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Statistics
Capital:Stuttgart
Area:35,742 km
Inhabitants:10,694,215 (2004)
pop. density:299 people/km²
Homepage:baden-wuerttemberg.de (http://www.baden-wuerttemberg.de/)
ISO 3166-2:DE-BW
Politics
Minister-president:Gnther Oettinger (CDU)
Ruling party:CDU/FDP coalition
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With an area of 35,742 km and 10.7 million inhabitants, Baden-Wrttemberg lies in south-western Germany to the east of the Upper Rhine, and is third largest in both area and population among the country's sixteen Bundeslnder (federal states). The capital is Stuttgart.

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Geography

The state borders on Switzerland to the south, France to the west, and on the German states of Rhineland-Palatinate, Hesse and Bavaria.

Its principal cities include Stuttgart, Mannheim, Karlsruhe, Freiburg, Heidelberg, Heilbronn, Ludwigsburg, Ulm, Tbingen, Pforzheim and Reutlingen.

The Rhine forms the western border as well as large portions of the southern border. East of the Rhine there is the Black Forest (Schwarzwald), the main mountain range of the state. In the south, Baden-Wrttemberg shares in the foothills of the Alps and in Lake Constance (Bodensee). The source of the Danube is located in the state.

See also List of places in Baden-Wrttemberg.

Administration

Baden-Wrttemberg is divided into 35 counties, grouped into the four Administrative Districts (Regierungsbezirke) of Freiburg, Karlsruhe, Stuttgart, and Tbingen.

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  1. Alb-Donau
  2. Biberach
  3. Bodenseekreis
  4. Bblingen
  5. Breisgau-Hochschwarzwald
  6. Calw
  7. Constance (Konstanz)
  8. Emmendingen
  9. Enzkreis
  10. Esslingen
  11. Freudenstadt
  12. Gppingen

  1. Heidenheim
  2. Heilbronn
  3. Hohenlohekreis
  4. Karlsruhe
  5. Lrrach
  6. Ludwigsburg
  7. Main-Tauber
  8. Neckar-Odenwald
  9. Ortenaukreis
  10. Ostalbkreis
  11. Rastatt
  12. Ravensburg

  1. Rems-Murr
  2. Reutlingen
  3. Rhein-Neckar
  4. Rottweil
  5. Schwbisch Hall
  6. Schwarzwald-Baar
  7. Sigmaringen
  8. Tbingen
  9. Tuttlingen
  10. Waldshut
  11. Zollernalbkreis

Furthermore there are nine independent towns, which do not belong to any district:

  1. Baden-Baden
  2. Freiburg
  3. Heidelberg
  4. Heilbronn
  5. Karlsruhe
  6. Mannheim
  7. Pforzheim
  8. Stuttgart
  9. Ulm

History

The state combines the historical states of Baden, Hohenzollern and Wrttemberg. After World War II the Allied forces established three states: Wrttemberg-Baden (occupied by the USA), Wrttemberg-Hohenzollern (France) and Baden (France). In 1952 these states were merged in order to form the state of Baden-Wrttemberg; the 1949 constitution of West Germany contained a special clause (Article 118) that made this merger possible.

List of minister presidents of Baden-Wrttemberg

  1. 1952 - 1953: Reinhold Maier (FDP/DVP)
  2. 1953 - 1958: Gebhard Mller (CDU)
  3. 1958 - 1966: Kurt Georg Kiesinger (CDU)
  4. 1966 - 1978: Hans Karl Filbinger (CDU)
  5. 1978 - 1991: Lothar Spth (CDU)
  6. 1991 - 2005: Erwin Teufel (CDU)
  7. since 2005: Gnther Oettinger (CDU)

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