The university and Hanseatic town of Greifswald (Low German Griepswold) is the county town of the district Vorpommern-Greifswald in northeastern state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. It is located at the opening into the Baltic River Ryck Bay of Greifswald between the islands of Rügen and Usedom. The University of Greifswald was founded in 1456 is the second oldest in the Baltic region to Rostock, in her study about 11,000 students and about 6,000 university employees busy. The city has about 56,700 inhabitants, making it the fifth largest city in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Along with Stralsund Greifswald forms one of the four regional centers of the country, next to the Regio poles Rostock, Schwerin and Neubrandenburg. The nearest metropolitan regions are Stettin in the east, Berlin / Brandenburg in the south of Hamburg in the west and Copenhagen / Malmö in the north. The university town is a member of transnational Federation of Euro Region Pomerania.
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