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Germany: see RügenRügen
, island (1994 est. pop. 85,000), 358 sq mi (927 sq km), Mecklenburg–West Pomerania, NE Germany, in the Baltic Sea, separated from the mainland by the Strelasund.
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a city in the German Democratic Republic, on Rügen Island. Rostock is the nearest major city. Population, 13,500 (1970). Sassnitz has train ferry communication with Trelleborg in Sweden. It is a fishing port on the Baltic Sea and an important center for the fishing industry. Chalk is extracted and processed near Sassnitz.

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