The Regierungsbezirk Weser-Ems was the most westerly of the four administrative regions of Lower Saxony, Germany, bordering on the Dutch provinces of Groningen, Drenthe and Overijssel. It was established in 1978 by merging the former regions Osnabrück, Aurich, and Oldenburg. It was formally dissolved by the end of 2004 along with the other Regierungsbezirke of Lower Saxony as part of an effort to optimize the administrative system of the state.[1] The administrative centre of the Regierungsbezirk Weser-Ems was located in the Staatsministerium building in Oldenburg, a representative governmental complex from the period of the Grand Duchy and later Free State of Oldenburg. The department of educational affairs was based in Osnabrück, the department for financial affairs (Regierungskasse treasurer's office) in Aurich.


Ammerland district District of Aurich Bentheim District of Cloppenburg Emsland district District of Friesland District of Leer District of Oldenburg District of Osnabrück District of Vechta District of Wesermarsch District of Wittmund

Kreisfreie Städte(district-free towns)

Delmenhorst Emden Oldenburg (city) Osnabrück (city) Wilhelmshaven


^ “Verwaltungsmodernisierung in Niedersachsen”. Outline of structural reforms, published on the Lower Saxony state website (in German), retrieved in January 2012

vteFormer administrative and government regions in Lower SaxonyRegions (1978-2004) Braunschweig Hanover Lüneburg Weser-Ems Regions (1946-1978) Aurich (de) Brunswick (de) Hanover Hildesheim (de) Lüneburg Oldenburg (de) Osnabrück (de) Stade

Coordinates: 53°02′28″N 8°52′49″E / 53.04105°N 8.88019°E / 53.04105; 8.88019

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