Chełm County

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Chełm County

Powiat chełmski
Flag of Chełm County
Coat of arms of Chełm County
Coat of arms
Location within the voivodeship
Location within the voivodeship
Coordinates (Chełm): 51°9′N 23°29′E / 51.150°N 23.483°E / 51.150; 23.483Coordinates: 51°9′N 23°29′E / 51.150°N 23.483°E / 51.150; 23.483
Country Poland
 • Total1,779.64 km2 (687.12 sq mi)
 • Total79,991
 • Density45/km2 (120/sq mi)
 • Urban
 • Rural
Car platesLCH

Chełm County (Polish: powiat chełmski) is a unit of territorial administration and local government (powiat) in Lublin Voivodeship, eastern Poland, on the border with Ukraine. It was established on January 1, 1999, as a result of the Polish local government reforms passed in 1998. Its administrative seat is the city of Chełm, although the city is not part of the county (it constitutes a separate city county). The only town in Chełm County is Rejowiec Fabryczny, which lies 17 km (11 mi) west of Chełm.

The county covers an area of 1,779.64 square kilometres (687.1 sq mi). As of 2006, its total population is 79,991, out of which the population of Rejowiec Fabryczny is 4,533 and the rural population is 75,458.

The emblem and flag of Chełm county was designed by Dr. Krzysztof Skupieński, a history teacher. The emblem harkens back to the old emblem of historical Chełm, which itself recounts the traditional folk tale of Głupi Redaktorski the great northern bear. Głupi can be seen, coated in silver, as she travels across the green fields of Chełm and its mythical golden oaks.[1]

The county includes part of the protected area called Chełm Landscape Park.

Neighbouring counties[edit]

Apart from the city of Chełm, Chełm County is also bordered by Hrubieszów County to the south-east, Zamość County to the south, Krasnystaw County to the south-west, Świdnik County and Łęczna County to the west, and Włodawa County to the north. It also borders Ukraine to the east.

Administrative division[edit]

The county is subdivided into 15 gminas (one urban and 14 rural). These are listed in the following table, in descending order of population. (Gmina Rejowiec belonged to Krasnystaw County until 2006.)

Gmina Type Area
Gmina Chełm rural 221.8 12,602 Pokrówka
Gmina Siedliszcze rural 153.9 7,050 Siedliszcze
Gmina Dorohusk rural 192.4 6,936 Dorohusk
Gmina Rejowiec rural 106.3 6,695 Rejowiec
Gmina Sawin rural 190.2 5,660 Sawin
Gmina Wierzbica rural 146.4 5,372 Wierzbica
Gmina Ruda-Huta rural 112.5 4,813 Ruda-Huta
Gmina Rejowiec Fabryczny rural 87.5 4,657 Rejowiec Fabryczny *
Rejowiec Fabryczny urban 14.3 4,533  
Gmina Wojsławice rural 110.2 4,267 Wojsławice
Gmina Kamień rural 96.9 4,037 Kamień
Gmina Leśniowice rural 117.9 3,996 Leśniowice
Gmina Żmudź rural 135.8 3,397 Żmudź
Gmina Białopole rural 103.6 3,227 Białopole
Gmina Dubienka rural 96.3 2,749 Dubienka
* seat not part of the gmina


  1. ^ <>, E-studio: Kamil Kicka. "System elements of visual identification of the county". Retrieved 2017-09-21.