Olsztyn County

Olsztyn County (Polish: powiat olsztyński) is a unit of territorial administration and local government (powiat) in Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship, northern 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 Olsztyn, although the city is not part of the county (it constitutes a separate city county). The county contains five towns: Dobre Miasto, 24 km (15 mi) north of Olsztyn, Biskupiec, 31 km (19 mi) east of Olsztyn, Olsztynek, 27 km (17 mi) south-west of Olsztyn, Barczewo, 14 km (9 mi) north-east of Olsztyn, and Jeziorany, 26 km (16 mi) north-east of Olsztyn.

Olsztyn County
Powiat olsztyński
Coat of arms of Olsztyn County
Location within the voivodeship
Location within the voivodeship
Division into gminas
Division into gminas
Coordinates (Olsztyn): 53°47′N 20°30′E / 53.783°N 20.500°E / 53.783; 20.500
Country Poland
 • Total2,840.29 km2 (1,096.64 sq mi)
 • Total113,529
 • Density40/km2 (100/sq mi)
 • Urban
 • Rural
Car platesNOL

The county covers an area of 2,840.29 square kilometres (1,096.6 sq mi). As of 2006 its total population is 113,529, out of which the population of Dobre Miasto is 10,489, that of Biskupiec is 10,348, that of Olsztynek is 7,591, that of Barczewo is 7,401, that of Jeziorany is 3,376, and the rural population is 74,324.

Neighbouring countiesEdit

Apart from the city of Olsztyn, Olsztyn County is also bordered by Lidzbark County and Bartoszyce County to the north, Kętrzyn County and Mrągowo County to the east, Szczytno County to the south-east, Nidzica County to the south, and Ostróda County to the west.

Administrative divisionEdit

The county is subdivided into 12 gminas (five urban-rural and seven rural). These are listed in the following table, in descending order of population.

Gmina Type Area
Gmina Biskupiec urban-rural 290.4 19,018 Biskupiec
Gmina Barczewo urban-rural 319.9 16,525 Barczewo
Gmina Dobre Miasto urban-rural 258.7 15,920 Dobre Miasto
Gmina Olsztynek urban-rural 372.0 13,666 Olsztynek
Gmina Dywity rural 160.7 9,148 Dywity
Gmina Jeziorany urban-rural 213.5 8,140 Jeziorany
Gmina Purda rural 318.2 7,268 Purda
Gmina Jonkowo rural 168.2 5,719 Jonkowo
Gmina Gietrzwałd rural 174.1 5,315 Gietrzwałd
Gmina Stawiguda rural 222.5 5,134 Stawiguda
Gmina Świątki rural 163.8 4,234 Świątki
Gmina Kolno rural 178.3 3,442 Kolno

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