Bydgoszcz County

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Bydgoszcz County

Powiat bydgoski
Flag of Bydgoszcz County
Coat of arms of Bydgoszcz County
Coat of arms
Location within the voivodeship
Location within the voivodeship
Division into gminas
Division into gminas
Coordinates (Bydgoszcz): 53°7′N 18°0′E / 53.117°N 18.000°E / 53.117; 18.000Coordinates: 53°7′N 18°0′E / 53.117°N 18.000°E / 53.117; 18.000
Country Poland
 • Total1,394.8 km2 (538.5 sq mi)
 • Total102,470
 • Density73/km2 (190/sq mi)
 • Urban
 • Rural
Car platesCBY

Bydgoszcz County (Polish: powiat bydgoski) is a unit of territorial administration and local government (powiat) in Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship, north-central Poland. It was created on 1 January 1999 as a result of the Polish local government reforms passed in 1998. Its administrative seat is the city of Bydgoszcz, although the city is not part of the county (it constitutes a separate city county). The only towns in Bydgoszcz County are Solec Kujawski, which lies 17 km (11 mi) east of Bydgoszcz, and Koronowo, 23 km (14 mi) north of Bydgoszcz.

The county covers an area of 1,394.8 square kilometres (538.5 sq mi). As of 2006 its total population is 95,773, out of which the population of Solec Kujawski is 15,060, that of Koronowo is 10,784, and the rural population is 69,929.


Voters elect a unicameral Bydgoszcz County Council (Polish: Rada Powiatu Bydgoskiego) consisting of a 21-members. The Council is elected under proportional representation in free elections for a 4-year term.. Executive body is county executive board (zarząd powiatu) consists of five members elected by the Council. The Board is headed by the starosta (Starosta Bydgoski).

Council districts[edit]

Electoral districts.

Members of the Council are elected from five districts, serve four-year terms. Districts does not have the constituencies formal names. Instead, each constituency has a number and territorial description.

Number Seats Gmina(s)
1st 5 Koronowo
2nd 3 Solec Kujawski
3rd 5 Białe Błota, Nowa Wieś Wielka
4th 4 Osielsko, Sicienko
5th 4 Dąbrowa Chełmińska, Dobrcz

Neighbouring counties[edit]

Apart from the city of Bydgoszcz, Bydgoszcz County is also bordered by Tuchola County to the north, Świecie County and Chełmno County to the north-east, Toruń County to the east, Inowrocław County to the south, Żnin County to the south-west, Nakło County to the west, and Sępólno County to the north-west.

Administrative division[edit]

The county is subdivided into eight gminas (two urban-rural and six rural). These are listed in the following table, in descending order of population.

Gmina Type Area
Gmina Koronowo urban-rural 411.7 23,229 Koronowo
Gmina Solec Kujawski urban-rural 175.4 16,067 Solec Kujawski
Gmina Białe Błota rural 122.1 14,003 Białe Błota
Gmina Dobrcz rural 130.4 9,215 Dobrcz
Gmina Sicienko rural 179.5 8,987 Sicienko
Gmina Osielsko rural 102.9 8,917 Osielsko
Gmina Nowa Wieś Wielka rural 148.5 8,176 Nowa Wieś Wielka
Gmina Dąbrowa Chełmińska rural 124.6 7,179 Dąbrowa Chełmińska