Leśnica

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Leśnica
Leschnitz
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Leśnica Leschnitz is located in Poland
Leśnica Leschnitz
Leśnica
Leschnitz
Coordinates: 50°25′45″N 18°10′52″E / 50.42917°N 18.18111°E / 50.42917; 18.18111Coordinates: 50°25′45″N 18°10′52″E / 50.42917°N 18.18111°E / 50.42917; 18.18111
Country Poland
VoivodeshipOpole
CountyStrzelce Opolskie
GminaLeśnica
Established13th century
Town rights1217
Government
 • MayorŁukasz Jastrzembski
Area
 • Total14.45 km2 (5.58 sq mi)
Elevation
205 m (673 ft)
Population
 (2007)
 • Total2,905
 • Density200/km2 (520/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
47-150
Area code(s)+48 77
Car platesOST
WebsiteOfficial website

Leśnica [lɛɕˈɲit͡sa] (German: Leschnitz, 1936-45 Bergstadt) is a town in Poland. Since 1999 it has been in Strzelce Opolskie County in Opole Voivodship.

History[edit]

Bilingual labeling in German and Polish

The town, which was first documented in 1217, was destroyed in 1429 during the Hussite Wars. As Leschnitz, it was annexed by the Kingdom of Prussia in 1742 during the First Silesian War. The town was included in Landkreis Groß Strehlitz within the Prussian Province of Silesia in 1816. Leschnitz became part of the German Empire in 1871 during the unification of Germany. In 1936 while part of the Province of Upper Silesia, it was renamed Bergstadt (mountain town). In 1945 it was placed under Polish administration according to the Potsdam Agreement and renamed Leśnica. Due to fact that no less than 20% of its population belongs to the German minority in Poland, the town uses bilingual Polish and German signs and language [1] —Polish remains official, German is the language of "assistance".[2]

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