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Port and the Old Town
Port and the Old Town
Flag of Elbląg
Coat of arms of Elbląg
Coat of arms
Voivodeship Warmian-Masurian
County city county
Established 1237
City rights 1246
 • Total 79,82 km2 (3,082 sq mi)
Population (2011)
 • Total 124 257
 • Density 1,588.2/km2 (4,113/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 82-300 to 82-315
Area code(s) +48 055
Car plates NE

Elblag (German: Elbing Latin: Elbinga) is a city in northern Poland on the eastern edge of the Żuławy region with 124,257 inhabitants (December 31, 2011). Elbląg is one of the oldest cities in the province and in Poland.

Elbląg is located about 55 kilometres (34 miles) south-east of Gdańsk and 90 km (56 mi) south-west of Kaliningrad, Russia. The city is a port on the river Elbląg, which flows into the Vistula Lagoon about 10 km (6 mi) to the north, thus giving the city access to the Baltic Sea via the Russian-controlled Strait of Baltiysk. The Old Town (Polish: Stare Miasto) is located on the river Elbląg connecting Lake Drużno to the Vistula Lagoon, about 10 km (6 mi) from the lagoon and 60 km (37 mi) from Gdańsk.

Famous people who live there

  • Hans von Bodeck (1582–1658), diplomat and Chancellor of Brandenburg
  • John Amos Comenius (1592–1670), educator
  • Samuel Hartlib (ca. 1600–1662), teacher and scientist
  • Christian Wernicke (1661–1725), epigrammist and diplomat
  • Johann Friedrich Endersch (1705–1769), mathematician geographer
  • Gottfried Achenwall (1719–1772), statistician
  • Johann Heinrich Ammelung (1746–?), historian
  • Wilhelm Baum (1799–?), doctor of medicine, first honorary burgher of Danzig
  • Wilhelm Eduard Albrecht (1800–1876), lawyer, member of Göttinger Sieben
  • Bruno Erhard Abegg (1803–1848), statesman of Königsberg
  • Hieronymus Truhn (1811–?), composer
  • Ferdinand Schichau (1814–1896), founder of the Schichau-Werke in Elbing and Danzig.
  • Johann Ludwig Hinrichs (1818–1901), co-founder of the German Baptists
  • John Prince-Smith (1809–1874), liberal economist and politician in Germany
  • Hugo Weiss (1842–?), theologian
  • Albrecht Wernich (1843–?), doctor of medicine
  • Hermann Baumgart (1843–1926), literary historian at Königsberg University
  • Franz Komnick (1857–?), founder of Komnick Maschine-, Automobile- and Agriculture Machine Companies in Elbing
  • Max Georg Zimmermann (1861–?), art historian
  • Georg Bessau (1884–?), doctor of medicine
  • Max Reimann (1898–1977), president of the Communist Party of Germany
  • Lutz Weltmann (1901–1967), journalist, director of the Jewish Culture Foundation
  • Hellmut Drews-Tychsen (1904 Elbing – 1973 near Wasserburg), author
  • Ursula Karusseit (1939– ), actress
  • Bernd Neumann (1942– ), Minister of Culture of Germany since 2005
  • Ortwin Runde (1944– ), mayor of Hamburg from 1997 to 2001.
  • Andrzej Sakson (1950– ), sociologist and director of the Western Institute
  • Ewa Białołęcka (1967– ), fantasy writer

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