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Schleswig Holstein
State of Germany


Coat of arms
Position of Schleswig-Holstein within Germany
Coordinates: 54°28′12″N 9°30′50″E / 54.47°N 9.51389°E / 54.47; 9.51389Coordinates: 54°28′12″N 9°30′50″E / 54.47°N 9.51389°E / 54.47; 9.51389
Country Germany
Capital Kiel
 • Minister President Torsten Albig (SPD)
 • Governing parties SPD / Greens
 • Total 15,763 km2 (6,086 sq mi)
Population (November 2006)
 • Total 2,834,305
 • Density 179.807/km2 (465.699/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)

Schleswig-Holstein is the northernmost of the 16 states (German: Bundesländer) in Germany. The Danish name is Slesvig-Holsten, the Low Saxon name is Sleswig-Holsteen and the Frisian name is Sleeswyk-Holstein.

Schleswig-Holstein borders on Denmark in the North, the North Sea in the West, the Baltic Sea and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania in the East, and Lower Saxony and Hamburg in the South. Kiel is the capital of this state.

There are 4 independent towns:


The Holstein Switzerland from the Bungsberg

The countryside is lowlands with virtually no mountains. The highest elevation in the state is the Bungsberg at only 168 metres (551 ft). There are many lakes, especially in the eastern part of Holstein called the Holsteinische Schweiz ("Holstein Switzerland") or Schweiziann-Schwezalia. It has thin name because there are many small mountains which came to existence in the last ice age.

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