Orla, Podlaskie Voivodeship

Orla [ˈɔrla] (Belarusian: Орля, Podlachian: Vôrla, Ukrainian: Вірля Virlia) is a village in Bielsk County, Podlaskie Voivodeship, in north-eastern Poland.[1] It is the seat of the gmina (administrative district) called Gmina Orla. It lies approximately 11 kilometres (7 mi) south-east of Bielsk Podlaski and 47 km (29 mi) south of the regional capital Białystok.

Church of Saint Michael Archangel
Church of Saint Michael Archangel
Coat of arms of Orla
Orla is located in Podlaskie Voivodeship
Orla is located in Poland
Coordinates: 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
 • Total1,100

According to the 1921 census, the village was inhabited by 1.518 people, among whom 31 were Roman Catholic, 320 Orthodox, and 1.167 Mosaic. At the same time, 400 inhabitants declared Polish nationality, 145 Belarusian and 1.167 Jewish. There were 253 residential buildings in the village.[2]

The village has a population of 1,100.[citation needed] It is in 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.[3]


  1. ^ "Central Statistical Office (GUS) - TERYT (National Register of Territorial Land Apportionment Journal)" (in Polish). 2008-06-01.
  2. ^ Skorowidz miejscowości Rzeczypospolitej Polskiej: opracowany na podstawie wyników pierwszego powszechnego spisu ludności z dn. 30 września 1921 r. i innych źródeł urzędowych., t. T. 5, województwo białostockie, 1924, s. 25.
  3. ^ Dz. U. z 2005 r. Nr 17, poz. 141