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Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania
State of Germany


Coat of arms
Coordinates: 53°37′N 12°42′E / 53.617°N 12.7°E / 53.617; 12.7Coordinates: 53°37′N 12°42′E / 53.617°N 12.7°E / 53.617; 12.7
Country Germany
Capital Schwerin
 • Minister President Erwin Sellering (SPD)
 • Governing parties SPD / CDU
 • Total 23,174 km2 (8,948 sq mi)
 • Total 1,694,600
 • Density 73.125/km2 (189.393/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)

Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania (German: Mecklenburg-Vorpommern) is one of the 16 States of Germany. The capital is Schwerin.


Schloss Schwerin
Mecklenburg & Pomerania

The largest cities in the state are:

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 100000 people.


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 is currently divided into twelve Kreise (districts):

  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 are six independent urban districts:

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