Mecklenburg-Vorpommern or known by its anglicized name: Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania or Mecklenburg-West Pomerania (Low German: Mäkelborg-Vörpommern) is one of the 16 States of Germany. The capital is Schwerin.
|Coordinates: 53°37′N 12°42′E / 53.617°N 12.700°E|
|• Minister-President||Manuela Schwesig (SPD)|
|• Governing parties||SPD / Left|
|• Votes in Bundesrat||3 (of 69)|
|• City||23,179 km2 (8,949 sq mi)|
|• Density||69/km2 (180/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+2 (CEST)|
|ISO 3166 code||DE-MV|
|Vehicle registration||formerly: MP (1945–1947), SM (1948–1953)|
|GDP/ Nominal||€ 40 / $45 billion (2015) |
|GDP per capita||€ 25,000 / $28,000 (2015)|
As of 2016, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania had about 1,612,000 people.
It made part of former East Germany.
It is the most northeastern state of Germany. It borders the Baltic Sea in the north, Poland in the east, Brandenburg in the south, Lower Saxony in the southwest and Schleswig-Holstein in the west.
Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania is low-lying and has many rivers, canals and lakes. The Stettin Lagoon lies partly in this state and partly in Poland.
The state hosts the biggest German island called Rügen, and the second biggest German lake called Müritz.
Seats in the state parliament (Landtag) since 2016:
Total: 71 seats
The largest cities/towns in the state are:
Besides Rostock all have a population of less than 200,000. Schwerin, the state capital, is the smallest state capital in Germany. Usually Schwerin would not be called a city. In Germany a city has over 100,000 people.
Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania was going to change the borders of all of its urban districts (towns) and rural districts (kreise or "counties"). The state supreme court stopped the changes.
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern was divided into twelve rural districts (Landkreise):
Also there were six independent urban districts:
- Greifswald (HGW)
- Neubrandenburg (NB)
- Rostock (HRO)
- Schwerin (SN)
- Stralsund (HST)
- Wismar (HWI)
Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania has been divided into six rural districts (Landkreise) and two independent urban districts (kreisfreie Städte) since 4 September 2011:
- Mecklenburgische Seenplatte
- ↑ "State population". Portal of the Federal Statistics Office Germany (in German). Archived from the original on 2007-05-13. Retrieved 2007-04-25.
- ↑ With the abolition of states in East Germany in 1952 vehicle registration followed the new Bezirk subdivisions. Since 1991 distinct prefixes are specified for each district.
- ↑ "Regional GDP per capita in the EU28 in 2013". Retrieved 2015-09-10.