Bełchatów ([bɛu̯ˈxatuf] (About this soundlisten)) is a town in central Poland with a population of 56,419 (2020).[1] It is located in Łódź Voivodeship, 160 kilometres (99 miles) from Warsaw.

Gabriel Narutowicz square
Gabriel Narutowicz square
Flag of Bełchatów
Coat of arms of Bełchatów
Bełchatów is located in Poland
Bełchatów is located in Łódź Voivodeship
Coordinates: 51°22′N 19°22′E / 51.367°N 19.367°E / 51.367; 19.367Coordinates: 51°22′N 19°22′E / 51.367°N 19.367°E / 51.367; 19.367
CountyBełchatów County
GminaBełchatów (urban gmina)
Established14th century
Town rights1743-1870, 1925
 • MayorMariola Czechowska
 • Total34.63 km2 (13.37 sq mi)
 (31 December 2020)
 • Total56,419 Decrease[1]
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Area code(s)+48 44
Car platesEBE

The Elektrownia Bełchatów, located in Bełchatów, is the largest coal fueled power plant in Europe and one of the largest in the world. It produces 27-28 TWh of electricity per year, or 20% of the total power generation in Poland.


One municipal division of Bełchatów comprises numerous housing estates including the Budowlanych housing estate located in the central part of the town (close to the "Kultura" cinema, the Municipal Cultural Center, the Town Hall and the church). The estate is also close to the "Rakówka" river and Olszewski Park.

Other municipal divisions of Bełchatów include Dobrzelów District, Grocholice, and the following housing estates:

  • Osiedle 1 Maja
  • Osiedle Binków
  • Osiedle Dolnośląskie
  • Osiedle Konopnickiej
  • Osiedle Kopernika
  • Osiedle Łąkowa
  • Osiedle Okrzei
  • Osiedle Olsztyńskie
  • Osiedle Przytorze
  • Osiedle Słoneczne
  • Osiedle Tysiąclecia
  • Osiedle Wolności
  • Osiedle Żołnierzy P.O.W.      
Osiedle 1 Maja
Osiedle Binków in Bełchatów.



The officially protected traditional food of Bełchatów (as designated by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Poland) is wyborowa krówka bełchatowska, a local type of krówka (traditional Polish candy).[2]


Notable peopleEdit

  • Harry Haft (1925–2007), survivor of the Auschwitz concentration camp and a professional boxer in the United States during 1948–1949

International relationsEdit

Twin towns — Sister citiesEdit

Bełchatów is twinned with:[3]


  1. ^ a b "Local Data Bank". Statistics Poland. Retrieved 16 October 2021. Data for territorial unit 1001011.
  2. ^ "Wyborowa krówka bełchatowska". Ministerstwo Rolnictwa i Rozwoju Wsi - Portal (in Polish). Retrieved 3 July 2021.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "Portal Bełchatów" [Bełchatów - Partnership Cities]. Miasto Bełchatów [Bełchatów town council] (in Polish). 2010. Archived from the original on 13 June 2011. Retrieved 22 June 2011.
  4. ^ "Myślenice - Miasta partnerskie" [Myślenice - Partnership Cities] (in Polish). Archived from the original on 2013-05-02. Retrieved 2013-08-04.

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