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West Pomeranian Voivodeship
Województwo zachodniopomorskie
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Coat of arms
Location within Poland
Division into counties
Coordinates (Szczecin): 53°25′N 14°35′E / 53.417, 14.583Coordinates: 53°25′N 14°35′E / 53.417, 14.583
Country  Poland
Capital Szczecin
 • Total 22,896 km2 (8,840 sq mi)
Population (2006)
 • Total 1,693,533
 • Density 74/km2 (190/sq mi)
 • Urban 1,170,105
 • Rural 523,428
Car plates Z
* further divided into 114 gminas

West Pomeranian Voivodeship, (in Polish, województwo zachodniopomorskie [vɔjɛˈvut​͡stfɔ zaˈxɔdɲɔ pɔˈmɔrskʲɛ]), is a voivodeship in northwestern Poland. It borders on Pomeranian Voivodeship to the east, Greater Poland Voivodeship to the southeast, Lubusz Voivodeship to the south, the German federal-state of Mecklenburg-West Pomerania to the west, and the Baltic Sea to the north. Its capital and largest city is Szczecin.

It was established on January 1, 1999, out of the former Szczecin and Koszalin Voivodeships and parts of other neighboring voivodeships, pursuant to the Polish local government reforms adopted in 1998. It is named for the historical region of Pomerania (Polish: Pomorze). In spite of the name ("West Pomeranian"), the voivoideship does not include the most westerly parts of historical Pomerania, which lie in Germany's Vorpommern (see Western Pomerania).

Geography and tourism[edit | edit source]

Oder in Police

Church of Virgin Mary, Queen of the World in Stargard Szczeciński

West Pomeranian Voivodeship is the fifth largest voivodeship of Poland in terms of area. Among the largest cities, of the region, are the capital Szczecin, as well as Koszalin, Stargard Szczeciński, and Świnoujście.

This is a picturesque region of the Baltic Sea coast, with many beaches, lakes and woodlands. Szczecin, Świnoujście and Police are important ports. Other major seaside towns include Międzyzdroje, Dziwnów, Kołobrzeg, and Mielno.

West Pomerania is considered one of the greenest regions of Poland, and one of the most attractive for tourists. It is characterized by incredible diversity of the landscape: beaches, hundreds of lakes, and forests full of wildlife (e.g. Wkrzanska Forest), spreading mainly up the hills of the glacial lakes areas. West Pomerania is also rich in various forms and styles of architecture that were built during the Middle Ages as well as the Gothic, Baroque, and Renaissance periods. There is a diverse repertoire of theaters, festivals, museums and galleries. During a few-day long annual Sea Festival in Szczecin, a number of free open air concerts take place. In Świnoujście during the summer, the FAMA Academic Youth Arts Festival takes place – an event with several years of tradition, which attracts not only young people but also older alumni. In Międzyzdroje, there is a Festival Of The Stars, which draws many popular actors. In Wolin, a Viking Festival takes place, which draws "Vikings" from all across Europe.

Another draw to the area is a wide array of health resorts. Brine and peloid, discovered in the 19th century, together with geothermal water resources, are popular attractions in Świnoujście, Kamień Pomorski and Połczyn Zdrój.

Cities and towns[edit | edit source]

Park in Połczyn-Zdrój

The old Gothic town hall in Chojna, built by Germans in 1320 when the town was known as Königsberg in der Neumark

The voivodeship contains 64 cities and towns. These are listed below in descending order of population (according to official figures for 2006[1] ):

Administrative division[edit | edit source]

West Pomeranian Voivodeship is divided into 21 counties (powiats): 3 city counties and 18 land counties. These are further divided into 114 gminas.

The counties are listed in the following table (ordering within categories is by decreasing population).

English and
Polish names
Seat Other towns Total
City counties
Szczecin 301 410,809 1
Koszalin 84 107,783 1
Świnoujście 197 40,899 1
Land counties
Stargard County
powiat stargardzki
1,520 119,402 Stargard Szczeciński Chociwel, Dobrzany, Ińsko, Suchań 10
Gryfino County
powiat gryfiński
1,870 82,813 Gryfino Chojna, Mieszkowice, Trzcińsko-Zdrój, Cedynia, Moryń 9
Goleniów County
powiat goleniowski
1,617 78,738 Goleniów Nowogard, Maszewo 6
Szczecinek County
powiat szczecinecki
1,765 77,232 Szczecinek Borne Sulinowo, Barwice, Biały Bór 6
Kołobrzeg County
powiat kołobrzeski
726 76,089 Kołobrzeg Gościno 7
Myślibórz County
powiat myśliborski
1,182 67,412 Myślibórz Barlinek, Dębno 5
Police County
powiat policki
664 64,147 Police Nowe Warpno 4
Koszalin County
powiat koszaliński
1,669 64,087 Koszalin * Sianów, Bobolice, Polanów 8
Gryfice County
powiat gryficki
1,018 60,773 Gryfice Trzebiatów, Płoty 6
Drawsko County
powiat drawski
1,764 58,073 Drawsko Pomorskie Złocieniec, Czaplinek, Kalisz Pomorski 6
Sławno County
powiat sławieński
1,044 57,643 Sławno Darłowo 6
Wałcz County
powiat wałecki
1,415 54,639 Wałcz Mirosławiec, Człopa, Tuczno 5
Choszczno County
powiat choszczeński
1,328 50,066 Choszczno Recz, Pełczyce, Drawno 6
Świdwin County
powiat świdwiński
1,093 48,920 Świdwin Połczyn-Zdrój 6
Białogard County
powiat białogardzki
845 48,241 Białogard Karlino, Tychowo 4
Kamień County
powiat kamieński
1,007 47,604 Kamień Pomorski Międzyzdroje, Wolin, Dziwnów, Golczewo 6
Pyrzyce County
powiat pyrzycki
726 39,931 Pyrzyce Lipiany 6
Łobez County
powiat łobeski
1,066 38,232 Łobez Resko, Węgorzyno, Dobra 5
   NOTE: * seat not part of the county

Protected areas[edit | edit source]

Wolin National Park

Protected areas in West Pomeranian Voivodeship include two National Parks and seven Landscape Parks. These are listed below.

Most popular surnames in the region[edit | edit source]

  1. Nowak: 7,444
  2. Kowalski: 6,345
  3. Wiśniewski: 6,284

Education and science[edit | edit source]

Pomeranian Medical University, the hospital in Police, Poland

Industrial, science and technology parks[edit | edit source]

Airport[edit | edit source]

The only domestic and international airport in West Pomeranian Voivodeship is Szczecin-Goleniów "Solidarność" Airport.

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