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, also called Cispomerania or Hither Pomerania, is 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 by the sea". The adjective for the region is (Western) Pomeranian, inhabitants are called (Western) Pomeranians.

Forming part of the southern coast of the Baltic Sea, Western Pomerania's boundaries have changed through the centuries and it belonged to countries such as Poland, Sweden, Denmark, and Prussia. Before 1945, it embraced the whole area of Pomerania west of the Oder River. Today the cities of Szczecin, Świnoujście and Police are part of Poland (see Territorial changes of Poland immediately after World War II), with the remainder of the region staying part of 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 districts of the region had a population of about 520,000 in 2012 (cities of Szczecin, Świnoujście and Police County combined). So overall, about 1 million people live in the historical region of Western Pomerania today, while the Szczecin agglomeration reaches even further.

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

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