Pasewalk (ˈpaːzəvalk) is a town
A town is a human settlement larger than a village but smaller than a city. The size a settlement must be in order to be called a "town" varies considerably in different parts of the world, so that, for example, many American "small towns" seem to British people to be no more than villages, while...

 in the Vorpommern-Greifswald
Vorpommern-Greifswald is a district in the east of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany. It is bounded by the districts Mecklenburgische Seenplatte, Vorpommern-Rügen, the Baltic Sea, Poland and the state Brandenburg...

 district, in the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in Germany
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. Located on the Uecker
The Uecker or Ucker is a river in the northeastern German states of Brandenburg, where it is known as the Ucker, and of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Its source lies in the Uckermark district, near the village Alt-Temmen. It flows north through Lake Oberuckersee, Lake Mollensee and Lake Unteruckersee,...

 river, it is the capital of the former Uecker-Randow
Uecker-Randow was a Kreis in the eastern part of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Germany. The district was created on June 12, 1994 by merging the previous districts Pasewalk, Ueckermünde and part of the district Strasburg...

 district, and the seat of the Uecker-Randow-Tal
Uecker-Randow-Tal is an Amt in the district of Vorpommern-Greifswald, in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany. The seat of the Amt is in Pasewalk, itself not part of the Amt.The Amt Uecker-Randow-Tal consists of the following municipalities:...

 Amt of which it is not part.

Pasewalk became a town during the 12th century and was soon a member of the Hanseatic League
Hanseatic League
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. In 1359 it passed to the Duke of Pomerania. Frequently ravaged during the wars which devastated the district, it was plundered several times by the imperialists during the Thirty Years' War
Thirty Years' War
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. In 1657 it was burned down by the Poles
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 and in 1713 by the Russia
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ns. In the Peace of Westphalia
Peace of Westphalia
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 in 1648 it was given to Sweden
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, but in 1676 it was conquered by Brandenburg
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. In 1720, in the Peace of Stockholm, it was finally assigned to Brandenburg-Prussia
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International relations

Pasewalk is twinned
Town twinning
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 with:: Norden
Norden, Lower Saxony
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: Police
Police, Poland
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: Halen
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