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Saxony-Anhalt

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Statistics
Capital:Magdeburg
Area:20,447 km²
Inhabitants:2,580,626(2001)
pop. density:126 inh./km²
Homepage:sachsen-anhalt.de (http://www.sachsen-anhalt.de/)
ISO 3166-2:DE-ST
Politics
Minister-President:Wolfgang Bhmer (CDU)
Ruling party:CDU/FDP coalition
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With an area of 20,447 km² and a population of 2.6 million, Saxony-Anhalt (also spelled Saxony Anhalt; German: Sachsen-Anhalt) is one sixteen German Bundeslnder (federal states.) The capital is Magdeburg.

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Geography

Lying to the north-east of central Germany, it is eighth largest in area and (since 1996) tenth in population among the country's sixteen Bundeslnder. It borders on the states of Lower Saxony to the north-west, Brandenburg to the east, Saxony to the south-east and Thuringia to the south-west.

Most of the state is plain and agriculturally used, but in the southwest there is the eastern part of the Harz mountains. The main river of Saxony-Anhalt is the Elbe, running through the state from southeast to northwest. The second largest river, the Saale, is a tributary of the Elbe.

See also List of places in Saxony-Anhalt.


Saxony-Anhalt is divided into 21 (rural) counties (Landkreise),

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Map of Saxony-Anhalt showing the district boundaries

  1. Altmarkkreis Salzwedel
  2. Anhalt-Zerbst
  3. Aschersleben-Stafurt
  4. Bernburg
  5. Bitterfeld
  6. Brdekreis
  7. Burgenlandkreis

  1. Halberstadt
  2. Jerichower Land
  3. Kthen
  4. Mansfelder Land
  5. Merseburg-Querfurt
  6. Ohrekreis
  7. Quedlinburg

  1. Saalkreis
  2. Sangerhausen
  3. Schnebeck
  4. Stendal
  5. Weienfels
  6. Wernigerode
  7. Wittenberg

and three independent cities (Stadkreise),

From 1990 to 2003 Saxony-Anhalt was divided into three districts (Regierungsbezirke) - Dessau, Halle and Magdeburg. On January 1, 2004 these three districts were abolished, and the 24 counties have since constituted the primary divisions of the state.

History

The state was created in 1990, shortly before German reunification, covering much the same area as an earlier unit (1947-1952) comprising the former Anhalt, the former Prussian Province of Saxony and some small exclaves of the former Brunswick-Lneburg. The state and its larger cities have lost population since 1989 with migration to the former West Germany.

List of minister presidents of Saxony-Anhalt

  1. 1945 - 1949: Erhard Hbener (LDPD)
  2. 1949 - 1952: Werner Bruschke (SED)
  3. 1990 - 1991: Gerd Gies (CDU)
  4. 1991 - 1993: Werner Mnch (CDU)
  5. 1993 - 1994: Christoph Bergner (CDU)
  6. 1994 - 2002: Reinhard Hppner (SPD)
  7. since 2002: Wolfgang Bhmer (CDU)

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