The university and Hanseatic town of Greifswald

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Market Square with the City Hall © Axt

Market Square with the City Hall © Axt

Greifswald is a town in northeastern Germany. It is situated in the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, at an equal distance of about 250 kilometres (160 mi) from Germany’s two largest cities, Berlin and Hamburg. The town borders the Baltic Sea, and is crossed by a small river, the Ryck. It is also located near Germany’s two largest islands, Rügen and Usedom as well as near three of the country’s 14 national parks. A former district-free town, it is the capital of the new district of Vorpommern-Greifswald since the September 2011 district reforms.

The population is about 55,000, including 12,500 students and 5,000 employees of the University of Greifswald. Greifswald is internationally known due to the university and the Nord Stream gas pipeline project.

Founded in 1456, the University of Greifswald is one of the oldest universities in both Germany and Europe. Currently, about 12,300 students study at five faculties: theology, law/economics, medicine, humanities, and mathematics/natural sciences.

Market Square © Axt Riemser Arzneimittel AG HQ © Nisi169 Pomeranian Theatre © Axt Pomeranian State Museum © UW Lange Strasse © Axt City Library © Axt Ernst-Moritz-Arndt University © Markus Studtmann 'Wiesen bei Greifswald' by Caspar David Friedrich, 1820 Market Square with the City Hall © Axt
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'Wiesen bei Greifswald' by Caspar David Friedrich, 1820
Greifswald has a number of museums and exhibitions, most notably the Pomeranian State Museum (German: Pommersches Landesmuseum): history of Pomerania and arts, including works by Caspar David Friedrich, a native of Greifswald. The University of Greifswald also has a large number of collections, some of which are on display for the public.

Greifswald and Stralsund are the largest cities in the Vorpommern part of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Of great importance to the city’s economy is the local university with its 12,000 students and nearly 5,000 employees in addition to many people employed at independent research facilities such as the Friedrich Loeffler Institute and spin-off firms.

Tourism plays a vital role as Greifswald is situated between the islands of Rügen and Usedom on the popular German Baltic coast, which brings in many tourists.

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