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Coat of arms of the local community Norken
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Coordinates: 50 ° 40 ′  N , 7 ° 54 ′  E

Basic data
State : Rhineland-Palatinate
County : Westerwaldkreis
Association municipality : Bad Marienberg (Westerwald)
Height : 458 m above sea level NHN
Area : 6.05 km 2
Residents: 946 (Dec. 31, 2019)
Population density : 156 inhabitants per km 2
Postal code : 57629
Area code : 02661
License plate : WW
Community key : 07 1 43 280
Community structure: 2 districts
Association administration address: Kirburger Strasse 4
56470 Bad Marienberg (Westerwald)
Website :
Mayoress : Simone Jungbluth
Location of the local community Norken in the Westerwaldkreis
House Norken in the Westerwald Landscape Museum

Norken (dialect: Noorge ) is a municipality in the Westerwaldkreis in Rhineland-Palatinate . It belongs to the Bad Marienberg (Westerwald) community .


The community is located in the Westerwald between Limburg an der Lahn and Siegen . The municipality is located between the Great Nister and the Small Nister .


Norken was first mentioned in a document in 1262.

Norken was part of the County of Sayn . After the introduction of the Reformation in the county of Sayn, the inhabitants were first Lutheran and later reformed. After the county of Sayn was divided in the 17th century, Norken belonged to the County of Sayn-Hachenburg . In 1799 the county came to the princes of Nassau-Weilburg and in 1806 to the Duchy of Nassau .

The district Bretthausen was incorporated in 1813 at the time of the Nassau government.

Population development

The development of the population of Norken, the values ​​from 1871 to 1987 are based on censuses:

year Residents
1815 225
1835 287
1871 318
1905 416
1939 515
1950 573
year Residents
1961 644
1970 761
1987 862
1997 1.007
2005 1,032
2019 946


Municipal council

The local council in Norken consists of twelve council members who were elected in the local elections on May 26, 2019 in a majority vote, and the honorary local mayor as chairman. Up to 2009 the council had 16 members.


Simone Jungbluth became local mayor of Norken in summer 2019. In the direct election on May 26, 2019, she was elected for five years with 55.60% of the vote.

Jungbluth's predecessor Friedrich Wagner had held the office for 15 years.

coat of arms

Coat of arms of Norken
Blazon : “Dividedby gold, red and black by Göpelschnitt ; in front a growing, vertically standing, red knife with a bent blade tip; behind a soaring, blue-armed, golden lion ; below a six-spoke, silver wheel . "
Justification of the coat of arms: The red knife, a Heep used until the Second World War , establishes the connection to the local inns . The wheel symbolizes the wagon traffic on the Cologne-Leipzig trade route, for which the Norkener had to provide prestressing services due to the steep incline here in earlier times. In earlier times Norken belonged to the County of Sayn and later to the County of Sayn-Hachenburg . The saynic lion indicates this affiliation.

Culture and sights

Cultural monuments

A representative homestead from Norken was dismantled in the early 1980s and rebuilt as an entrance building in the Westerwald Landscape Museum .

Regular events

Events of the associations and the community take place in the village community center .

Economy and Infrastructure


The B 414 , which leads from Hohenroth to Altenkirchen , runs in the immediate vicinity of the village . The next motorway junctions are in Siegen or Wilnsdorf on the A 45 Dortmund - Hanau , about 26 kilometers away. The closest ICE stop is Montabaur train station on the Cologne – Rhein / Main high-speed line .


The Norken Primary School and the Norken / Mörlen Kindergarten are sponsored by the local community. Since the end of 2009, both have been part of the UNESCO educational network . On March 8, 2010, the Norken-Mörlen e. V. founded.


  • Manfred Stock (* 1932), horticulturist and environmentalist, has lived in Norken since 1995.
  • Detlef Schütz (* 1966), former soccer referee, was born in Norken.


  • Local community Norken (ed.): Chronicle of the community Norken. 1262-1987 , Norken 1987.
  • Daniel Schneider: The development of denominations in the county of Sayn in plan , in: Heimat-Jahrbuch des Kreis Altenkirchen 58 (2015), pp. 74-80.

Web links

Commons : Norken  - collection of images

Individual evidence

  1. a b State Statistical Office of Rhineland-Palatinate - population status 2019, districts, municipalities, association communities ( help on this ).
  2. Hermann Josef Hucke: Place names in the Westerwaldkreis in their dialect pronunciation as well as Ortneckereien ( Memento from January 9, 2014 in the Internet Archive ) , 2010, page 3 (PDF; 132 kB)
  3. ^ Daniel Schneider: The development of denominations in the county of Sayn in the ground plan , in: Heimat-Jahrbuch des Kreis Altenkirchen 58 (2015), pp. 74-80.
  4. State Statistical Office Rhineland-Palatinate - regional data
  5. ^ The Regional Returning Officer Rhineland-Palatinate: Local elections 2019, city and municipal council elections
  6. ^ The Regional Returning Officer Rhineland-Palatinate: direct elections 2019. see Bad Marienberg, Verbandsgemeinde, 16th line of results. Retrieved June 4, 2020 .
  7. ^ Nadja Hoffmann-Heidrich: Election of the local mayor in the Bad Marienberg community on May 26th. Westerwälder Zeitung, February 27, 2019, accessed on June 4, 2020 .
  8. Description of the coat of arms on