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Szczecin (German name: Stettin) is the 7th largest city in Poland and the second largest Polish seaport on the Baltic. It is also the capital of the West Pomeranian Voivodship. There are 419,000 inhabitants in Szczecin (as of 2004). Until the end of the second world war, the city was part of Germany.

Szczecin is situated in the north-west corner of Poland, on both banks of the Oder River, close to Baltic Sea and the German border. The city is situated to the south of and around the greater bay into which the Oder river flows. The Western side is commonly called the Left Bank (Lewobrzeże), and the Eastern side the Right Bank (Prawobrzeże). Between them is an archipelago with many islands (mainly industrial areas with shipyards and sea-port infrastructure).

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A stronghold of the Lusatian culture was here in the early Iron Age period. Another stronghold of the Pomeranians was built in the 8th century at the ford of the Oder river. The city was already a flourishing trading centre with 10,000 inhabitants when it was subjugated and baptized by Boleslaus III of Poland. A medieval municipality was granted autonomy in 1243. Till the 1630s it was the capital of the Polish Duchy of Pomerania ruled by the Slavonic Griffin dynasty. After their extinction Szczecin fell to Sweden till 1720 (despite the Polish protests), then to Prussia, from 1870 part of the nation-state Germany, until 1945, when it was occupied by the Red Army and annexed to Poland, while its original inhabitants were expelled and the city colonized with Poles. It was rebuilt and made a major industrial centre, the capital of Szczecin Voivodship. It witnessed anti-communist revols in 1970 and 1980 adding its share to the birth of Solidarity movement. Since 1999 Szczecin is the capital of Western Pomeranian Voivodship.

Historical population

12th century: 5,000 inhabitants 1720: 6,000 inhabitants 1740: 12,300 inhabitants 1816: 21,500 inhabitants 1843: 37,100 inhabitants 1861: 58,500 inhabitants 1872: 76,000 inhabitants 1890: 116,228 inhabitants 1910: 236,000 inhabitants 1939: 382,000 inhabitants 1945: ? 1950: ? 1960: 269,400 inhabitants 1970: 338,000 inhabitants 1975: 369,700 inhabitants 1980: 388,300 inhabitants 1990: ? 2000: ? 2002: 413,600 inhabitants 2004: 419,000 inhabitants

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