Population development

year Residents source
1890 27,792
1900 30,416
1910 37,635
1925 34.105
1939 82,632
1950 117,534
1960 119,200
1970 139,600
1980 286,400
1990 309.876
2000 353.313
2010 356.123
2017 356.140


The area of ​​the Osnabrück district has been denominationally mixed since the Reformation . With the Peace of Westphalia , the parishes were divided up confessionally, but without significantly changing the mix. At that time, 25 parishes were defined as Catholic, 17 parishes as Lutheran, 7 parishes as mixed denominations (Catholic and Lutheran) in the Prince Diocese of Osnabrück, which largely coincides with today's district . Today the Lutherans belong to the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Hanover , the Catholics to the Diocese of Osnabrück . Since the Osnabrück region bordered on formerly Reformed territories, there have been Reformed people in the district since the 19th century. The denominational distribution has not fundamentally changed after 1945 , despite the influx of expellees . Since the 1950s, members of other evangelical denominations, Orthodox and Muslims have joined them. A change in denominational relationships only brought about the admission of ethnic repatriates from the former Soviet Union in the 1990s, which led to a reversal of denominational relationships in Bersenbrück, for example .


District administrators

From 1946 to 1949 Wilhelm Erpenbeck ( center / CDU ) was district administrator in the district of Osnabrück. He was followed by Walter Giesker (CDU) from 1949 to 1964 and Josef Tegeler (CDU) from 1964 to 1993.

In 1993, Manfred Hugo (CDU) followed. From July 1, 2002 to October 31, 2011, he was a full-time district administrator and thus both political representative and head of administration.

On September 11, 2011, Michael Lübbersmann (CDU) was elected as the new district administrator by the citizens of the district with 41.26% of the vote. He succeeded Manfred Hugo on November 1, 2011. Before that, he had been the full-time mayor of the joint municipality of Bersenbrück since 2001.

On June 16, 2019, Anna Kebschull ( Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen ) was elected as the new district administrator of the Osnabrück district. The incumbent District Administrator Michael Lübbersmann received the most votes in the first ballot on May 26, 2019, but could not prevail in the runoff election against the Green candidate. Michael Lübbersmann's successor was Anna Kebschull on November 1, 2019.

District administrators

District administrators before the local government reform in 1972

District council

District election 2016
Turnout: 57.91% (2006: 54.90%)
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Distribution of seats in the district council
20th 7th 28 
A total of 68 seats

The following table shows the results of past elections:

Parties and constituencies %
Christian Democratic Union of Germany 40.86 28 43.71 30th 49.50 34 51.21 36 35 33
Social Democratic Party of Germany 29.48 20th 33.16 23 34.80 24 34.86 24 24 25th
Alliance 90 / The Greens 10.54 7th 13.97 10 7.58 5 6.29 4th 5 5
Free Democratic Party 4.86 3 3.31 2 6.03 4th 5.81 4th 2 4th
Independent voter community (UWG) 4.09 3 3.24 2 0.88 1 - - - -
The left 3.23 2 2.10 1 - - - - - -
Groups of voters 1 2.82 0 1.22 0 1.79 1 1 -
AfD 5.56 4th -
total 100 68 100 68 100 68 100 68 67 67
voter turnout 57.91% 54.90% 57.27% 61.56% k. A. k. A.

Every five years the citizens of the Osnabrück district elect their representatives to the district council. The next election will take place in autumn 2021. Since the last local election on September 11, 2016, the district council has had 68 elected members and the district administrator . On September 10, 2018 Tanja Bojani switched from the AfD parliamentary group to the left parliamentary group in the district council.

The district council is the supreme body of the district. The district committee prepares the resolutions of the district council and decides on matters that do not have to be decided by the district council. The district committee includes eleven members who are entitled to vote and one member of the district council who is an advisory representative, depending on the size of the group.

Circular seat

District office in Osnabrück

The district administration of the district of Osnabrück has its seat in the city ​​of Osnabrück , which is largely enclosed by the district area but is not a district, and is therefore the only district administration in Lower Saxony that has its seat outside the district area. The background is that the city of Osnabrück is the historical center (previously as the capital of the Principality of Osnabrück and today as the regional center ).

District partnerships

Since 1999, a partnership for county Olsztyn ( Allenstein ) in northeast Poland. Out of historical ties and with a view to Poland joining the European Union, the Osnabrück district makes its special contribution to the development of German-Polish friendship. In the past few years, close communal ties have developed with Polish circles. In 2007, the district and the municipality of Bad Essen signed a declaration of cooperation with the Wałcz district ( Deutsch Krone ); There are close contacts to the Gryfino ( Greifenhagen ) district .

