state in Northern Germany

Schleswig-Holstein (Danish: Slesvig-Holsten, Low Saxon: Sleeswiek-Holstain, Frisian: Sleeswyk-Holstein, North Frisian: Schleswig-Holstian) is the northernmost of the 16 states (German: Bundesländer) in Germany.

Flag of Schleswig-Holstein
Coat of arms of Schleswig-Holstein
Position of Schleswig-Holstein within Germany
Position of Schleswig-Holstein within Germany
 • Minister PresidentDaniel Günther (CDU)
 • Governing partiesCDU / Greens / FDP
 • Total15,763 km2 (6,086 sq mi)
 (November 2006)
 • Total2,834,305
 • Density180/km2 (470/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)

Schleswig-Holstein borders on Denmark in the North, the North Sea in the West, the Baltic Sea and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania in the East, and Lower Saxony and Hamburg in the South. Kiel is the capital of this state.

There are 4 independent towns:

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The Holstein Switzerland from the Bungsberg

The countryside is lowlands and hills with no mountains. The highest elevation in the state is the Bungsberg at only 168 metres (551 ft). There are many lakes, especially in the eastern part of Holstein called the Holsteinische Schweiz ("Holstein Switzerland") or Schweiziann-Schwezalia. It has this name because there are many small hills which came to existence in the last ice age.

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