Giżycko County

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Giżycko County
Powiat giżycki
Flag of Giżycko County
Coat of arms of Giżycko County
Coat of arms
Location within the voivodeship
Location within the voivodeship
Division into gminas
Division into gminas
Coordinates (Giżycko): 54°2′N 21°46′E / 54.033°N 21.767°E / 54.033; 21.767Coordinates: 54°2′N 21°46′E / 54.033°N 21.767°E / 54.033; 21.767
Country  Poland
Voivodeship Warmian-Masurian
Seat Giżycko
 • Total 1,118.74 km2 (431.95 sq mi)
Population (2006)
 • Total 56,863
 • Density 51/km2 (130/sq mi)
 • Urban 32,673
 • Rural 24,190
Car plates NGI

Giżycko County (Polish: powiat giżycki) is a unit of territorial administration and local government (powiat) in Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship, northern Poland. It came into being on 1 January 1999, as a result of the Polish local government reforms of 1998. Its administrative seat and largest town is Giżycko, which lies 88 kilometres (55 mi) east of the regional capital Olsztyn. The only other town in the county is Ryn, lying 18 km (11 mi) south-west of Giżycko.

The county covers an area of 1,118.74 square kilometres (431.9 sq mi). As of 2006 its total population is 56,863, out of which the population of Giżycko is 29,667, that of Ryn is 3,006, and the rural population is 24,190.

Until 2002 Giżycko County also included the three gminas which now form Węgorzewo County.

Neighbouring counties[edit]

Giżycko County is bordered by Węgorzewo County to the north, Gołdap County to the north-east, Olecko County and Ełk County to the east, Pisz County to the south, and Mrągowo County and Kętrzyn County to the west.

Administrative division[edit]

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

Gmina Type Area
Giżycko urban 13.9 29,667  
Gmina Giżycko rural 289.8 7,671 Giżycko *
Gmina Wydminy rural 233.5 6,650 Wydminy
Gmina Ryn urban-rural 211.2 5,986 Ryn
Gmina Miłki rural 169.4 3,861 Miłki
Gmina Kruklanki rural 201.0 3,028 Kruklanki
* seat not part of the gmina