Regional Association

Advertisement at the Darpvenne Iron Age House for “ Magical Places ” in the district and in the city of Osnabrück

The Landschaftsverband Osnabrücker Land , a registered association sponsored by the district and the city of Osnabrück, takes care of cultural issues .

coat of arms

The coat of arms of the district of Osnabrück shows a hexagonal, red tower with a pointed, blue roof in gold, on a six-spoke black wheel with a silver background.

The Osnabrücker Rad is the most frequently used coat of arms in the Osnabrück district. It was introduced by the bishops of Osnabrück around 1200 and stands for the “chariot of God”, the throne chariot, and thus for the Christian Church. As a symbol for the gospels and the church, the majority believe that it is based on the vision of the prophet Ezekiel in the Old Testament . The wheel of the Diocese of Osnabrück is red on a silver background.

The tower is the keep of the Iburg , which was expanded into a residence by the Osnabrück bishop Benno in the 11th century. This tower is therefore also called "Bennoturm", which is historically incorrect, as it was only built under Conrad IV of Rietberg, bishop from 1482 to 1508. The wheel originally used by the bishops in red appears in black on the county coat of arms, as in the city of Osnabrück.

The district has had the coat of arms since 1947. The district council adopted it at a time when there was still no government agency that could grant or approve a coat of arms.

Vocational education

The district of Osnabrück is responsible for four vocational schools:

Economy and Transport

In the Future Atlas 2016 , the district of Osnabrück was ranked 170th out of 402 districts, municipal associations and independent cities in Germany, making it one of the regions with a "balanced risk-opportunity mix" for the future.

Road traffic

Federal motorways :

Federal highways :

By implementing the shared space concept, the municipality of Bohmte gained national recognition as the “first German city without traffic signs”.

Rail transport

The Hannoversche Westbahn reached Osnabrück in 1855, its extension to Rheine followed in 1856. The Cologne-Mindener Eisenbahn-Gesellschaft connected Osnabrück via the taxiway with Bremen in 1871 and with Münster in 1873 . This made the city an important rail hub.

The Oldenburg State Railroad opened another connection to the north in 1876 ​​with the line to Oldenburg , from which a line to Delmenhorst via Vechta branches off in Hesepe . The city of Fürstenau in the north-west of the district was connected to the railway network by the Rheinische Eisenbahn-Gesellschaft in 1879 with the Rheine – Quakenbrück railway. The state railway network was completed in 1886 by the Prussian State Railway with the Osnabrück – Bielefeld ("Haller Willem") line. The Georgsmarienhütte – Hasbergen railway line was built as early as 1865–1870 and was particularly important for freight traffic.

In addition, the Wittlager Kreisbahn opened a branch line Holzhausen-Heddinghausen- Bad Essen-Bohmte in 1900 with a connection to the main line Osnabrück-Bremen. It was followed in 1914 by a route from Bohmte to Damme . The Teutoburg Forest Railway (TWE) has operated from Ibbenbüren to Gütersloh via Bad Iburg and Bad Laer on the southern edge of the Teutoburg Forest since 1900/01 . The north of the district was opened up from 1904 by the Lingen – Berge – Quakenbrück small railway (750 mm gauge). The Ankum-Bersenbrücker Railway gave the municipality of Ankum a rail connection to the main line in 1915.

The district's own transport company Landkreis Osnabrück (VLO) now operates goods traffic on the route of the former Wittlager Kreisbahn . It also owns the Lower Saxony section of the “ Haller Willem ” railway line . The Georgsmarienhütte – Hasbergen railway is also only used for freight traffic and is operated by Georgsmarienhütte Eisenbahn- und Transport GmbH .

The railway network reached a maximum extent of more than 300 km. Of these, passenger traffic was shut down for 121 km:

  • 1952: Kleinbahn Lingen – Berge – Quakenbrück (29 km)
  • 1962: Wittlager Kreisbahn Damme – Hunteburg (6 km) and Ankum – Bersenbrücker Railway (5 km)
  • 1966: Wittlager Kreisbahn Hunteburg – Bohmte – Preußisch Oldendorf (24 km)
  • 1968: TWE Ibbenbüren – Gütersloh (15 km)
  • 1969: Quakenbrück – Rheine railway line (34 km)
  • 1978: Hasbergen – Georgsmarienhütte – Oesede (8 km)
  • 1984: "Haller Willem" Osnabrück – Dissen – Bad Rothenfelde (reactivated 2005).

