state of Germany

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.

Schwerin Palace, seat of the Landtag, is one of more than 2000 palaces and castles in the state.
Schwerin Palace, seat of the Landtag, is one of more than 2000 palaces and castles in the state.
Flag of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
Coat of arms of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
Coordinates: 53°37′N 12°42′E / 53.617°N 12.700°E / 53.617; 12.700
 • Minister-PresidentManuela Schwesig (SPD)
 • Governing partiesSPD / Left
 • Votes in Bundesrat3 (of 69)
 • City23,179 km2 (8,949 sq mi)
 • City1,599,100
 • Density69/km2 (180/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
ISO 3166 codeDE-MV
Vehicle registrationformerly: MP (1945–1947), SM (1948–1953)[2]
GDP/ Nominal€ 40 / $45 billion (2015) [3]
GDP per capita€ 25,000 / $28,000 (2015)
NUTS RegionDE8

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.

Politics change

Seats in the state parliament (Landtag) since 2016:

Total: 71 seats

Schloss Schwerin

Cities change

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.

Districts change

Former districts change

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):

  1. Bad Doberan
  2. Demmin
  3. Güstrow
  4. Ludwigslust
  5. Mecklenburg-Strelitz
  6. Müritz
  1. Nordvorpommern
  2. Nordwestmecklenburg
  3. Ostvorpommern
  4. Parchim
  5. Rügen
  6. Uecker-Randow

Also there were six independent urban districts:

  1. Greifswald (HGW)
  2. Neubrandenburg (NB)
  3. Rostock (HRO)
  4. Schwerin (SN)
  5. Stralsund (HST)
  6. Wismar (HWI)

Current districts change

Mecklenburg & Pomerania

Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania has been divided into six rural districts (Landkreise) and two independent urban districts (kreisfreie Städte) since 4 September 2011:

Rural districts:

  1. Ludwigslust-Parchim
  2. Mecklenburgische Seenplatte
  3. Nordwestmecklenburg
  4. Rostock
  5. Vorpommern-Greifswald
  6. Vorpommern-Rügen

Urban districts:

  1. Rostock
  2. Schwerin

References change

  1. "State population". Portal of the Federal Statistics Office Germany (in German). Archived from the original on 2007-05-13. Retrieved 2007-04-25.
  2. 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.
  3. "Regional GDP per capita in the EU28 in 2013". Retrieved 2015-09-10.