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Stade is a district (Landkreis) in Lower Saxony, Germany. It has its seat in Stade and is bounded by (from the east and clockwise) the districts of Harburg, Rotenburg and Cuxhaven, the Elbe River, and the city state of Hamburg.

The district of Stade was established in 1932 by merging three smaller precursor districts.

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