|• Lord mayor||Stefan Fassbinder (Greens)|
|• Total||50.50 km2 (19.50 sq mi)|
|Elevation||5 m (16 ft)|
|• Density||1,200/km2 (3,000/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+01:00 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+02:00 (CEST)|
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.
The town is on the Baltic Sea, about 200 kilometres (124.3 miles) 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.
City council[change | change source]
The city council is elected for five year terms. Since the last election in 2014, the 43 city council seats are allocated as follows:
Town twinning[change | change source]
- 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 Greifswald[change | change source]
- Caspar David Friedrich, Romanticist painter
- Hans Fallada, author
- Wolfgang Koeppen, author
- Josef Sommer, actor
- Toni Kroos, Professional footballer currently playing for Bayern Munich
References[change | change source]
- "Bevölkerungsstand der Kreise, Ämter und Gemeinden 2021" (XLS) (in German). Statistisches Amt Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. 2022.
- "Population source". Archived from the original on 2007-03-11. Retrieved 2008-02-03.
Other websites[change | change source]
Media related to Greifswald at Wikimedia Commons