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Position of Schleswig-Holstein within Germany
|• Minister President||Torsten Albig (SPD)|
|• Governing parties||SPD / Greens|
|• Total||15,763 km2 (6,086 sq mi)|
|• Density||179.807/km2 (465.699/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+2 (CEST)|
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 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.
- Official governmental portal in German