Świętajno, Szczytno County
Świętajno [ɕfjɛnˈtai̯nɔ] (German: Altkirchen; before 1938: Schwentainen) is a village in Szczytno County, Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship, in northern Poland. It is the seat of the gmina (administrative district) called Gmina Świętajno. It lies approximately 16 kilometres (10 mi) east of Szczytno and 54 km (34 mi) south-east of the regional capital Olsztyn.
Before 1945 the area was part of Germany (East Prussia). In the East Prussian plebiscite of 1920, which was largely boycotted by ethnic Poles, the inhabitants voted to remain in Germany. After World War II the region was placed under Polish administration by the Potsdam Agreement under territorial changes demanded by the Soviet Union. Most Germans fled or were expelled and replaced with Poles expelled from the Polish areas annexed by the Soviet Union or Ukranians forced to settle in the area through Operation Vistula in 1947.
The village has a population of 2,000.
- "Central Statistical Office (GUS) - TERYT (National Register of Territorial Land Apportionment Journal)" (in Polish). 2008-06-01.
- Max Meyhöfer: Die Landgemeinden des Kreises Ortelsburg, Holzner Verlag 1967, p. 25
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