Bytów County

Bytów County (Kashubian: bëtowsczi pòwiat, Polish: powiat bytowski) is a unit of territorial administration and local government (powiat) in Pomeranian Voivodeship, northern Poland. It came into being on January 1, 1999, as a result of the Polish local government reforms passed in 1998. Its administrative seat and largest town is Bytów, which lies 79 kilometres (49 mi) west of the regional capital Gdańsk. The only other town in the county is Miastko, lying 37 km (23 mi) west of Bytów.

Bytów County
Powiat bytowski
Flag of Bytów County
Coat of arms of Bytów County
Division into gminas
Division into gminas
Coordinates (Bytów): 54°8′N 17°30′E / 54.133°N 17.500°E / 54.133; 17.500Coordinates: 54°8′N 17°30′E / 54.133°N 17.500°E / 54.133; 17.500
Country Poland
 • Total2,192.81 km2 (846.65 sq mi)
 • Total79,260
 • Density36/km2 (94/sq mi)
 • Urban
 • Rural
Car platesGBY

The county covers an area of 2,192.81 square kilometres (846.6 sq mi). As of 2019 its total population is 79,260, out of which the population of Bytów is 16,918, that of Miastko is 10,439, and the rural population is 51,903.[1]

Bytów County on a map of the counties of Pomeranian Voivodeship

Bytów County is bordered by Słupsk County to the north, Lębork County to the north-east, Kartuzy County and Kościerzyna County to the east, Chojnice County and Człuchów County to the south, and Szczecinek County and Koszalin County to the west.

Local GovernmentEdit

District head

  • Leszek Pałasz (1998-2001)
  • Andrzej Hrycyna p.o. (2001-2002)
  • Michał Świątek-Brzeziński (2002-2006)
  • Roman Zaborowski (2006-2007)
  • Jacek Żmuda-Trzebiatowski (2007-2015)
  • Leszek Waszkiewicz (from 2015)

Vice district head

  • Andrzej Hrycyna (1998-2002)
  • Tomasz Borowski (2002-2006)
  • Krzysztof Sławski (2006-2010)
  • Andrzej Marcinkowski (2010-2014)
  • Zbigniew Batko (from 2014)

Chairman of the county council

  • Mieczysław Bachórz (1998-2002)
  • Jerzy Jobczyk (2002-2006)
  • Andrzej Hrycyna (from 2006)

Administrative divisionEdit

The county is subdivided into 10 gminas (two urban-rural and eight rural). These are listed in the following table, in descending order of population.

Gmina Type Area
Gmina Bytów urban-rural 197.4 25,457 Bytów
Gmina Miastko urban-rural 466.8 19,558 Miastko
Gmina Czarna Dąbrówka rural 298.3 5,923 Czarna Dąbrówka
Gmina Lipnica rural 309.6 5,227 Lipnica
Gmina Tuchomie rural 106.5 4,266 Tuchomie
Gmina Kołczygłowy rural 173.3 4,255 Kołczygłowy
Gmina Parchowo rural 130.9 3,778 Parchowo
Gmina Studzienice rural 176.0 3,742 Studzienice
Gmina Trzebielino rural 225.5 3,715 Trzebielino
Gmina Borzytuchom rural 108.6 3,339 Borzytuchom


  1. ^ GUS. "Population. Size and structure and vital statistics in Poland by territorial division in 2019. As of 30th June". Retrieved 2020-09-14.