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Civic heraldry of Germany - Deutsche Wappen (Gemeindewappen/Kreiswappen)
The arms were granted on November 12, 1974.
The arms are derived from the old arms of the Schleswig, which showed three lions. The two lions each in a separate field, symbolise the two former districts. The waves in the base of the shield symbolise the Baltic Sea and the many inlets and bays in the district.
Literature : Stadler, K. : Deutsche Wappen - Bundesrepublik Deutschland. Angelsachsen Verlag, 1964-1971, 8 volumes.