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Church in the town
Church in the town
Flag of Człopa
Coat of arms of Człopa
Coat of arms
Człopa is located in Poland
Coordinates: 53°5′N 16°8′E / 53.083°N 16.133°E / 53.083; 16.133
Country  Poland
Voivodeship West Pomeranian
County Wałcz
Gmina Człopa
Established 12th century
City rights 1245
 • Mayor Halina Ewa Rakowska
 • Total 6.33 km2 (2.44 sq mi)
Population (2006)
 • Total 2,390
 • Density 380/km2 (980/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code 78-630
Area code(s) +48 67
Car plates ZWA

Człopa [ˈt͡ʂwɔpa] (German: Schloppe) is a city in Wałcz County of the West Pomeranian Voivodeship in northwestern Poland. During the years 1975 to 1998, the city was administratively part of the Piła Voivodeship.

According to census data from 2004, the population is 2,400.

Located in the Wałcz Lake District on three lakes, Człopa is just east of the scenic Drawska Wilderness area which includes Drawieński National Park. Viritium, a Germanic city in the 2nd century as shown on the map of Ptolemios.

Człopa is an ancient city that was part of Poland since the 12th Century, guarding its northern and western borders. By the end of the 13th Century, the Czarnkowski family of the Nałęcz szlachta received possession of the region around Człopa from Przemysł II, prince of Greater Poland. The grant included permission to raise a hill-fort. Only portions of the hill-fort's walls have survived to the present time.


National road 22 from Kostrzyn nad Odrą to Braniewo passes through Człopa as does regional road 177. One rail line passes through the city, but service has been discontinued for a number of years.

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Coordinates: 53°05′N 16°08′E / 53.083°N 16.133°E / 53.083; 16.133