Dziwnów [ˈd͡ʑivnuf] (German: Berg Dievenow) is a town in north-western Poland situated on the Baltic Sea at the mouth of the river Dziwna. Previously in the Szczecin Voivodeship (1975–1998), Dziwnów has been in Kamień Pomorski County in the West Pomeranian Voivodeship since 1999. The population is 3,031 (2004).

Main street in Dziwnów
Main street in Dziwnów
Flag of Dziwnów
Coat of arms of Dziwnów
Coat of arms
Dziwnów is located in West Pomeranian Voivodeship
Dziwnów is located in Poland
Coordinates: 54°1′N 14°45′E / 54.017°N 14.750°E / 54.017; 14.750
Country Poland
Voivodeship West Pomeranian
First mentioned1243
Town rights1.01.2004
 • MayorGrzegorz Jóźwiak
 • Total4.93 km2 (1.90 sq mi)
 • Total2,707
 • Density550/km2 (1,400/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Area code(s)+48 91
Car platesZKA


Old church before destruction during World War II

The oldest known mention of the village dates back to 1243.[2] It remained a small fishing village until the 19th century, when it began to transform into a holiday resort.[2] At the end of the 19th century, salt springs were discovered, and the first sanatorium was established.[2] In the 1930s, military barracks were built.[2] During World War II, in June 1944, Americans conducted air raids on the German garrison in the village.[2] The historic church was destroyed in the final stages of the war. At the end of World War II, Polish troops entered the village in May 1945.[2]

In 1949 and 1950 in the local garrison there was a military hospital for Greeks and Macedonians wounded in the Greek Civil War.[2][3] In total, around 2,000 people were treated there.[3] Later on, in the 1950s, the hospital staff co-created the Military Medical Academy in Łódź.[2] In 1958 Dziwnów was granted urban-type settlement status and afterwards a port was built.[2] The development of the settlement in the following decades led to the granting of municipal rights in 2004.[2] From 1964 to 1986, the 1st Assault Battalion, which was considered one of the best trained units in the history of the Polish Army, was stationed in Dziwnów.[4]

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  1. ^ "Dziwnów (zachodniopomorskie)". Polska w liczbach (in Polish). Retrieved 26 November 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Historia Dziwnowa". Dziwnó (in Polish). Retrieved 26 November 2019.
  3. ^ a b Izabela Kubasiewicz, Emigranci z Grecji w Polsce Ludowej. Wybrane aspekty z życia mniejszości, p. 116-117 (in Polish)
  4. ^ "1 Batalion Szturmowy". Dziwnó (in Polish). Retrieved 26 November 2019.

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Coordinates: 54°01′N 14°45′E / 54.017°N 14.750°E / 54.017; 14.750