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Town Hall (red) and Cathedral
Town Hall (red) and Cathedral
Flag of Greifswald
Coat of arms of Greifswald
Coat of arms
Country Germany
State Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
District Vorpommern-Greifswald
Subdivisions 16 boroughs
5 m (16 ft)
 • Total 53,434
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
Dialling codes 03834
Vehicle registration HGW

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:

  • CDU: 11
  • Linke: 8
  • SPD: 6
  • Greens: 5
  • BG: 3
  • KfV: 3
  • AfD: 2
  • FDP: 2
  • Pirates: 2
  • AL: 1

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Notable people from Greifswald

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