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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 Urban district
Town subdivisions 16 boroughs
Lord Mayor Dr. Arthur König (CDU)
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-Vorpommern. The population is roughly 55,000, including about 11,500 students and some 5,000 employees of the University of Greifswald.

City Council

The city council is elected for five year terms. Since the last election on 13 June 2004, the 42 city council seats are allocated as follows:

  • CDU (conservatives) - 16 seats
  • Left Party (socialists) - 9 seats
  • SPD (social democrats) - 8 seats
  • Greens - 3 seats
  • FDP (liberals) - 2 seats
  • others - 4 seats

Town twinning

Notable people from Greifswald

Other websites


  1. Population source

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