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Schloss Schwerin
Schwerin Palace, today the residence of the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern state parliament - Image: Harald Hoyer
A virtual guide to the German Federal State of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Beside a state profile, this page offers links to sources that provide you with information about this "Bundesland", e.g.: official web sites, local news, culture, history, education, city- and country guides with travel and visitors information, tourist attractions, events and much more.

Mecklenburg-Vorpommern - Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania

State Profile

Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania Flag
Flag of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
where in Germany is Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania?

Official Name: Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
en: Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania

Nick name(s): Meck Pomm (Mc Pomm)
Motto: MV tut gut. (MV will do you good.)

Abbreviation: MV

Time zone: Central European Time (CET); Central European Summer Time (CEST)

Capital City: Schwerin

Other Cities: largest city: Rostock (pop. 200,000), Greifswald, Güstrow, Neubrandenburg, Stralsund and Wismar.

Location: northeastern part of Germany bordering the Baltic Sea in north and Poland in east.
Area: 23,193 kmĀ²

Population (2012): 1.6 million
Religions: 19.1% Protestants, 2.9% Roman Catholic, 76.5% no religious affiliation.

Natural resources: Marine products, timber, gravel and sand, chalkstone.

Agriculture products: Grain, canola (colza), potatoes.

Industries: Agriculture, fishery and fish processing, food industry, shipbuilding, tourism.

Germany's most thinly populated state is located in the most northeastern part of the country, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania is one of Germany's new Länder (states) after 1990. It borders the Baltic Sea (in German: Ostsee) to the north, Schleswig-Holstein to the west, Lower Saxony to the southwest, Brandenburg to the south, and Poland to the east.

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Official Sites of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

The authorized regional information system for Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.

Landtag Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
Official State Parliament website of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania (in German).

Statistisches Amt Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania's state office for statistics (in German).


Google Earth Google Earth Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
Searchable map/satellite view of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.
Google Earth Google Earth Schwerin
Searchable map/satellite view of the capital of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

 Political Map of Germany
 Administrative Map of Germany


Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania newspaper online (in German)

Norddeutsche Neueste Nachrichten
News from Rostock.

Regional News for Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and Brandenburg.

Ostsee Zeitung
Newspaper Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

Rüganer Anzeiger
Rügen weekly.

Schweriner Volkszeitung
Newspaper from Schwerin.

Norddeutscher Rundfunk NDR
Regional public radio and television.
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Arts & Culture

Schloss Güstrow
The most important renaissance palace in North Germany.

Schweriner Schloss
Official website of the Palace Schwerin.

Kunsthalle Rostock
Contemporary art in Rostock.

Museum in Ankershagen, devoted to the life and work of Heinrich Schliemann, the excavator of Troy (in German).

Otto-Lilienthal-Museum Anklam
In 1891, the civil engineer Otto Lilienthal succeeded in achieving the first save, repeatable gliding flights in history.

Pommersches Landesmuseum
Site of the museum related to art and history of Western Pomerania, located in the city of Greifswald.

Staatliches Museum Schwerin
The museum is one of the most important national culture centres in the new Federal States.

Museumstour durch Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
A guide to the museums in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (in German).


Business & Economy

Gesellschaft für Wirtschaftsförderung MV (GfW)
Economic Development Corporation, the GfW seeks to promote investment and the establishment of businesses in MV.

Investorenportal Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
Information for investors.


Flughafen Rostock-Laage (RLG)
Official website of the Airport Rostock-Laage.

Hafen Rostock
Rostock Port, after Lübeck, Germany's largest port to the Baltic Sea.

Destination Mecklenburg-Vorpommern - Travel and Tour Guides

Discover Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania:
Find accommodation, hotels, attractions, festivals, events, tourist boards, tours and much more.

Tourismusverband Mecklenburg - Vorpommern
Official tourism site of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.

Travel and tourism in the East of North Germany.  

Regional Tourist Boards
Mecklenburgische Schweiz
In the middle of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania lies North Germany’s most unspoilt stretch of countryside – Mecklenburg’s Switzerland.

Insel Rügen
Tourism website of Germany's largest island in the Baltic Sea which is famous for its chalk cliffs.

Insel Usedom
Island in the Baltic Sea on the border between Germany and Poland.

Landeshauptstadt Schwerin.

The Hanseatic City of Rostock.
The city of Greifswald.
The city of Güstrow.
The city of Neubrandenburg.
The Hanseatic City of Stralsund.
The city of Wismar.

Travel and Tour Consumer Information



Ernst Moritz Arndt University of Greifswald (est. 1456)
Universität Rostock
University of Rostock (est 1419)

Environment & Nature

About one fifth of the state’s total surface area is a nature
conservation area.

Nature Parks in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania

Naturpark Am Stettiner Haff
The nature park is situated in the northeast of Mecklenburg - Vorpommern, near to the republic of Poland.
Naturpark Insel Usedom
The island Usedom and its nature park is a North German cultural landscape with a great variety of sceneries on a small area.
Naturpark Nossentiner/Schwinzer Heide
Vast forests – silent lakes, the nature park Nossentiner/Schwinzer Heide (in German).
Naturpark Mecklenburgische Schweiz und Kummerower See
The nature park is well known for its variety and the beauty of the landscape.
Naturpark Sternberger Seenland
Nature park includes Mecklenburgische Seenplatte; lake district (in German).

Naturparke Deutschland
A guide to nature and national parks in Germany.


Mecklenburg-Vorpommern was formed in 1947 under the Soviet occupation forces; the name was soon shortened to "Mecklenburg". It was a constituent state of the German Democratic Republic (East Germany) upon its formation in 1949.
On 3 October 1990 Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and the other newly-founded German states formally joined the Federal Republic.

Das Land - Geschichte: Mecklenburg - Vorpommern
History of Mecklenburg and Vorpommern (in German)

History of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
Short version of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern's history.
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern: History

Wikipedia entry about Mecklenburg and its history.
Wikipedia entry about the former Prussian Western Pomerania and its history.

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