Jerichower Land


Jerichower Land

Infobox German district noregbez
name=Jerichower Land
state=Saxony-Anhalt
former regierungsbezirk=Magdeburg
capital=Burg bei Magdeburg
area=1,336.63
population=98,897
population_as_of=2002
density=74
carsign=JL
url= [http://www.lkjl.de/ www.lkjl.de]


Jerichower Land is a district ("Kreis") in the north-east of Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. Neighboring districts are (from south clockwise) Anhalt-Bitterfeld, Salzlandkreis, the district-free city Magdeburg, Börde, Stendal, and the districts Havelland and Potsdam-Mittelmark in Brandenburg.

History

In 1816 the area of the district became part of the Prussian province of Saxony, and was split administratively into three districts, Jerichow I, Jerichow II and Ziesar. The district of Ziesar was added into Jerichow I in 1826.

After World War II the districts were rearranged. Some areas of the two districts were added to the neighbouring districts of Havelberg, Rathenow, Brandenburg, Loburg and Zerbst. The two districts were also renamed after their administrative seats, thus Jerichow I became "District Burg", and Jerichow II became "District Genthin". In 1952 the district of Burg was split into two parts. However in 1957 the district of Loburg was recombined with the district of Burg.

In 1994 the two districts of Burg and Genthin were merged, and re-adopted the historical name of Jerichow. In 2007, 6 municipalities from the former district of Anhalt-Zerbst (Hobeck, Lohburg, Lübs, Prödel, Rosian and Schweinitz) were added to Jerichower Land District.

The name of the district derives from the city of Jerichow, the name of which is related to that of an early Slavic tribal grouping. It is not related to the name for the city of Jericho in the Middle East.

Geography

Main water bodies in the district are the rivers Elbe, Ehle, Ihle and Nuthe as well as the Elbe-Havel canal.

Coat of arms

External links

* [http://www.landkreis-jerichower-land.de Official website] (German)


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