Greifswald is officially known as Universitäts- und Hansestadt Greifswald, which means University and (from Hanseatic Town of Greifswald German Greif, "griffin", and Wald, "forest"). It is a town in northeastern Germany.
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
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
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