Świętokrzyskie Voivodeship

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Świętokrzyskie Voivodeship
Województwo świętokrzyskie
Voivodeship
Skyline of Świętokrzyskie Voivodeship
Flag of Świętokrzyskie Voivodeship
Flag
Coat of arms of Świętokrzyskie Voivodeship
Coat of arms
Location within Poland
Location within Poland
Division into counties
Division into counties
Coordinates (Kielce): 50°53′N 20°37′E / 50.883°N 20.617°E / 50.883; 20.617
Country  Poland
Capital Kielce
Counties
Area
 • Total 11,672 km2 (4,507 sq mi)
Population (2006)
 • Total 1,281,796
 • Density 110/km2 (280/sq mi)
 • Urban 581,322
 • Rural 700,474
Car plates T
Website http://www.kielce.uw.gov.pl/
  • further divided into 102 gminas

Świętokrzyskie Voivodeship, Świętokrzyskie Province,[1] or Holy Cross Province (Polish: województwo świętokrzyskie [vɔjɛˈvut͡stfɔ ɕfjɛntɔˈkʂɨskʲɛ]) is one of the 16 voivodeships (provinces) into which Poland is divided. It is situated in central Poland, in the historical province of Lesser Poland, and takes its name from the Świętokrzyskie (Holy Cross) mountain range. Its capital and largest city is Kielce.

Świętokrzyskie Province is bounded by six other voivodeships: Masovian to the north, Lublin to the east, Subcarpathian to the southeast, Lesser Poland to the south, Silesian to the southwest, and Łódź to the northwest.

The province was created on 1 January 1999, out of the former Kielce Voivodeship,eastern part of Częstochowa Voivodeship and western part of Tarnobrzeg Voivodeship, pursuant to the Polish local government reforms adopted in 1998. It covers an area of 11,672 square kilometres (4,507 sq mi), making it the second smallest of the voivodeships (after Opole). As at 2006, the total population of Świętokrzyskie Voivodeship is 1,281,796.

Cities and towns[edit]

Kielce is the capital of the voivodeship
Ostrowiec Świętokrzyski is the second most populous city
Sandomierz is one of the main tourist destinations in the Świętokrzyskie Voivodeship

The voivodeship contains 31 cities and towns. These are listed below in descending order of population (according to official figures for 2006[2] ):

  1. Kielce (207,718)
  2. Ostrowiec Świętokrzyski (73,937)
  3. Starachowice (53,092)
  4. Skarżysko-Kamienna (49,131)
  5. Sandomierz (25,088)
  6. Końskie (20,667)
  7. Busko-Zdrój (17,297)
  8. Jędrzejów (16,577)
  9. Staszów (15,499)
  10. Pińczów (11,886)
  11. Włoszczowa (10,782)
  12. Suchedniów (8,911)
  13. Połaniec (8,316)
  14. Opatów (6,846)
  15. Sędziszów (6,813)
  16. Stąporków (5,986)
  17. Kazimierza Wielka (5,730)
  18. Ożarów (4,816)
  19. Chęciny (4,252)
  20. Chmielnik (4,005)
  21. Małogoszcz (3,943)
  22. Ćmielów (3,172)
  23. Kunów (3,127)
  24. Daleszyce (2,800)
  25. Wąchock (2,760)
  26. Koprzywnica (2,531)
  27. Bodzentyn (2,241)
  28. Osiek (1,955)
  29. Zawichost (1,853)
  30. Skalbmierz (1,323)
  31. Działoszyce (1,068)

Administrative division[edit]

Świętokrzyskie Voivodeship is divided into 14 counties (powiats): 1 city county and 13 land counties. These are further divided into 102 gminas.

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

English and
Polish names
Area
(km²)
Population
(2006)
Seat Other towns Total
gminas
City counties
Kielce 110 207,718 1
Land counties
Kielce County
powiat kielecki
2,247 198,581 Kielce * Chęciny, Chmielnik, Daleszyce, Bodzentyn 19
Ostrowiec County
powiat ostrowiecki
616 116,179 Ostrowiec Świętokrzyski Ćmielów, Kunów 6
Starachowice County
powiat starachowicki
523 94,395 Starachowice Wąchock 5
Jędrzejów County
powiat jędrzejowski
1,257 89,304 Jędrzejów Sędziszów, Małogoszcz 9
Końskie County
powiat konecki
1,140 84,239 Końskie Stąporków 8
Sandomierz County
powiat sandomierski
676 81,733 Sandomierz Koprzywnica, Zawichost 9
Skarżysko County
powiat skarżyski
395 80,024 Skarżysko-Kamienna Suchedniów 5
Staszów County
powiat staszowski
925 74,004 Staszów Połaniec, Osiek 8
Busko County
powiat buski
967 73,940 Busko-Zdrój 8
Opatów County
powiat opatowski
912 56,645 Opatów Ożarów 8
Włoszczowa County
powiat włoszczowski
906 47,137 Włoszczowa 6
Pińczów County
powiat pińczowski
611 42,127 Pińczów Działoszyce 5
Kazimierza County
powiat kazimierski
422 35,770 Kazimierza Wielka Skalbmierz 5
* seat not part of the county

Protected areas[edit]

Protected areas in Świętokrzyskie Voivodeship include one National Park and nine Landscape Parks. These are listed below.

Most popular surnames in the region[citation needed][edit]

  1. Nowak: 5,538
  2. Wieczorek: 2,654
  3. Mazur: 2,512

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tłumaczenie polskich nazw geograficznych na język angielski [Translation of Polish Geographical Names into English], Arkadiusz Belczyk, 2002-2006.
  2. ^ http://www.stat.gov.pl/gus/45_655_PLK_HTML.htm

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 50°45′56″N 20°46′25″E / 50.76556°N 20.77361°E / 50.76556; 20.77361