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Kreis (pronounced [ˈkʁaɪs]; plural Kreise [ˈkʁaɪzə]) is the German word for circle, and also refers to a type of country subdivision.

The elected chief executive officer of a Kreis is called Landrat (literally "Land/State Councillor"), while the chief executive officer of a Regierungsbezirk who is appointed by the State is called Regierungspräsident (literally "Govern-ment President").[2]

Kreis may also be a surname.

People with this surname include:

In music and culture:

See also


  1. Brockhaus Lexikon 2005 p506
  2. Brockhaus Lexikon 2005 p523 p730
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