Greifswald facts for kids
|Town subdivisions||16 boroughs|
|Lord Mayor||Dr. Arthur König (CDU)|
|Area||50.50 km2 (19.50 sq mi)|
|Elevation||5 m (16 ft)|
|Population||53,434 (31 December 2006)|
|- Density||1,058 /km2 (2,740 /sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)|
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.
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
- Finland, Kotka, since 1959
- Poland, Goleniów, since 1986, twin town since 2006
- Germany, Osnabrück, since 1988
- Sweden, Lund, since 1990
- Norway, Hamar, since 1997
- USA, Newport News, Virginia, since 2007
- Poland, Szczecin, city friendship since 1996
- France, Angers, contacts since 1994
- USA, College Station, contacts since 1995
Notable people from Greifswald
- Caspar David Friedrich, Romanticist painter
- Hans Fallada, author
- Wolfgang Koeppen, author
- Josef Sommer, actor
- Toni Kroos, Professional footballer currently playing for Bayern Munich
Images for kids
Caspar David Friedrich (1774–1840) depicted his hometown in several paintings; this is Wiesen bei Greifswald (Meadows near Greifswald), 1820.
The energy sector is important to the city's economy. Even the church in Greifswald's area Wieck has solar panels on its roof.
Caspar David Friedrich (painted by Gerhard von Kügelgen, c. 1810–20)
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