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Dithmarschen – DEF05

EU regions: Germany > Schleswig-Holstein > Schleswig-Holstein > Dithmarschen

map of Dithmarschen DEF05
Gross domestic product
GDP per capita in PPS of EU average2021105

More on wikipedia wikidata Q2947 Dithmarschen slovensky: DEF05


number of inhabitants2023135 252
population density202296.3
old-age dependency ratio202341.5
demographic pyramid DEF05 Dithmarschen

From Wikipedia:

Dithmarschen (German pronunciation: [ˈdɪtmaʁʃən], Low Saxon pronunciation: [ˈdɪtmaːʃn̩], archaic English: Ditmarsh, Danish: Ditmarsken, Medieval Latin: Tedmarsgo) is a district in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. It is bounded by (from the north and clockwise) the districts of Nordfriesland, Schleswig-Flensburg, Rendsburg-Eckernförde, and Steinburg, by the state of Lower Saxony (district of Stade, from which it is separated by the Elbe river), and by the North Sea. From the 13th century up to 1559 Dithmarschen was an independent peasants' republic within the Holy Roman Empire and a member of the Hanseatic League.


The district is located on the North Sea. It is embraced by the Elbe estuary to the south and the Eider estuary to the north. Today it forms a kind of artificial island, surrounded by the Eider river in the north and the Kiel Canal in both the east and southeast. It is a rather flat countryside that was once full of fens and swamps.

To the north it borders on Nordfriesland and Schleswig-Flensburg, to the east on Rendsburg-Eckernförde, and in the southeast on Steinburg. Its landward boundaries have remained basically the same since the times of Charlemagne. Land reclamation, however, has almost doubled the size of Dithmarschen as land has been wrested from the sea.

Other: Schleswig-Holstein, Lübeck, Mittelangeln, Herzogtum Lauenburg, Rendsburg, Flensburg, Neumünster, Pinneberg, Kiel, Stormarn, Dithmarschen, Ostholstein, Nordfriesland district, Segeberg, Steinburg, Plön District

Neighbours: Rendsburg, Nordfriesland district, Mittelangeln, Steinburg

Suggested citation: Michal Páleník: Europe and its regions in numbers - Dithmarschen – DEF05, IZ Bratislava, retrieved from: https://www.iz.sk/​PDEF05, ISBN: 978-80-970204-9-1, DOI:10.5281/zenodo.10200164