Choszczno County

Choszczno County (Polish: powiat choszczeński) is a unit of territorial administration and local government (powiat) in West Pomeranian Voivodeship, north-western 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 Choszczno, which lies 62 kilometres (39 mi) south-east of the regional capital Szczecin. The county contains three other towns: Recz, 15 km (9 mi) north-east of Choszczno, Pełczyce, 16 km (10 mi) south-west of Choszczno, and Drawno, 24 km (15 mi) east of Choszczno.

Choszczno County
Powiat choszczeński
Flag of Choszczno County
Coat of arms of Choszczno County
Location within the voivodeship
Location within the voivodeship
Division into gminas
Division into gminas
Coordinates (Choszczno): 53°10′N 15°24′E / 53.167°N 15.400°E / 53.167; 15.400Coordinates: 53°10′N 15°24′E / 53.167°N 15.400°E / 53.167; 15.400
Country Poland
VoivodeshipWest Pomeranian
 • Total1,327.95 km2 (512.72 sq mi)
 • Total50,066
 • Density38/km2 (98/sq mi)
 • Urban
 • Rural
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The county covers an area of 1,327.95 square kilometres (512.7 sq mi). As of 2006 its total population is 50,066, out of which the population of Choszczno is 15,753, that of Recz is 2,995, that of Pełczyce is 2,698, that of Drawno is 2,399, and the rural population is 26,221.

The county includes the lake districts of Pojezierze Choszczeńskie, Pojezierze Myśliborskie, Pojezierze Ińskie and Równina Drawska. Within Gmina Drawno is a large forest (Puszcza Drawska) which is part of the Drawno National Park.

Neighbouring countiesEdit

Choszczno County is bordered by Drawsko County to the north, Wałcz County to the east, Strzelce-Drezdenko County to the south, Myślibórz County to the south-west and Stargard County to the north-west.

Administrative divisionEdit

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

Gmina Type Area
Gmina Choszczno urban-rural 246.5 22,263 Choszczno
Gmina Pełczyce urban-rural 200.8 8,100 Pełczyce
Gmina Recz urban-rural 180.1 5,740 Recz
Gmina Drawno urban-rural 321.1 5,340 Drawno
Gmina Bierzwnik rural 238.9 4,813 Bierzwnik
Gmina Krzęcin rural 140.5 3,810 Krzęcin




  • national grade: 10: Lubieszyn - Płońsk (through Recz).
  • voivodship grade: 151: Recz - Świdwin, 155: Recz - Gorzów Wielkopolski (through Choszczno and Pełczyce), 160: Suchań - Miedzichowo (through Choszczno and Bierzwnik), 161: Choszczno - Kalisz Pomorski (through Drawno), 153: Piasecznik - Pyrzyce.