About the City:
Szczecin is the capital city of Western Pomeranian Voivodeship, situated on the border with Germany. It is a home to 400.00 citizens.
It is a city of green, allowing its citizens to live close to nature. Forests surround the city, downtown is full of parks and there is a lot of islands on Śródodrze, the canals and pools add to the unique atmosphere of the landscape.
Szczecin is the sole port connected with the waterways with the rest of Europe and through Szczecin Lagoon, with the Baltic Sea.
Dialling code +48 91
Colours: red and dark blue
Arm of Szczecin: crowned gryphon with red feathers on the blue background
Brief History of Szczecin
In the first half of the 10th Century, the first ruler of Poland, Mieszko I joined Pomeranian and Szczecin to Poland. It remained within its borders, with short brakes, until the end of 12th Century, when the city became a part of the Holy Roman Empire. In the 13th Century Szczecin received city charter. In 1713 the city was joined to Prussia and from that time on was a part of Germany.
On the 15th of October 1939 the great City of Szczecin had been founded, and it existed until the end of the World War II. There was around one hundred of work camps on that area. Due to Allies bombardments 60-70 % of the city was damaged.
After the war, Szczecin was joined to Poland. German living in the city were resettled to Germany and due to that, in 1947 were only 4 thousand Germans left in the city. In December 1970 and August 1980 labour demonstration had taken place in Szczecin; it was the place where so called August Agreements had been signed.
Since 1990 the city has been the main quarters of Multinational Corps Northeast of NATO forces.
ATTENTION: the cloudy weather is typical for the climate of Szczecin. In the years 1956-1998 the number of cloudy days was twice as big as the number of sunny days. The greatest cloudiness is reported in November and January, the smallest in August.