List of honorary citizens of Schleswig-Holstein

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The Minister-President of Schleswig-Holstein can make people with outstanding merits around the state honorary citizens .

This honor has been given to seven people since 1998.

Note: The listing is done chronologically according to the date of award.

The honorary citizens of Schleswig-Holstein

Helmut Schmidt
  1. Helmut Schmidt (* December 23, 1918 in Hamburg; † November 10, 2015 in Hamburg)
    former German Chancellor, Member of the Bundestag
    Awarded on December 20, 1998
    With the award, the ties between the former Federal Chancellor and the State of Schleswig-Holstein were recognized. In his political work he set many positive impulses for the development of the country. Schmidt, who had his second home on Lake Brahmsee, brought many important personalities to the country from all over the world. During the storm surge of 1962, as Hamburg Senator for the Interior, he worked with great commitment and a pragmatic approach to help the suffering in Schleswig-Holstein. Thanks to his advocacy, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival was one of the most important cultural events in the state in 1985.
  2. Uwe Ronneburger (born November 23, 1920 in Kiel, † October 1, 2007 in Tetenbüll)
    Former Deputy Federal Chairman and Schleswig-Holstein State Chairman of the FDP, Member of the Bundestag
    Awarded on December 17, 2000
    Ronneburger set standards in his work in the Schleswig-Holsteinisches Heimatbund and showed tireless commitment to the people of Schleswig-Holstein. During the storm surge of 1962, he gained great recognition for repairing the damage in the municipality of Tetenbüll. As deputy federal chairman of the FDP, he was committed to reconciliation with the eastern neighbors during the social-liberal coalition and thus paved the way for German unity and the fall of the Iron Curtain. His church commitment as a member of the church leadership of the North Elbian Evangelical Lutheran Church and member of the Synod of the Evangelical Church in Germany left deep marks in Schleswig-Holstein.
  3. Gerhard Stoltenberg (born September 29, 1928 in Kiel; † November 23, 2001 in Bonn)
    former Prime Minister of Schleswig-Holstein and former Federal Minister of Defense and Finance, Member of the Bundestag
    Awarded on October 24, 2001; the certificate was presented to Stoltenberg's widow on March 4, 2002
    Stoltenberg was honored for his political life's work. He was one of those politicians who, after the experience of the Nazi dictatorship, supported the political and social new beginning with personal commitment and actively helped to shape it. As Prime Minister of Schleswig-Holstein from 1971 to 1982, he gave the state long-term status in the federal government.
    Siegfried Lenz
  4. Siegfried Lenz (born March 17, 1926 in Lyck; † October 7, 2014 in Hamburg)
    Awarded on December 2, 2004
    Lenz spent part of the year in his house in Tetenhusen near Schleswig. With his appointment as an honorary citizen, his close ties to the country were recognized. With his works he made the landscape of Schleswig-Holstein known all over the world and sensitively portrayed its people.
  5. Armin Mueller-Stahl (born December 17, 1930 in Tilsit, East Prussia)
    Awarded on November 29, 2010
    Mueller-Stahl has lived in Sierksdorf an der Lübeck Bay for many years and has close ties to Schleswig-Holstein, for example through the television play "The Manns - a novel of the century" or the remake of "Buddenbrooks". Mueller-Stahl has also been committed to the Lübeck University of Music for many years, which supports the State Museum Schloss Gottorf, the Lübeck museums and the Rendsburg Jewish Museum.
  6. Heide Simonis (born July 4, 1943 in Bonn)
    Minister-President Schleswig-Holstein 1993–2005, Chairwoman of UNICEF Germany
    Awarded on June 30, 2014
    Heide Simonis was the first ever female Prime Minister of a German federal state, previously Minister of Finance for five years.
  7. Günther Fielmann (born September 17, 1939 in Stafstedt)
    Awarded on December 1, 2016
    The award honors Fielmann's work as an environmental and nature conservationist as well as a donor and patron.

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