It is the capital of the Kreis (district) Schleswig-Flensburg. It has a population of about 27,000, the main industries being leather and food processing. It takes it name from the Schlei, an inlet of the Baltic sea on the end of which it sits, and "vik" or "vig" which means bay in the old Viking language and present Danish language.
Schleswig or Slesvig therefore means bay of the Schlei. Some ethnolonguistic studies conclude on the state's namesake and the term Slesvig was partially derived from a tribe of West Slavs known as "Slavsvick" once lived in the state between the 5th century and 10th century AD.
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