- Free State of Oldenburg
Infobox Former Subdivision
native_name = "Freistaat Oldenburg"
conventional_long_name = Free State of Oldenburg
common_name = Oldenburg|
continent = Europe
country = Germany
subdivision = State
nation = Germany
government_type = Republic
year_start = 1918
year_end = 1946
date_start = 1918
p1 = Oldenburg (state)
flag_p1 = Oldenburg_Flagge.jpg
s1 = Lower Saxony
flag_s1 = Flag of Lower Saxony.svg
s2 = Schleswig-Holstein
flag_s2 = Flag of Schleswig-Holstein.svg
s3 = Rhineland-Palatinate
flag_s3 = Flag of Rhineland-Palatinate.svg
image_map_caption = Location of Oldenburg within Germany
capital = Oldenburg|
stat_pop1 = 545172
stat_area1 = 6427
stat_year1 = 1925The Free State of Oldenburg was a state of the
Weimar Republic. It was established in 1918 following the abdication of the Grand Duke Frederick Augustus II following the German Revolution.
In 1937, it lost the exclave districts of
Eutinnear the Baltic coast and Birkenfeldin southwestern Germany to Prussia and gained the City of Wilhelmshaven; however, this was a formality, as the Hitler regime had de factoabolished the federal states in 1934.
By the beginning of World War II in 1939, as a result of these territorial changes, Oldenburg had an area of km2 to mi2|5375|abbr=yes and 580,000 inhabitants.
World War II, Oldenburg was merged into the newly founded state of Lower Saxonyas the administrative region (Regierungsbezirk) of Oldenburg, both of which became a part of West Germany.
Rulers of Oldenburg
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