Mecklenburg-Vorpommern: What you need to know
Where is it?
Since its reunification in 1990, the new Germany has consisted of 16 federal states. There are three city states – the capital city of Berlin, plus Hamburg and Bremen – and 13 diverse regions ranging from Schleswig-Holstein in the north to Bavaria in the south. Mecklenburg-Vorpommern with its capital city Schwerin is a federal state in northern Germany. The state was formed through the merger of the historic regions of Mecklenburg and Vorpommern after World War II, dissolved in 1952 and recreated prior to the German reunification in 1990.
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern is the sixth largest German state by area, and the least densely populated.
Sixth-largest in area and fourteenth in overall population among Germany’s sixteen federal states, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern is bounded to the north by the Baltic Sea, to the west by Schleswig-Holstein, to the southwest by Lower Saxony, to the south by Brandenburg, and to the east by the West Pomeranian Voivodeship in Poland.
How do I get there?
Rostock can be reached by motorway (Autobahn) A 1 from Hamburg via Lübeck on A 20 and by A 19 from Berlin and A 20 from Stettin in Poland.
In addition to that Rostock’s Central Station offers fast rail connections to Hamburg and Berlin and from there to almost any other European city.
If you however want to arrive by plane, the nearest international airports would be in Hamburg and Berlin.
Is it a good place to learn German?
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern is a great place to learn the German language. People here now speak mainly the standard German, which was not the case a few years ago where they spoke the so called “Low German”.
You can also contact the agency called “BAMF” that offers free german- and integration-coures for people from different countries that would like to work in Germany. You should check their website for more information and where those courses will be available in your area (http://www.bamf.de/).
German is a very difficult language in general and has a large variety of dialects and slangs that even the native speakers have their problems with it, so it is very important that you find the right class for you.
Moving to Rostock: 3 things you need to know
1.) Where to live?
Rostock offers a lot of great places to live. To give you some idea’s depending on your budget take a look on the list below.
The most desired districts in Rostock would be the Kropeliner Gate suburb and the eastern part of the Old Town (Altstadt)
Some medium range districts would be Reutershagen and the Hansa district.
And some of the less expensive areas are in the districts of White Cross (Weisses Kreuz) and Riekdahl.
2.) Where to work?
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern is the least densely populated and least industrial German state, being the sixth largest in size, but only 14th in population. Now the economy is growing and the number of jobs is increasing continually. Growing sectors are biotechnology, information technology, life sciences, maritime industry and tourist services.
The economy especially in Rostock is strongly influenced by tourism, the University of Rostock and maritime industries with the focus on shipbuilding and the service sector.
For more information visit (http://www.rostock.de/wohnen-arbeit-verkehr/jobs-rostock.html).
3.) How to get around?
Within the city the Rostock tramway network is available, along with a wide network of buses and ferries. The first privately financed tunnel in Germany crosses the Warnow river and connects the eastern part of Rostock with the western part.
Rostock is Germany’s largest Baltic port and also home to a large ferry port. It is a main base for ferry operators, which connect Rostock with major Scandinavian destinations.