Sokółka County

Sokółka County (Polish: powiat sokólski) is a unit of territorial administration and local government (powiat) in Podlaskie Voivodeship, north-eastern Poland, on the border with Belarus. It was created on 1 January 1999 as a result of the Polish local government reforms passed in 1998. Its administrative seat and largest town is Sokółka, which lies 39 kilometres (24 mi) north-east of the regional capital Białystok. The county also contains the towns of Dąbrowa Białostocka, lying 30 km (19 mi) north of Sokółka, Krynki, lying 24 km (15 mi) south-east of Sokółka, and Suchowola, 33 km (21 mi) north-west of Sokółka.

Sokółka County
Powiat sokólski
Flag of Sokółka County
Coat of arms of Sokółka County
Location within the voivodeship
Location within the voivodeship
Coordinates (Sokółka): 53°24′N 23°30′E / 53.400°N 23.500°E / 53.400; 23.500Coordinates: 53°24′N 23°30′E / 53.400°N 23.500°E / 53.400; 23.500
Country Poland
 • Total2,054.42 km2 (793.22 sq mi)
 • Total67,055
 • Density33/km2 (85/sq mi)
 • Urban
 • Rural
Car platesBSK

The county covers an area of 2,054.42 square kilometres (793.2 sq mi). As of 2019 its total population is 67,055, out of which the population of Sokółka is 18,134, that of Dąbrowa Białostocka is 5,520, that of Krynki is 2,405, that of Suchowola is 2,183, and the rural population is 38,813.[1]

Neighbouring countiesEdit

Sokółka County is bordered by Białystok County to the south-west, Mońki County to the west and Augustów County to the north-west. It also borders Belarus to the east.

Administrative divisionEdit

The county is subdivided into 10 gminas (four urban-rural and six rural). These are listed in the following table, in descending order of population.

Gmina Type Area
Gmina Sokółka urban-rural 313.6 25,438 Sokółka
Gmina Dąbrowa Białostocka urban-rural 264.0 11,402 Dąbrowa Białostocka
Gmina Suchowola urban-rural 255.9 6,900 Suchowola
Gmina Janów rural 207.8 4,109 Janów
Gmina Kuźnica rural 133.4 3,967 Kuźnica
Gmina Sidra rural 174.0 3,417 Sidra
Gmina Korycin rural 117.3 3,237 Korycin
Gmina Krynki urban-rural 165.9 3,079 Krynki
Gmina Szudziałowo rural 301.6 2,880 Szudziałowo
Gmina Nowy Dwór rural 120.9 2,626 Nowy Dwór

Notable residentsEdit

Jazep Varonka (1891, Kuźnica village – 1952), Belarusian politician, first Chairman of the Belarusian Democratic Republic[2]


  1. ^ GUS. "Population. Size and structure and vital statistics in Poland by territorial division in 2019. As of 30th June". Retrieved 2020-09-14.
  2. ^ 130 years from the birth of Jazep Varonka (130 гадоў з дня нараджэння Язэпа Варонкі)(in Belarusian)