Łódź Voivodeship

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Coordinates: 51°36′43″N 19°25′26″E / 51.61194°N 19.42389°E / 51.61194; 19.42389

Łódź Voivodeship
Województwo łódzkie
Skyline of Łódź Voivodeship
Flag of Łódź Voivodeship
Coat of arms of Łódź Voivodeship
Coat of arms
Location within Poland
Location within Poland
Division into counties
Division into counties
Coordinates (Łódź): 51°47′N 19°28′E / 51.783°N 19.467°E / 51.783; 19.467
Country  Poland
Capital Łódź
 • Total 18,219 km2 (7,034 sq mi)
Population (31-12-2016)
 • Total 2,485,323
 • Density 140/km2 (350/sq mi)
 • Urban 1,563,595
 • Rural 921,728
GDP (nominal; 2014)[1]
 • Total €25 billion
 • Per capita €10,000
Vehicle registration E
Website www.lodzkie.pl
*further divided into 177 gminas

Łódź Voivodeship (also known as Łódź Province,[2] or by its Polish name, województwo łódzkie [vɔjɛˈvut͡stfɔ ˈwut͡skʲɛ]) is a province (voivodeship) in central Poland. It was created on 1 January 1999 out of the former Łódź Voivodeship (1975–1999) and the Sieradz, Piotrków Trybunalski and Skierniewice Voivodeships and part of Płock Voivodeship, pursuant to the Polish local government reforms adopted in 1998. The province is named after its capital and largest city, Łódź, pronounced [wut͡ɕ].

Łódź Voivodeship is bordered by six other voivodeships: Masovian to the north and east, Świętokrzyskie to the south-east, Silesian to the south, Opole to the south-west, Greater Poland to the west, and Kuyavian-Pomeranian for a short stretch to the north. Its territory belongs to three historical provinces of Poland – Masovia (in the east), Greater Poland (in the west) and Lesser Poland (in the southeast, around Opoczno).

Cities and towns[edit]

The voivodeship contains 44 cities and towns. These are listed below in descending order of population (according to official figures for 2016):[3]

  1. Łódź (696,503)
  2. Piotrków Trybunalski (74,694)
  3. Pabianice (66,265)
  4. Tomaszów Mazowiecki (63,601)
  5. Bełchatów (58,326)
  6. Zgierz (56,929)
  7. Skierniewice (48,327)
  8. Radomsko (46,583)
  9. Kutno (44,718)
  10. Sieradz (42,762)
  11. Zduńska Wola (42,698)
  12. Łowicz (28,811)
  13. Wieluń (22,973)
  14. Opoczno (21,635)
  15. Aleksandrów Łódzki (21,380)
  16. Ozorków (19,809)
  17. Konstantynów Łódzki (17,892)
  18. Łask (17,604)
  19. Rawa Mazowiecka (17,561)
  20. Głowno (14,534)
  21. Łęczyca (14,362)
  22. Koluszki (13,246)
  23. Brzeziny (12,514)
  24. Wieruszów (8,639)
  25. Żychlin (8,376)
  26. Zelów (7,725)
  27. Poddębice (7,630)
  28. Tuszyn (7,280)
  29. Pajęczno (6,829)
  30. Sulejów (6,272)
  31. Działoszyn (6,040)
  32. Krośniewice (4,458)
  33. Drzewica (3,913)
  34. Przedbórz (3,649)
  35. Stryków (3,477)
  36. Rzgów (3,378)
  37. Złoczew (3,371)
  38. Warta (3,303)
  39. Biała Rawska (3,212)
  40. Uniejów (2,984)
  41. Kamieńsk (2,821)
  42. Wolbórz (2,339)
  43. Błaszki (2,196)
  44. Szadek (1,976)

Administrative division[edit]

Łódź Voivodeship is divided into 24 counties (powiats): 3 city counties and 21 land counties. These are further divided into 177 gminas.

The counties are listed in the following table (ordering within categories is by decreasing population).[3]

