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Saarbrücken (district)

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Country  Germany
Founded  1816
Vehicle registration  SB (Völklingen: VK)
Capital  Saarbrücken
State  Saarland
Time zone  CET (UTC+1)
Area  410.6 km²
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Clubs and Teams  1. FC Saarbrücken, SV Röchling Völklingen
Points of interest  Ludwigskirche, Völklingen Ironworks, Saarbrücken Zoo, Saarland Museum, Saarbrücken Castle
Colleges and Universities  Saarland University, Saarland University of Applie, Saar College of Fine Arts, German University of Applie, Fachhochschule für Verwaltu

The Regionalverband Saarbrücken is a Kommunalverband besonderer Art, an integration of a district (Kreis) and a district-free town. It is located in the south of the Saarland, Germany. Neighboring districts are Saarlouis, Neunkirchen, Saar-Pfalz, and the French département Moselle.


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The district Saarbrücken was originally created in 1816. In 1974, the district and the district-free city Saarbrücken were merged, and the new administrative body was named Stadtverband Saarbrücken. Although it's not a district like others, most of its administrative tasks are the same as those of a district.

On November 21, 2007, the governing majority of the CDU in the parliament of Saarland passed a law which transformed the Stadtverband Saarbrücken into the Regionalverband Saarbrücken on January 1, 2008. The most striking change by this transformation was the introduction of the Kooperationsrat, a council of officials of the towns and municipalities which exercises some of the powers of Municipal corporation alongside the district council (Regionalversammlung, the local equivalent of the Kreistag). As the directly elected Regionalversammlung represents the population, while the members of the Kooperationsrat are picked by the towns or municipalities which they represent, there is a debate whether the competences of the not-directly-elected Kooperationsrat infringe on the constitutional right of the directly elected Regionalversammlung to exert all powers of Municipal corporation.


The Saar River flows through the district, through the city Saarbrücken in the center of the district.


The bodies of the district Regionalverband are the administrator Regionalverbandsdirektor, the district council Regionalversammlung and the additional council Kooperationsrat, which is mainly composed of officials of the towns and municipalities.

District administration

On January 1, 2008, Ulf Huppert (FDP) became Beauftragter für das Amt des Regionalverbandsdirektors, temporarily acting as Regionalverbandsdirektor.

The first ever election of the Regionalverbandsdirektor was held on June 7, 2009. As no candidate gained an absolute majority in the first round, run-off elections were held On June 21, 2009, which were won by Peter Gillo (SPD) with 60.22%, with Rainer Grün (CDU) taking 39.78% of the votes. Gillo beat Grün in all towns and municipalities except Püttlingen. The turnout rate of the run-off elections was just 21.2%.

District council (Regionalversammlung)

(Result of the elections of 2014)

International relations

Saarbrücken is a fellow member of the Eurodistrict SaarMoselle.

International partnerships

Saarbrücken has a partnership with:


Saarbrücken (district) Wikipedia