Gmina Orla [ˈɔrla] (Belarusian: Гміна Орля) is a rural gmina (Polish: gmina wiejska) in Bielsk County, Podlaskie Voivodeship. It is located in north-eastern Poland.

Gmina Orla
Orla Commune
Coat of arms of Gmina Orla
Gmina Orla is located in Podlaskie Voivodeship
Gmina Orla
Gmina Orla
Gmina Orla is located in Poland
Gmina Orla
Gmina Orla
Coordinates (Orla): 52°42′26″N 23°19′48″E / 52.70722°N 23.33000°E / 52.70722; 23.33000Coordinates: 52°42′26″N 23°19′48″E / 52.70722°N 23.33000°E / 52.70722; 23.33000
Country Poland
VoivodeshipPodlaskie
CountyBielsk
SeatOrla
Government
 • MayorPiotr Selwesiuk
Area
 • Total159.68 km2 (61.65 sq mi)
Population
 (2007)
 • Total3,256
 • Density20/km2 (53/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
17-106
Area code(s)+48 085
Car platesBBI
Websitehttp://www.orla.pl

It is one of five Polish/Belarusian bilingual Gmina in Podlaskie Voivodeship regulated by the Act of 6 January 2005 on National and Ethnic Minorities and on the Regional Languages, which permits certain gminas with significant linguistic minorities to introduce a second, auxiliary language to be used in official contexts alongside Polish.[1]

GeographyEdit

Gmina Orla is located in the geographical region of Europe known as the Wysoczyzny Podlasko–Białoruskie (English: Podlaskie and Belarus Plateau) and the mezoregion known as the Równina Bielska (English: Bielska Plain).

The Orlanka River, a tributary of the Narew River, passes through Gmina Orla.

The Gmina covers an area of 159.68 square kilometres (61.7 sq mi).

LocationEdit

It is located approximately:

ClimateEdit

The region has a continental climate which is characterized by high temperatures during summer and long and frosty winters. The average amount of rainfall during the year exceeds 550 millimetres (21.7 in).

DemographicsEdit

Detailed data as of 31 December 2007:[2]

  Total Women Men
Unit Number % Number % Number %
Population 3,256 100 1,700 52.2 1,556 47.8
Population Density
(persons/km²)
20.4 10.6 9.7

Municipal governmentEdit

 
Gmina Orla in Bielsk County

Its seat is the village of Orla.

Executive branchEdit

The chief executive of the government is the Mayor (Polish: Wójt).

Legislative branchEdit

The legislative portion of the government is the City Council (Polish: Rada) comprising the President (Polish: Przewodniczący), the Vice-President (Polish: Wiceprzewodniczący) and thirteen councilors.

VillagesEdit

The following villages are contained within the gmina:

Czechy Zabłotne, Dydule, Gredele, Gregorowce, Koszele, Koszki, Krywiatycze, Malinniki, Malinniki-Kolonia, Mikłasze, Antonowo-Kolonia, Moskiewce, Oleksze, Orla, Paszkowszczyzna, Pawlinowo, Reduty, Spiczki, Szczyty-Dzięciołowo, Szczyty-Nowodwory, Szernie, Topczykały, Wólka, Wólka Wygonowska

Neighbouring political subdivisionsEdit

Gmina Orla is bordered by the gminas of Bielsk Podlaski, Boćki, Czyże, Dubicze Cerkiewne and Kleszczele

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Dz. U. z 2005 r. Nr 17, poz. 141
  2. ^ "Central Statistical Office (GUS) Population: Size and Structure by Administrative Division" (in Polish). 2007-12-31. Archived from the original on 2008-02-01.