Detmold (region)

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Regierungsbezirk Detmold
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Country Germany
State North Rhine-Westphalia
Region seat Detmold
  Total6,518.14 km2 (2,516.67 sq mi)
 (31 December 2020) [1]
  Density320/km2 (820/sq mi)
Hermann monument near Detmold Herrmann-von-Vorne.JPG
Hermann monument near Detmold

Detmold (German pronunciation: [ˈdɛtmɔlt] ) is one of the five Regierungsbezirke of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, located in the north-east of the state. It is congruent with region of Ostwestfalen-Lippe (OWL, East WestphaliaLippe).


The Regierungsbezirk was created in 1947 when the former state of Lippe was incorporated into North Rhine-Westphalia by merging the former Regierungsbezirk Minden with the territory of Lippe-Detmold. The Regierungsbezirk Minden dates back to 1815, when the municipality type Regierungsbezirk was created initially.


The Regierungsbezirk Detmold is located in the north-east of North Rhine-Westphalia and therefore it forms the area where the German low mountains are divided from the North German Plain. As the Regierungsbezirk has an expanse of circa 6,500 km², it is one fifth of the area of North Rhine-Westphalia. North and east of the Regierungsbezirk is the German state of Lower Saxony, south there is the state of Hesse. At the western border is the Regierungsbezirk of Arnsberg and the Regierungsbezirk of Münster.


The administration is located in Detmold in the district of Lippe.

Administrative divisions

The Regierungsbezirk consists of six districts with 69 municipalities, and of one district-free city.

Kreisfreie Städte
(district-free cities)
  1. Gütersloh
  2. Herford
  3. Höxter
  4. Lippe
  5. Minden-Lübbecke
  6. Paderborn
  1. Bielefeld


The Regierungsbezirk Detmold has two historical roots:


The gross domestic product (GDP) of the region was 77.7 billion € in 2018, accounting for 2.3% of German economic output. GDP per capita adjusted for purchasing power was 34,700 € or 115% of the EU27 average in the same year. The GDP per employee was 97% of the EU average. [2]

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  1. "Bevölkerung der Gemeinden Nordrhein-Westfalens am 31. Dezember 2020" (in German). Landesbetrieb Information und Technik NRW . Retrieved 21 June 2021.
  2. "Regional GDP per capita ranged from 30% to 263% of the EU average in 2018". Eurostat.

Coordinates: 52°0′N8°45′E / 52.000°N 8.750°E / 52.000; 8.750