Kętrzyn County (Polish: powiat kętrzyński) is a unit of territorial administration and local government (powiat) in Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship, northern Poland, on the border with Russia. 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 Kętrzyn (former Rastembork), which lies 88 kilometres (55 mi) north-east of the regional capital Olsztyn. The county also contains the towns of Reszel, lying 16 km (10 mi) west of Kętrzyn, and Korsze, 19 km (12 mi) north-west of Kętrzyn.

Kętrzyn County
Powiat kętrzyński
Flag of Kętrzyn County
Coat of arms of Kętrzyn County
Location within the voivodeship
Location within the voivodeship
Division into gminas
Division into gminas
Coordinates (Kętrzyn): 54°5′N 21°23′E / 54.083°N 21.383°E / 54.083; 21.383
Country Poland
VoivodeshipWarmian–Masurian Voivodeship Warmian-Masurian
 • Total1,212.97 km2 (468.33 sq mi)
 • Total66,165
 • Density55/km2 (140/sq mi)
 • Urban
 • Rural
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The county covers an area of 1,212.97 square kilometres (468.3 sq mi). As of 2006 its total population is 66,165, out of which the population of Kętrzyn is 28,000, that of Reszel is 5,098, that of Korsze is 4,632, and the rural population is 28,435.

Neighbouring counties edit

Kętrzyn County is bordered by Węgorzewo County and Giżycko County to the east, Mrągowo County to the south, and Olsztyn County and Bartoszyce County to the west. It also borders Russia (Kaliningrad Oblast) to the north.

Administrative division edit

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

Gmina Type Area
Kętrzyn urban 10.3 28,000  
Gmina Korsze urban-rural 249.9 10,561 Korsze
Gmina Reszel urban-rural 178.7 8,335 Reszel
Gmina Kętrzyn rural 285.7 8,285 Kętrzyn *
Gmina Barciany rural 293.6 6,735 Barciany
Gmina Srokowo rural 194.6 4,249 Srokowo
* seat not part of the gmina

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