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A virtual guide to the German Federal State of Schleswig-Holstein. Beside a state profile, this page offers links to sources that provide you with information about this "Bundesland", e.g.: official web sites, local news, culture, history, education, city- and country guides with travel and visitors information, tourist attractions, events and much more.


State Profile

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Flag of the German Federal State of Schleswig-Holstein
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Official Name: Schleswig-Holstein

Nick name(s):

Abbreviation: SH

Time zone: Central European Time (CET); Central European Summer Time (CEST)

Capital City: Kiel

Other Cities: Bad Segeberg, Eckernförde, Elmshorn, Eutin, Flensburg, Husum, the Hanseatic City of Lübeck, Norderstedt, Westerland.

Location: northernmost state of Germany, bordering Denmark in north.
Area: 15 763 sq km

Climate: Maritime - continental.

Population (2013): 2.8 million
Religions: 59.3% Protestants, 4.9% Roman Catholic, 30.9% no religious affiliation.
Languages: German, Frisian, Danish

Natural resources:

Agriculture products: Meat and meat products, cereals, fodder crops, rape.

Industries: Mechanical engineering, ship-building, maritime industries, chemical industry, tourism

Schleswig-Holstein is the northernmost state of Germany, located mostly on the base of the peninsula of Jutland between the North Sea in west and the Baltic Sea (Ostsee) in east. The state shares an international border with Denmark in north, within Germany it borders the federal states of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania in south east, and Lower Saxony and Hamburg in the south.

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Official Sites of Schleswig-Holstein

The Official Website of the Government of Schleswig-Holstein.

Landtag Schleswig-Holstein
Schleswig-Holstein's Parliament (in German).

Statistikamt Nord
Statistics office for Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein.


Google Earth Google Earth Schleswig-Holstein
Searchable map and satellite view of Schleswig-Holstein.
Google Earth Google Earth Kiel
Searchable map and satellite view of Schleswig-Holstein's capital.
 Political Map of Germany
 Administrative Map of Germany 


Schleswig-Holstein newspapers online (in German)

Bocholter-Borkener Volksblatt
News from Bocholt.

Borkener Zeitung
Borkener Newspaper online, Borken.

Dithmarscher Landeszeitung
Brunsbütteler Zeitung

Newspaper from Heide/Brunsbüttel.

Elmshorner Nachrichten
Elmshorn news online.

great site Kieler Nachrichten
Kieler News online, Kiel.

Lübecker Nachrichten
Lubeck news, Lübeck.

Schleswig-Holsteinischer Zeitungsverlag
Regional news from Flensburg to Bad Oldesloe.

Uetersener Nachrichten
Newspaper for Uetersen and Tornesch, for Marsch and Geest, Uetersen.

Norddeutscher Rundfunk NDR
Regional public radio and television.

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Arts & Culture

Heinrich-und-Thomas-Mann-Zentrum, Lübeck (in German).

Karl-May Spiele
Karl-May-Festival in an open-air theater (in German).

Nordische Filmtage Lübeck
Nordic Film Festival at Lübeck.

Jazz Baltica
JazzBaltica Festival.

Jimi-Hendrix-Revival-Festival yearly, every first saturday in September.

Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival
Classical and Jazz Music Festival.

Kieler Woche
Kieler Woche
A sailors delight, the greatest sailing sporting event in the world.


Business & Economy

Kiel Canal
Nord-Ostsee-Kanal, the world`s busiest artificial waterway links the North Sea at Brunsbüttel to the Baltic Sea at Kiel-Holtenau.

Destination Schleswig-Holstein - Travel and Tour Guides

Discover Schleswig-Holstein: accommodation, hotels, attractions, festivals, events, tourist boards, tours and much more.

Schleswig - Holstein Tourismus
Schleswig - Holstein tourism guide (in German).

Regional Tourism Guides
Holsteinische Schweiz
Tourism information about the holiday region Holsteinische Schweiz located between Kiel und Lübeck.

Großer Plöner See
Visitors information about the Großer Plöner Sea region.

Islands North Sea:
Tourism information about the island.
Official tourism website of the North Frisian Island (in German).
Official site of the island of Helgoland.
Official tourism website of the island.
The site of the island in the North Sea.
Westerland Sylt
Visitors information for the island of Sylt (in German).
Sylt tourism site (in German).

Islands Baltic Sea:
Official website of the island and city of Fehmarn.
Feel Fehmarn
Tourism information about the island (in German).

The State Capital, Landeshauptstadt Kiel.

Other Cities (official sites):
Bad Segeberg






The Hanseatic City of Lübeck.




Travel and Tour Consumer Information



Universität Flensburg
Official website of the university of Flensburg.
Official website of the University in Kiel.

Nordfriisk Instituut
North Frisian Institute is the central scientific institution in North Frisia for the preservation and promotion of and research on the Frisian language, culture and history.

Environment & Nature

Nature Parks in Schleswig-Holstein
Naturpark Lauenburgische Seen
The nature park in the Lauenburger land, located between Lower Saxony, Schleswig-Holstein and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania (in German).
Naturpark Holsteinische Schweiz
Largest nature park in Schleswig Holstein, located between the cities Kiel and Lübeck.

Nationalpark Schleswig - Holsteinisches Wattenmeer
Wadden Sea National Park (in German)

Naturparke Deutschland
A guide to nature and national parks in Germany.


After the Second World War, the Prussian province Schleswig-Holstein came under British occupation. On 23 August 1946, the Military Government abolished the province and reconstituted it as a separate Land.

About Schleswig-Holstein's history on the states official website.

History of Schleswig-Holstein
Wikipedia entry about the history of Schleswig-Holstein.

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