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Town Hall (red) and Cathedral
Town Hall (red) and Cathedral
Coat of arms of Greifswald
Coordinates 54°5′0″N 13°23′0″E / 54.08333°N 13.38333°E / 54.08333; 13.38333
Country Germany
State Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
District Vorpommern-Greifswald
Town subdivisions 16 boroughs
Lord Mayor Stefan Fassbinder (Greens)
Basic statistics
Area 50.50 km2 (19.50 sq mi)
Elevation 5 m  (16 ft)
Population  53,434  (31 December 2006)[1]
 - Density 1,058 /km2 (2,740 /sq mi)
Other information
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Licence plate HGW
Postal codes 17489-17493
Area code 03834

Greifswald 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 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.

City council

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

Notable people from Greifswald


  1. Population source

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