English and
Polish names
Seat Other towns Total
City counties
Łódź 293 696,503 1
Piotrków Trybunalski 67 74,694 1
Skierniewice 33 48,327 1
Land counties
Zgierz County
powiat zgierski
854 165,206 Zgierz Ozorków, Aleksandrów Łódzki, Głowno, Stryków 9
Pabianice County
powiat pabianicki
491 119,299 Pabianice Konstantynów Łódzki 7
Sieradz County
powiat sieradzki
1,491 119,009 Sieradz Złoczew, Warta, Błaszki 11
Tomaszów Mazowiecki County
powiat tomaszowski
1,026 118,234 Tomaszów Mazowiecki 11
Radomsko County
powiat radomszczański
1,443 114,336 Radomsko Przedbórz, Kamieńsk 14
Bełchatów County
powiat bełchatowski
969 113,004 Bełchatów Zelów 8
Kutno County
powiat kutnowski
886 98,583 Kutno Żychlin, Krośniewice 11
Piotrków County
powiat piotrkowski
1,429 93,334 Piotrków Trybunalski * Sulejów, Wolbórz 11
Łowicz County
powiat łowicki
987 79,340 Łowicz 10
Opoczno County
powiat opoczyński
1,039 77,203 Opoczno Drzewica 8
Wieluń County
powiat wieluński
928 77,238 Wieluń 10
Łódź East County
powiat łódzki wschodni
499 70,796 Łódź * Koluszki, Tuszyn, Rzgów 6
Zduńska Wola County
powiat zduńskowolski
369 67,248 Zduńska Wola Szadek 4
Pajęczno County
powiat pajęczański
804 52,003 Pajęczno Działoszyn 8
Łęczyca County
powiat łęczycki
774 50,769 Łęczyca 8
Łask County
powiat łaski
617 50,285 Łask 5
Rawa County
powiat rawski
647 49,081 Rawa Mazowiecka Biała Rawska 6
Wieruszów County
powiat wieruszowski
576 42,237 Wieruszów 7
Poddębice County
powiat poddębicki
881 41,484 Poddębice Uniejów 6
Skierniewice County
powiat skierniewicki
756 38,198 Skierniewice * 9
Brzeziny County
powiat brzeziński
359 30,912 Brzeziny 5
* seat not part of the county

Protected areas[edit]

Protected areas in Łódź Voivodeship include seven Landscape Parks, as listed below.


Łódź Voivodeship 1921–1939

The capital of the Łódź Voivodeship has always been Łódź, but the area of land which it comprises has changed several times. The first was a unit of administrative division and local government in the Second Polish Republic in the years 1921–1939. In 1938 some western counties were ceded to Greater Poland Voivodeship (see: Territorial changes of Polish Voivodeships on April 1, 1938).

After the change, Łódź Voivodeship's area was 20,446 square kilometres (7,894 sq mi), and its population (as for 1931) was 2,650,100. It consisted of 15 powiats (counties):

The largest cities of the voivodeship were (population according to the 1931 census):

  • Łódź (pop. 604,600),
  • Piotrków Trybunalski (pop. 51,300),
  • Pabianice (pop. 45,700),
  • Tomaszów Mazowiecki (pop. 38,000),
  • Zgierz (pop. 26,600),
  • Kutno (pop. 23,400),
  • Radomsko (pop. 23,000).

Source: Mały rocznik statystyczny 1939, Nakładem Glownego Urzędu Statystycznego, Warszawa 1939 (Concise Statistical Year-Book of Poland, Warsaw 1939).

The next incarnation existed from 1945 until 1975 (although the city of Łódź was excluded as a separate City Voivodeship). This Łódź Voivodeship was then broken up, superseded by Łódź (see below), Sieradz, Piotrków Trybunalski, Skierniewice and partly Płock Voivodeships.

Łódź Voivodeship 1975–1998

Łódź Voivodeship, also known as Łódź Metropolitan Voivodeship (województwo miejskie łódzkie), existed from 1975 until 1998, after which it was incorporated into today's Łódź Voivodeship. Until 1990, the mayor of the city of Łódź was also the voivodeship governor.

As of 1995, major cities and towns in Łódź Metropolitan Voivodeship included (with their 1995 populations):

Culture and education[edit]

The Rector's Office of the Lodz University of Technology

The basic cultural activities in the Łódź Region are: monitoring activities of seven regional self-government cultural institutions, i.e.: the Arthur Rubinstein Łódź Philharmonic, Museum of Art in Łódź (having one of the biggest modern art collections in Europe), the Opera House, Stefan Jaracz Theater, the Museum of Archeology and Ethnography, the Józef Piłsudski Regional and Municipal Public Library in Łódź, the Chamber of Culture in Łódź but also: supporting NGO’s, protection of monuments, awarding scholarships to young artists and rewards for the prominent artists. What is more, infrastructural projects are being undertaken. Among the most important investments are: the creation of four regional scenes in Stefan Jaracz Theatre, opening the new section of the Museum of Art in Łódź - ms² or the reconstruction of medieval settlement in Tum in the vicinity of Łęczyca. The major universities in Łódź Voivodeship are:

There are also dozens of other schools and academies, but for the last four years the best students in Łódź Voivodeship (according to the prestigious contest "Studencki Nobel") have been studying at the University of Łódź - in 2009 the regional laureate was Piotr Pawlikowski, in 2010 - Joanna Dziuba, in 2011 and 2012 - Paweł Rogaliński.[4][5]

The excellent scientific staff of the higher education establishments in Łódź is complemented by Łódź’s scientists from the Institute of the Polish Academy of Sciences (PAN) and scientific ministerial institutes working within the field of the occupational medicine, textile, paper and leather industries. The number of students in the higher education establishments in Łódź is still growing. Currently, they educate 113,000 students from Poland and other countries.


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