Today the following railway lines are served in local passenger transport:

Local transport operators are DB Regio Nord , NordWestBahn , Westfalenbahn and Eurobahn

Bus transport

PlaNOs Planungsgesellschaft Nahverkehr Osnabrück acts as the responsible body for public transport in the district . This is a joint subsidiary of Stadtwerke Osnabrück and the district. It creates the local transport plans for the district.

The bus transport in the district is operated by the following companies:

The community tariff of the Verkehrsgemeinschaft Osnabrück applies .

air traffic

The nearest international airport is Münster / Osnabrück Airport near Greven . There are the following airfields in the district:

Water transport


The district of Osnabrück is divided into 34 municipalities, eight of which have city rights.

The city of Osnabrück , which does not belong to the district area, is the seat of the district administration.

The number of inhabitants on December 31, 2019 in brackets.

Nordrhein-Westfalen Landkreis Cloppenburg Landkreis Diepholz Landkreis Emsland Landkreis Vechta Osnabrück Alfhausen Ankum Bad Essen Bad Iburg Bad Laer Bad Rothenfelde Badbergen Belm Berge (Niedersachsen) Bersenbrück Bippen Bissendorf Bohmte Bramsche Dissen am Teutoburger Wald Eggermühlen Fürstenau Gehrde Georgsmarienhütte Glandorf Hagen am Teutoburger Wald Hasbergen Hilter am Teutoburger Wald Melle Kettenkamp Menslage Merzen Neuenkirchen (Landkreis Osnabrück) Nortrup Ostercappeln Quakenbrück Rieste Voltlage WallenhorstMunicipalities in OS.svg
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Unified municipalities

  1. Bad Essen (15,738)
  2. Bad Iburg , City (10,636)
  3. Bad Laer (9110)
  4. Bad Rothenfelde (8470)
  5. Belm (13,788)
  6. Bissendorf (14,630)
  7. Bohemian (12,687)
  8. Bramsche , town, independent municipality (31,141)
  9. Dissen am Teutoburg Forest , city (9998)
  1. Georgsmarienhütte , town, independent municipality (31,756)
  2. Glandorf (6592)
  3. Hagen am Teutoburg Forest (13,475)
  4. Hasbergen (11,016)
  5. Hilter am Teutoburg Forest (10,388)
  6. Melle , town, independent municipality (46,588)
  7. Ostercappeln (9694)
  8. Wallenhorst , independent municipality (23,048)

Joint municipalities with their member municipalities

* Seat of the joint municipality administration

  1. Badbergen (4577)
  2. Menslage (2439)
  3. Nortrup (2986)
  4. Quakenbrück , City * (13,442)
  1. Alfhausen (4012)
  2. Ankum (7568)
  3. Bersenbrück , City * (8618)
  4. Eggermühlen (1723)
  5. Gehrde (2533)
  6. Kettenkamp (1748)
  7. Rieste (3578)
  1. Mountains (3531)
  2. Bippen (2932)
  3. Fürstenau , City * (9407)
  1. Merzen (3882)
  2. Neuenkirchen * (4599)
  3. Voltlage (1750)

Municipalities in the old district of Osnabrück

The district of Osnabrück, formed in 1885, included the communities Astrup , Atter , Belm , Bissendorf , Cronsundern , Darum , Ellerbeck , Gaste , Georgsmarienhütte , Grambergen , Gretesch , Haltern , Harderberg , Hasbergen , Haste , Hellern , Himbergen , Hollage , Holsten-Mündrup , Holte- Sünsbeck , wood Hausen , Horne , Icker , Jeggen , Krevinghausen , Lechtingen , Linne , Lüstringen , Malbergen , Nahne , Natbergen , Nemden , Ohrbeck , powe , Pye , Rulle , Schelenburg , Schinkel (up to 1914), Schledehausen , Bauer shaft Stockum , Gut Stockum , Uphausen-Eistrup , Vehrte , Voxtrup , Wallenhorst , Wellingen , Wersche , Wissingen and Wulften .

In 1932 the 40 communities of the dissolved Iburg district were added to these communities . After several incorporations in the 1930s and 1940s, the Osnabrück district comprised 79 municipalities at the beginning of the 1960s (residents on June 6, 1961):

