Leszno County

Leszno County (Polish: powiat leszczyński) is a unit of territorial administration and local government (powiat) in Greater Poland Voivodeship, west-central Poland. It came into being on January 1, 1999, as a result of the Polish local government reforms passed in 1998. Its administrative seat is the city of Leszno, although the city is not part of the county (it constitutes a separate city county). The only towns in Leszno County are Rydzyna, which lies 9 km (6 mi) south-east of Leszno, and Osieczna, 10 km (6 mi) north-east of Leszno.

Leszno County

Powiat leszczyński
Coat of arms of Leszno County
Coat of arms
Location within the voivodeship
Location within the voivodeship
Coordinates (Leszno): 51°51′N 16°34′E / 51.850°N 16.567°E / 51.850; 16.567Coordinates: 51°51′N 16°34′E / 51.850°N 16.567°E / 51.850; 16.567
Country Poland
VoivodeshipGreater Poland
 • Total804.65 km2 (310.68 sq mi)
 • Total50,024
 • Density62/km2 (160/sq mi)
 • Urban
 • Rural
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The county covers an area of 804.65 square kilometres (310.7 sq mi). As of 2006 its total population is 50,024, out of which the population of Rydzyna is 2,539, that of Osieczna is 2,018, and the rural population is 45,467.

Neighbouring countiesEdit

Apart from the city of Leszno, Leszno County is also bordered by Kościan County to the north, Gostyń County to the east, Rawicz County to the south-east, Góra County to the south, Wschowa County to the west, and Wolsztyn County to the north-west.

Administrative divisionEdit

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

Gmina Type Area
Gmina Włoszakowice rural 127.2 8,627 Włoszakowice
Gmina Osieczna urban-rural 128.7 8,576 Osieczna
Gmina Krzemieniewo rural 113.4 8,474 Krzemieniewo
Gmina Rydzyna urban-rural 135.6 8,076 Rydzyna
Gmina Święciechowa rural 135.0 7,088 Święciechowa
Gmina Lipno rural 103.4 5,720 Lipno
Gmina Wijewo rural 61.4 3,463 Wijewo