Verbandsgemeinde (German pronunciation: [fɐˈbants.ɡəˌmaɪndə];
plural Verbandsgemeinden) is a low-level administrative unit in the
German federal states of
Rhineland-Palatinate and Saxony-Anhalt. A
Verbandsgemeinde is typically composed of a small group of villages or
3 See also
The state of
Rhineland-Palatinate is divided into 163
Verbandsgemeinden, which are municipal associations grouped within the
24 districts of the state and subdivided into 2,257 Ortsgemeinden
(singular Ortsgemeinde) which comprise single settlements.
Most of the Verbandsgemeinden were established in 1969. Formerly the
name of the administrative units was Amt. Most of the functions of
municipal government for several municipalities are consolidated and
administered centrally from a larger or more central town or
municipality among the group, while the individual municipalities
(Ortsgemeinden) still maintain a limited degree of local autonomy.
The 11 districts of
Saxony-Anhalt are divided into
Verwaltungsgemeinschaften and, since 1 July 2009 also
Verbandsgemeinden. Since the January 2010 government reform, there are
18 Verbandsgemeinden in Saxony-Anhalt.
Other German states have similar administrative units:
^ Eckl, Stefan (2007-01-01). Sportförderung und Sportpolitik in der
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^ Ammermann, Joachim (2012-01-01). Die Struktur der Gemeinden im
kreisangehörigen Raum: Vergleichend dargestellt am Beispiel des
Kreises Euskirchen und des Landkreises Vulkaneifel (in German). BWV
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