Bełchatów ([bɛu̯ˈxatuf] (listen)) is a city in central Poland with a population of 55,583 as of December 2021.[3] It is located in Łódź Voivodeship, 160 kilometres (99 miles) from Warsaw.

Bełchatów
Gabriel Narutowicz square
Gabriel Narutowicz square
Flag of Bełchatów
Coat of arms of Bełchatów
Bełchatów is located in Poland
Bełchatów
Bełchatów
Bełchatów is located in Łódź Voivodeship
Bełchatów
Bełchatów
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
CountryPoland
VoivodeshipŁódź
CountyBełchatów County
GminaBełchatów (urban gmina)
Established14th century
City rights1743-1870, 1925
Government
 • City mayorMariola Czechowska
Area
 • Total34.64 km2 (13.37 sq mi)
Population
 (31 December 2021)[3][4]
 • Total55,583 Decrease
 • Density1,605/km2 (4,160/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
97-400
Area code+48 44
Car platesEBE
National roadsDK74-PL.svg
Voivodeship roadsDW476-PL.svg DW484-PL.svg DW485-PL.svg
Websitehttp://www.belchatow.pl

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.[5] 8,000 people work directly for the company that runs the coal mine and electricity plants.[5]

DistrictsEdit

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.

CuisineEdit

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).[6]

SportsEdit

International relationsEdit

Twin towns - sister citiesEdit

Bełchatów is twinned with:[7]

Former twin townsEdit

In February 2022, Bełchatów suspended its partnership with the Russian city of Sovetsk as a reaction to the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine.[8]

Notable peopleEdit

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

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Prezydent Miasta Bełchatowa". belchatow.bip.gov.pl (in Polish). Bełchatów City Council. Retrieved 2022-08-30.
  2. ^ "Local Data Bank". Statistics Poland. Retrieved 2022-08-30. Category K1, group G441, subgroup P1410. Data for territorial unit 1001011.
  3. ^ a b "Local Data Bank". Statistics Poland. Retrieved 2022-08-30. Category K3, group G7, subgroup P1336. Data for territorial unit 1001011.
  4. ^ "Local Data Bank". Statistics Poland. Retrieved 2022-08-30. Category K3, group G7, subgroup P2425. Data for territorial unit 1001011.
  5. ^ a b Colgan, Jeff D.; Green, Jessica F.; Hale, Thomas N. (2021). "Asset Revaluation and the Existential Politics of Climate Change". International Organization. 75 (2): 586–610. doi:10.1017/S0020818320000296. ISSN 0020-8183.
  6. ^ "Wyborowa krówka bełchatowska". Ministerstwo Rolnictwa i Rozwoju Wsi - Portal Gov.pl (in Polish). Retrieved 3 July 2021.
  7. ^ "Portal Bełchatów" [Bełchatów - Partnership Cities]. Miasto Bełchatów [Bełchatów town council] belchatow.pl (in Polish). 2010. Archived from the original on 13 June 2011. Retrieved 22 June 2011.
  8. ^ "Bełchatów zawiesza współpracę z miastem partnerskim w Rosji. Samorząd deklaruje pomoc Ukraińcom" (in Polish). Retrieved 13 March 2022.

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