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Town hall
Town hall
Flag of Złocieniec
Coat of arms of Złocieniec
Coat of arms
Złocieniec is located in Poland
Coordinates: 53°31′37″N 16°0′44″E / 53.52694°N 16.01222°E / 53.52694; 16.01222
Country  Poland
Voivodeship West Pomeranian
County Drawsko
Gmina Złocieniec
 • Total 32.22 km2 (12.44 sq mi)
Population (2006)
 • Total 13,377
 • Density 420/km2 (1,100/sq mi)
Postal code 78-520
Website http://www.zlocieniec.pl

Złocieniec [zwɔˈt͡ɕeɲet͡s] (German: Falkenburg) is a city in Middle Pomerania, in north-western Poland with some 12,000 inhabitants. Located in Drawsko County in West Pomeranian Voivodeship since 1999, previously a town in Koszalin Voivodeship (1950–1998).


The official city webpage states that between the 7th and 6th century BC the area of the city was the site of a village and that the area of Western Pomerania was settled by Slavs in 6th-8th centuries; when the city rights were established the Złocieniec webpage informs that its highly probable that among German inhabitants of the city were also Slavs from Budów i Strzebłów-villages that were disbanded.[1] City laws were established by brothers von Wedel on 13 December 1333.[1] In 1668 the city was almost completely destroyed by a fire.[1] During the era of Nazi Germany the Ordensburg Krössinsee was built near the town in 1934. The SA attacked Jewish population here during Kristallnacht, later, during Second World War a forced labour camp was established near the city, from which 31 Poles managed to escape.[1][2] After World War II the city was handed over to Poland by the Allies, with Poles being transferred from the East while Germans were expelled to the west.

Notable residents[edit]

Population statistics[edit]

  • 1666: 990
  • 1880: 4,009[3]
  • 1925: 5,529[3]
  • 1939: 8,623[3]
  • 1950: 7,550
  • 1960: 8,400
  • 1970: 10,200
  • 1975: 11,500
  • 1980: 12,000
  • 1990: 18,000
  • 2000: 22,000
  • 2005: 28,000

International relations[edit]

Twin towns — sister cities[edit]

Złocieniec is twinned with:


  1. ^ a b c d www.zlocieniec.pl
  2. ^ Od pierwszej do ostatniej godziny drugiej wojny światowej: dzieje Polski i Polaków Czesław Łuczak 1995 page 80
  3. ^ a b c verwaltungsgeschichte.de(German)

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 53°32′N 16°00′E / 53.533°N 16.000°E / 53.533; 16.000