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Long stretches of coastline, open fields and endless lakes dotted across the countryside. Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania offers a great deal of space to relax, leave your cares behind and let your thoughts roam. Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania was re-established in 1990 following Germany’s reunification and it has the most land per inhabitant of all Germany’s federal states, as well as the longest coastline stretching over 2000 kilometres. The Baltic Sea resorts are dotted along its shores from the Bay of Lübeck to the island of Rügen. With some 650 lakes and many rivers, the Mecklenburg Lake District is one of the largest unbroken stretches of unspoilt countryside in Germany.
Historical castles, stately homes and mansions bear witness to the region’s feudal history. But its four state and many municipal theatres coupled with museums and music festivals mean the federal state also has an impressive cultural profile. Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania is famous, for example, for the annual Störtebeker Festival in Rügen, Germany’s most popular open-air theatre. The federal state has two universities, several universities of applied science and many top-notch research institutes. The Ernst Moritz Arndt University in Greifswald and the University of Rostock are amongst the world’s oldest.
Inland, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania is dominated by farming structures with broad expanses available for grazing and crops, while shipbuilding, tourism, maritime trade and fishing have been dominant along the coast. Looking to the future, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania is focusing on tourism, spa facilities and the health sector, as well as on growth sectors such as ICT, wind power and aerospace.
With kind permission of the Bundesrat (January 2013)