County of Bentheim (district)

County of Bentheim (German: Grafschaft Bentheim) is a district (Landkreis) in Lower Saxony, Germany. It is bounded by (from the west and clockwise) the Dutch provinces of Overijssel and Drenthe, the district of Emsland, and the districts of Steinfurt and Borken in North Rhine-Westphalia.

Grafschaft Bentheim

Coat of arms
CountryGermany
StateLower Saxony
CapitalNordhorn
Area
  Total981 km2 (379 sq mi)
Population
 (31 December 2018)[1]
  Total136,511
  Density140/km2 (360/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Vehicle registrationNOH
Websitegrafschaft.de

History

The District has roughly the same territory as the County of Bentheim, a state of the Holy Roman Empire that was dissolved in 1803.

Geography

The district's north-western region named Niedergrafschaft (low county) protrudes into Dutch territory, and borders it to the north, west and south. The Vechte River (Dutch Vecht) traverses the district from south to north and flows into the Netherlands.

Coat of arms

The arms are identical to the arms of the historic County of Bentheim. The origin of these arms is unknown.

Cities and municipalities

Cities Samtgemeinden
  1. Bad Bentheim
  2. Nordhorn


Free municipalities

  1. Wietmarschen
  1. Emlichheim1
  2. Hoogstede
  3. Laar
  4. Ringe
  1. Esche
  2. Georgsdorf
  3. Lage
  4. Neuenhaus1, 2
  5. Osterwald
  1. Engden
  2. Isterberg
  3. Ohne
  4. Quendorf
  5. Samern
  6. Schüttorf1, 2
  1. Getelo
  2. Gölenkamp
  3. Halle
  4. Itterbeck
  5. Uelsen1
  6. Wielen
  7. Wilsum
1seat of the Samtgemeinde; ²town

References

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