Mońki

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Mońki
The parish church
The parish church
Flag of Mońki
Flag
Coat of arms of Mońki
Coat of arms
Mońki is located in Poland
Mońki
Mońki
Coordinates: 53°24′N 22°48′E / 53.400°N 22.800°E / 53.400; 22.800
Country  Poland
Voivodeship Podlaskie
County Mońki County
Gmina Gmina Mońki
Established 16th century
Town rights 1965
Government
 • Mayor Zbigniew Karwowski
Area
 • Total 7.66 km2 (2.96 sq mi)
Population (2011)
 • Total 10 460
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 19-100, 19-101
Area code(s) +48 85
Car plates BMN
Website http://um-monki.pl

Mońki [ˈmɔɲkʲi] is a town in northeastern Poland and, as of 1999, is situated in the Podlaskie Voivodeship. From 1975 to 1998 it was part of the Białystok Voivodeship (1975–1998). It is the capital of Mońki County.

History[edit]

In the 16th century Mońki was a village owned by the Mońko family. In the 19th century, when building railroad from Grodno was in progress, in the neighborhood of Mońki a train station was built. After the First World War a Catholic church was built. In the late World War II Germans destroyed the church. After the war, in 1954, the village was adopted as capital of the Mońki county. That increased develop of the village and in 1965 Mońki became a city. In 1975 the county was deleted, but it returned in 1999 (1998).

Symbols[edit]

Mońki's coat of arms presents a lady with potatoes. It is connected with an old type of farming in Mońki village and it neighbourhood. In city (also in 2012) was organised a day of potato.

Many of Mońki's inhabitants have moved abroad, particularly to the US, so they can send remittances to their families.

Economy[edit]

In Mońki existed especially food enterprises. The largest is Moniecka Spółdzielnia Mleczarska (dairy).

Education[edit]

In Mońki existed two primary school (one connected with first grade music school), gymnasium. general liceum, technikum and szkoła zawodowa.

Transport[edit]

Through Mońki goes droga krajowa 65 (road), connecting city with Białystok and Grajewo.

Tourism[edit]

Near Mońki there are some of the greatest swamps in Europe, the Biebrza River Swamps, and in 1993 the government created the Biebrza National Park (BNP) to recognise and protect their unique nature. The Biebrza River Swamps are an important habitat for rare birds such as the ruff (pol. batalion), which is a symbol of the BNP.

Gallery[edit]

Coordinates: 53°24′N 22°49′E / 53.400°N 22.817°E / 53.400; 22.817