Greifswald (Low German: Griepswold) is officially known as Universitäts- und Hansestadt Greifswald, which means University and Hanseatic Town of Greifswald (from German Greif, "griffin", and Wald, "forest"). It is a town in northeastern Germany.
Town Hall (red) and Cathedral
|• Lord Mayor||Stefan Fassbinder (Greens)|
|• Total||50.81 km2 (19.62 sq mi)|
|Elevation||5 m (16 ft)|
|• Density||1,100/km2 (3,000/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)|
The town is on the Baltic Sea, about 200 km (124.3 mi) to the north of Berlin in the state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. The population is roughly 55,000, including about 11,500 students and some 5,000 employees of the University of Greifswald.
Till September 4, 2011 Greifswald was a urban district.
The city council is elected for five year terms. Since the last election in 2014, the 43 city council seats are allocated as follows:
- Finland, Kotka, since 1959
- Poland, Goleniów, since 1986, twin town since 2006
- Germany, Osnabrück, since 1988
- Sweden, Lund, since 1990
- Norway, Hamar, since 1997
- USA, Newport News, Virginia, since 2007
- Poland, Szczecin, city friendship since 1996
- France, Angers, contacts since 1994
- USA, College Station, contacts since 1995
Notable people from GreifswaldEdit
- "Alle politisch selbständigen Gemeinden mit ausgewählten Merkmalen am 31.12.2018 (4. Quartal)". DESTATIS. Archived from the original on 10 March 2019. Retrieved 10 March 2019.
- "Bevölkerungsstand der Kreise, Ämter und Gemeinden in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern 31.12.2016". Statistisches Amt Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (in German). January 2018.
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