Karkonosze County

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Karkonosze County (Polish: powiat karkonoski) is a unit of territorial administration and local government (powiat) in Lower Silesian Voivodeship, south-western Poland. It came into being on January 1, 1999, as a result of the Polish local government reforms passed in 1998.

Karkonosze County
Powiat karkonoski
Flag of Karkonosze County
Coat of arms of Karkonosze County
Location within the voivodeship
Location within the voivodeship
Coordinates: 50°54′13″N 15°43′58″E / 50.90361°N 15.73278°E / 50.90361; 15.73278Coordinates: 50°54′13″N 15°43′58″E / 50.90361°N 15.73278°E / 50.90361; 15.73278
Country Poland
VoivodeshipLower Silesian
SeatJelenia Góra
 • Total628.21 km2 (242.55 sq mi)
 • Total63,639
 • Density100/km2 (260/sq mi)
 • Urban
 • Rural
Car platesDJE

The county covers an area of 628.2 square kilometres (242.5 sq mi). Its administrative seat is the city of Jelenia Góra, although this city is not part of the county (it forms a separate city county, which is an enclave within Karkonosze County). There are four towns within the county: Karpacz, Szklarska Poręba, Kowary and Piechowice. The first two of these are major ski resorts.

As at 2019 the total population of the county is 63,639, out of which the population of the towns totals 28,213 and the rural population is 35,426.

Until July 2020 it was named Jelenia Góra County (Polish: powiat jeleniogórski). The change formally took effect on January 1, 2021.[2] The current name references the Karkonosze Mountains.

Neighbouring countiesEdit

Apart from the city of Jelenia Góra, Karkonosze County is bordered by Lwówek Śląski County and Złotoryja County to the north, and Jawor County and Kamienna Góra County to the east. It also borders the Czech Republic to the south and west.

Administrative divisionEdit

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

Gmina Type Area
Kowary urban 37.4 10,869  
Gmina Mysłakowice rural 88.8 10,160 Mysłakowice
Gmina Podgórzyn rural 82.5 8,260 Podgórzyn
Gmina Jeżów Sudecki rural 94.4 7,438 Jeżów Sudecki
Szklarska Poręba urban 75.4 6,557  
Piechowice urban 43.2 6,194  
Gmina Stara Kamienica rural 110.5 5,266 Stara Kamienica
Karpacz urban 38.0 4,593  
Gmina Janowice Wielkie rural 58.1 4,302 Janowice Wielkie


  1. ^ "Population. Size and structure and vital statistics in Poland by territorial division in 2019. As of 30th June". stat.gov.pl. Statistics Poland. 2019-10-15. Retrieved 2020-02-14.
  2. ^ Rozporządzenie Rady Ministrów z dnia 29 lipca 2020 r. w sprawie zmiany nazwy powiatu jeleniogórskiego na powiat karkonoski, dziennikustaw.gov.pl, 14 October 2020