  1. Allendorf (254)
  2. Altenhagen (1,325)
  3. Ash (864)
  4. Aschendorf (843)
  5. Astrup (164)
  6. Atter (2,003)
  7. Averfehrden (846)
  8. Bad Rothenfelde (2,713)
  9. Belm (1,713)
  10. Bissendorf (1,278)
  11. Borgloh-Wellendorf (1,978)
  12. Therefore (429)
  13. Dissen (4,355)
  14. Ebbendorf (976)
  15. Ellerbeck (428)
  16. Eppendorf (400)
  17. Erpen (1,547)
  18. Guests (1,177)
  19. Gellenbeck (1,421)
  20. Georgsmarienhütte (6,638)
  21. Glandorf (2,097)
  22. Glane-Visbeck (1,361)
  23. Grambergen (292)
  24. Gretesch (1,580)
  25. Hagen am Teutoburg Forest (2,593)
  26. Holders (680)
  27. Hankenberge (713)
  1. Hardensetten (660)
  2. Harderberg (1,744)
  3. Hasbergen (3,148)
  4. Lighten (3,636)
  5. Hilter am Teutoburg Forest (2,845)
  6. Himberg Mountains (154)
  7. Hollage (3,280)
  8. Holsten-Mündrup (726)
  9. Holte-Sünsbeck (621)
  10. Holzhausen (5,643)
  11. Iburg (3,247)
  12. Icker (599)
  13. Jeggen (1,094)
  14. Oesede Monastery (4,045)
  15. Krevinghausen (268)
  16. Laer (1,631)
  17. Lechtingen (1,624)
  18. Linne (257)
  19. Lüstringen (2,803)
  20. Mentrup (1,651)
  21. Müschen (816)
  22. Nahne (2,170)
  23. Natbergen (996)
  24. Natrup-Hagen (1,589)
  25. Nemden (483)
  26. Nolle (622)
  27. Oesede (8,177)
  1. Ohrbeck (1,517)
  2. Ostenfelde (974)
  3. Powe (1,701)
  4. Pye (1,566)
  5. Remsede (749)
  6. Rulle (2,989)
  7. Schelenburg (148)
  8. Schierloh (272)
  9. Schledehausen (1,454)
  10. Schwege (808)
  11. Sentrup (487)
  12. Strand (845)
  13. Sudendorf (525)
  14. Sudenfeld (348)
  15. Uphausen-Eistrup (468)
  16. Uphöfen (277)
  17. Vehre (1,660)
  18. Voxtrup (4,112)
  19. Wallenhorst (1,807)
  20. Wersche (383)
  21. Westendorf (296)
  22. Westerwiede (495)
  23. Angle chains (298)
  24. Wissingen (1,056)
  25. Wulften (353)

As part of the regional reform, the new communities Borgloh , Glane , Holte , Niedermark and Waldmark were formed in 1970 and 1971 , but they were all reintegrated into other communities on July 1, 1972.



Museums in the district of Osnabrück:

License Plate

On July 1, 1956, the district was assigned the distinctive sign OS when the license plates that are still valid today were introduced . It is still issued today.

Until the 1990s, vehicles from the old districts received special identification numbers:

area Letters numbers
Old district of Osnabrück AA to JZ 100 to 999
Old district of Bersenbrück KA to RZ
Altkreis Melle SC to VZ
Wittlage district WA to ZZ

Since June 11, 2018, in connection with the license plate liberalization, the distinctive signs BSB (old district Bersenbrück), MEL (old district Melle) and WTL (old district Wittlage) are available again.


A homeland yearbook has been published annually for the city and the district of Osnabrück since 1974. The publisher of the book series is the Heimatbund Osnabrücker Land.

in chronological ascending order

  • Werner Dobelmann : History and development of the Osnabrücker Nordland (Der Altkreis Bersenbrück ; 3; Heimat yesterday and today. Communications of the Kreisheimatbund Bersenbrück; 22), Quakenbrück 1979
  • Günter Wegmann: The end of the war between Ems and Weser 1945. 2nd expanded edition, H. Th. Wenner, Osnabrück 2000, ISBN 3-87898-367-0 .

Web links

Commons : Landkreis Osnabrück  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. State Office for Statistics Lower Saxony, LSN-Online regional database, Table 12411: Update of the population, as of December 31, 2019  ( help ).
  2. agricultural constitution osnabrück .
  3. ^ [1] District Osnabrück at NLWKN
  4. [2] New nature reserves from 2009 at NLWKN
  5. [3] "Suddenmoor / Anten" nature reserve, registration number: NSG WE 214
  6. [4] "Swatte Poele" nature reserve, registration number: NSG WE 051
  7. ^ District regulation for the province of Hanover (1884)
  8. ^ Prussian State Ministry, § 72, Ordinance on the reorganization of districts, from August 1, 1932 Preußische Gesetzessammlung, Berlin 1932 , R. von Deckers Verlag, G. Schenk, 1932
  9. Law on the reorganization of the municipalities in the Osnabrück area of May 10, 1972
  10. Law on the reorganization of the communities in the Vechta / Cloppenburg area of February 11, 1974
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