Regierungsbezirk

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In Germany, a Government District, in German: Regierungsbezirkpronounced [ʁeˈɡiːʁʊŋsbəˌtsɪʁk] is a subdivision of certain federal states (Bundesländer).

They are above the Kreise, Landkreise, and kreisfreie Städte.[1] The Regierungsbezirk is governed by a Bezirksregierung (literally "district government") and led by a Regierungspräsident (literally "government president").

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History

The first Regierungsbezirke were created by the Kingdom of Prussia, which divided its provinces into 25 Regierungsbezirke in 1808/1816. The Regierungsbezirke of North Rhine-Westphalia are in direct continuation of those created in 1815. Other states of the German Empire created similar entities, named Kreishauptmannschaft (in Saxony) or Kreis (in Bavaria and Württemberg) (not to be confused with the Kreis or Landkreis today). During the Third Reich, the Nazi government unified the naming; since then all these entities are called Regierungsbezirk.

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