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Coat of Arms Map of Germany
State Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania
Area 50,2 km²
Population 52 140 (01 Sept 2003)
Population Density 1039 per square km
Altitude 17 m above sea level
Location 54° 5' N
13° 23' E
Postal Code 17489 (City Centre)
Telephone Code +49-3834
Car Code HGW
City Council Markt
17489 Greifswald
Homepage http://www.greifswald.de
E-mail info@greifswald.de
Lord Mayor Dr Arthur König (CDU)

Greifswald (German Greif=griffin, Wald=forest) is a city in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Germany. Located at the south end of the Baltic Sea, and the mouth of the Ryck river. Population: ca. 55,000. Officially Hansestadt Greifswald in German (Hanseatic Leaque City of Greifswald).

Table of contents
1 Historical notes
2 Education & science
3 People
4 See also
5 External links
6 Tourism links

Historical notes

The first settlers were Danish Cistercian monks, who founded the Eldena monastery in 1199. Due to the salt trade the monastery grew to a monumental religious centre. The town of Greifswald, close to the monastery, was first time mentioned in 1248. Enjoying a steady rise in population, Greifswald also became one of the earliest members of the Hanseatic League at the end of the 13th century, which helped increase trade and wealth.

The town of Greifswald became part of the Kingdom of Sweden in 1631 as a result of the Thirty Years War and remained Swedish until 1815.

During the period of socialist rulership following the Second World War, parts of the historic city have seen little renovation efforts. Since the German reunification of 1989/1990 this has changed substantially.

Education & science


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