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Country  Germany
State Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
Founded 1994
Disbanded 2011
Capital Grimmen
 • Total 2,168 km2 (837 sq mi)
Population (2010-12-31)
 • Total 105,547
 • Density 49/km2 (130/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Vehicle registration NVP

Nordvorpommern ("North Western Pomerania") was a Kreis (district) in the northern part of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany. The district was created in 1994 by merging the three previous districts Grimmen, Ribnitz-Damgarten and Stralsund. On 4 September 2011, it was merged to Vorpommern-Rügen.

It was situated at the coast of the Baltic Sea, where it enclosed the city of Stralsund. Further to the northeast, separated from Stralsund and Nordvorpommern by the Strelasund, lies the island of Rügen, administratively part of the eponymous district. Other neighboring districts are (from east clockwise) Ostvorpommern, Demmin, Güstrow and Bad Doberan.


  • Geography 1
  • History 2
  • Coat of arms 3
  • Towns and municipalities 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


The coast is characterised by an elongated peninsula, the Darß. Between the Darß and the mainland there is a very shallow lagoon, which is a part of the Western Pomerania Lagoon Area National Park, just as the entire peninsula itself.


In history this region was the westernmost part of Pomerania. Until 1819 it was a Swedish, after that Prussian territory called Neuvorpommern.

Coat of arms

Coat of arms The coat of arms shows two griffins. The golden griffin to the left is the symbol of Princes of Rostock. The black griffin to the right derives from the coat of arms of Pomerania, which however used a red griffin as their symbol. The territory of the district was ruled by a branch of the Dukes of Pomerania which used a black griffin.

The coat of arms was granted on December 3, 1997.

Towns and municipalities

The subdivisions of the district were (situation August 2011):

Amt-free towns Amt-free municipalities
  1. Grimmen
  2. Marlow
  1. Süderholz
  2. Zingst
  1. Altenpleen1
  2. Groß Mohrdorf
  3. Klausdorf
  4. Kramerhof
  5. Preetz
  6. Prohn
  1. Bartelshagen
  2. Barth1, 2
  3. Divitz-Spoldershagen
  4. Fuhlendorf
  5. Karnin
  6. Kenz-Küstrow
  7. Löbnitz
  8. Lüdershagen
  9. Pruchten
  10. Saal
  11. Trinwillershagen
  1. Ahrenshoop
  2. Born1
  3. Dierhagen
  4. Prerow
  5. Wieck am Darß
  6. Wustrow
  1. Franzburg1, 2
  2. Glewitz
  3. Gremersdorf-Buchholz
  4. Millienhagen-Oebelitz
  5. Papenhagen
  6. Richtenberg2
  7. Splietsdorf
  8. Velgast
  9. Weitenhagen
  10. Wendisch Baggendorf
  1. Elmenhorst
  2. Sundhagen1
  3. Wittenhagen
  1. Groß Kordshagen
  2. Jakobsdorf
  3. Kummerow
  4. Lüssow
  5. Neu Bartelshagen
  6. Niepars1
  7. Pantelitz
  8. Steinhagen
  9. Wendorf
  10. Zarrendorf
  1. Bad Sülze2
  2. Dettmannsdorf
  3. Deyelsdorf
  4. Drechow
  5. Eixen
  6. Grammendorf
  7. Gransebieth
  8. Hugoldsdorf
  9. Lindholz
  10. Tribsees1, 2
  1. Ahrenshagen-Daskow
  2. Ribnitz-Damgarten1, 2
  3. Schlemmin
  4. Semlow
1seat of the Amt; 2town


External links

Media related to at Wikimedia Commons

  • Official website (German)

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