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Ostalbkreis
Baden wuerttemberg aa.png
Map of Baden-W√ľrttemberg highlighting the district of Ostalbkreis
State Baden-W√ľrttemberg
Adm. region Stuttgart
Region Ostw√ľrttemberg
District seat Aalen
Area 1,511.5 km²
Population 313,576 (12.31.2008)
Pop. density 207 /km²
Licence plate code AA
Web page http://www.ostalbkreis.de

The Ostalbkreis is a district (Kreis) in the east of Baden-W√ľrttemberg, Germany, on the border to Bavaria. Neighboring districts are (from the north clockwise) Schw√§bisch Hall, Ansbach, Donau-Ries, Heidenheim, G√∂ppingen and Rems-Murr.

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History

The district was created in 1973, when the District of Aalen merged with most of the former District of Schw√§bisch Gm√ľnd.

Geography

The district is located in the eastern part of the Swabian Alb (Schwäbische Alb), hence its name which translates to Eastern Alb District. Main rivers in the district are the Rems, the Jagst and the Kocher, all affluents of the Neckar.

Politics

Federally, the district is part of two electoral ridings: 270 (Backnang ‚Äď Schw√§bisch Gm√ľnd) and 271 (Aalen ‚Äď Heidenheim). For the 2009 Election, the numeral designation was changed to 269 and 270 respectively. Both ridings are held by the CDU: Norbert Barthle (Backnang ‚Äď Schw√§bisch Gm√ľnd) and Georg Brunnhuber (Aalen - Heidenheim).

At the State level, the district also is part of two electoral ridings: 25 (Schw√§bisch Gm√ľnd) and 26 (Aalen). The last election was held on March 26, 2006 and both ridings were won by the CDU: Dr. Stefan Scheffold (Schw√§bisch Gm√ľnd) and Winfried Mack (Aalen).

The District election was held on June 7, 2009. Election results.

Partnerships

Since 1992 the district has an official partnership with the Italian Province of Ravenna. Also since the 1990s it has a friendship with the Finnish Province of Oulu.

Coat of arms

Coat of arms
The imperial eagle to the right represents the free imperial cities in the district, especially the city of Aalen. The lion on the left is the symbol of the Staufen family, who founded the city of Schw√§bisch Gm√ľnd. These two symbols were taken from the coats of arms of the two precursor districts. The crosier in the middle represents Ellwangen Abbey, which possessed many smaller areas scattered in the district.

Cities and towns

Cities Towns
  1. Aalen
  2. Bopfingen
  3. Ellwangen (Jagst)
  4. Heubach
  5. Lauchheim
  6. Lorch (W√ľrttemberg)
  7. Neresheim
  8. Oberkochen
  9. Schw√§bisch Gm√ľnd
  1. Abtsgm√ľnd
  2. Adelmannsfelden
  3. Bartholomä
  4. Böbingen (Rems)
  5. Durlangen
  6. Ellenberg
  7. Eschach
  8. Essingen
  9. Göggingen
  10. Gschwend
  11. Heuchlingen
  12. H√ľttlingen
  13. Iggingen
  14. Jagstzell
  15. Kirchheim am Ries
  16. Leinzell
  17. Mögglingen
  1. Mutlangen
  2. Neuler
  3. Obergröningen
  4. Rainau
  5. Riesb√ľrg
  6. Rosenberg (Ostalb)
  7. Ruppertshofen
  8. Schechingen
  9. Spraitbach
  10. Stödtlen
  11. Täferrot
  12. Tannhausen
  13. Unterschneidheim
  14. Waldstetten
  15. Westhausen (Ostalb)
  16. Wört
Administrative districts
  1. Aalen
  2. Bopfingen
  3. Ellwangen
  4. Kapfenburg
  5. Leintal-Frickenhofer Höhe
  6. Rosenstein
  7. Schw√§bisch Gm√ľnd
  8. Schwäbischer Wald
  9. Tannhausen

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Coordinates: 48¬į52‚Ä≤N 10¬į06‚Ä≤EÔĽŅ / ÔĽŅ48.867¬įN 10.1¬įEÔĽŅ / 48.867; 10.1








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