Göttingen (district)

Göttingen
Coat of arms of Göttingen
Coat of arms
Lower Saxony GÖ.svg
Country Germany
StateLower Saxony
CapitalGöttingen
Area
 • Total1,753 km2 (677 sq mi)
Population
(31 December 2017)[1]
 • Total328,036
 • Density190/km2 (480/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
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Göttingen (German pronunciation: [ˈɡœtɪŋən]) is a district (German: Landkreis) in Lower Saxony, Germany. It is bounded by (from the northwest and clockwise) the districts of Northeim and Goslar, and by the states of Thuringia (district of Eichsfeld) and Hesse (districts of Werra-Meißner and Kassel).

History

In 1885 the Prussian government established the districts of Göttingen, Münden and Duderstadt within the Province of Hanover. These districts existed for 88 years, before they were merged in 1973 to form the present district of Göttingen. On 1 November 2016, it was reformed by the addition of the former district of Osterode.[2]

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