Usedom

related topics
{area, part, region}
{island, water, area}
{country, population, people}
{city, large, area}
{war, force, army}
{church, century, christian}
{water, park, boat}
{city, population, household}
{village, small, smallsup}
{ship, engine, design}
{town, population, incorporate}
{language, word, form}

Usedom (German: Usedom [ˈuːzədɔm], Polish: Uznam [ˈuznam]) is a Baltic Sea island on the border between Germany and Poland. It is situated north of the Szczecin Lagoon (German: Stettiner Haff) estuary of the River Oder in Pomerania. Most of the island belongs to the German district of Ostvorpommern in the Federal State of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, with the exception of the eastern part and the city of Świnoujście (German: Swinemünde) which is in Polish West Pomeranian Voivodeship. Its area is 445 km² (the German part 373 km²; the Polish part 72 km²).

Its population is 76,500 (the German part 31,500; the Polish part 45,000).

Contents

Geography

The island is separated to the east from the neighbouring island of Wolin by the Świna (German: Swine) strait (or river), which is the main route connecting Szczecin Bay with the Pomeranian Bay, a part of the Baltic Sea. The strait between the island and the mainland is called Peenestrom; it is an underwater extension of the valley of the Peene river, which flows into the westernmost part of Szczecin Bay. The island is mostly plain, partly covered by marshes.

The main town on the island is Świnoujście, which has more inhabitants than the rest of the island. Another town, giving its name to the island, is called Usedom. The largest municipality in the German part is Heringsdorf (from 2005 to 2006 called Dreikaiserbäder (which means "Three Emperors' Baths"). There are many popular tourist resorts on the northern coast, including the three Dreikaiserbäder cities of Ahlbeck, Heringsdorf and Bansin, as well as Świnoujście and Zinnowitz.

Economic activities include agriculture, fishing, animal husbandry, food processing and timber production.

History

Full article ▸

related documents
Peloponnese
Aberdeenshire
Geography of Sweden
Gondwana (India)
Mörbylånga Municipality
Ille-et-Vilaine
Gorgan
Nordfriesland
Småland
Læsø
Blåvandshuk
Tarn (department)
Jervis Bay Territory
Limburg (Belgium)
Almería (province)
Hawke's Bay
Hundested
Beemster
Guadalcanal
Shandong
Navarre
Khabarovsk Krai
Côte-d'Or
Antofagasta Region
Annam (French protectorate)
Upolu
Ardennes
Norrbotten County
Lemvig
Simrishamn Municipality