Place:Zachodniopomorskie, Poland

Alt namesWest Pomerania
Pomerania Occidentalissource: Wikipedia
Pomorze Zachodniesource: Wikipedia
West Pomeranian Voivodshipsource: Wikipedia
Westpommernsource: Wikipedia
Zachodnio-Pomorskiesource: EU Integration (1999) accessed 03/24/99
Zachodniopomorskiesource: Getty Vocabulary Program
Zachodniopomorskie voivodshipsource: Getty Vocabulary Program
TypeModern Voivodship
Coordinates53.5°N 15.5°E
Located inPoland     (1999 - )
See alsoKoszalin, PolandParent
Szczecin, PolandParent
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Western Pomerania (or Cispomerania, Hither Pomerania) is the English term for German Vorpommern, the western extremity of the historic region of the duchy, later Province of Pomerania, nowadays divided between the German state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Poland. The name Pomerania comes from Slavic po more, which means Land at the Sea.

Forming part of the southern coast of the Baltic Sea, Western Pomerania's boundaries have changed through the centuries and its overlords have included Poland, Sweden, Denmark, and Prussia. Before 1945, it embraced the whole area of Pomerania west of the Oder River. In 1945, the left-bank cities of Szczecin, Świnoujście and Police passed to Poland (see Territorial changes of Poland immediately after World War II), with the remainder of the region becoming part of East Germany. German Vorpommern now forms about one-third of the present-day north-eastern state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

German Western Pomerania had a population of about 470,000 in 2012 (districts of Vorpommern-Rügen and Vorpommern-Greifswald combined) - while the Polish disctricts of the region had a population of about 520,000 in 2012 (cities of Stettin, Swinemünde and Police County combined). So overall, about 1 million people live in the historical region of Western Pomerania today, while the Stettin agglomeration reaches even further.

The region is both a prime German tourist resort and relatively sparsely settled, thus featuring large natural habitats. The predominant landscapes are lagoons, smooth hills (due to the Glacial series), steep coasts (for instance at Jasmund National Park or Cape Arkona) and long stretches of sandy beaches of the southern Baltic Sea.

The major cities of Vorpommern are Stralsund and Greifswald. Historically, also the city of Stettin, that is the Polish Szczecin since 1945.

Towns include Damgarten, Bergen (Rügen Island), Anklam, Wolgast, Demmin, Pasewalk, Grimmen, Sassnitz (Rügen Island), Ueckermünde, Torgelow and Barth.

Famous seaside resorts in Western Pomerania are Ahlbeck (Usedom Island), Ahrenshoop, Bansin, Binz (with Prora), Göhren (Rügen Island) Heringsdorf (Usedom Island), Koserow, Lubmin (near Greifswald), Prerow, Sellin, Swinemünde (historically, today Polish Świnoujście), Trassenheide, Ückeritz, Zempin, Zingst and Zinnowitz.

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