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
Coat of arms
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)
 • Total72,424
 • Density35/km2 (91/sq mi)
 • Urban
 • Rural
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The county covers an area of 2,054.42 square kilometres (793.2 sq mi). As of 2006 its total population is 72,424, out of which the population of Sokółka is 18,888, that of Dąbrowa Białostocka is 6,147, that of Krynki is 2,709, that of Suchowola is 2,243, and the rural population is 42,437.

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 26,406 Sokółka
Gmina Dąbrowa Białostocka urban-rural 264.0 12,755 Dąbrowa Białostocka
Gmina Suchowola urban-rural 255.9 7,350 Suchowola
Gmina Janów rural 207.8 4,427 Janów
Gmina Kuźnica rural 133.4 4,277 Kuźnica
Gmina Sidra rural 174.0 3,916 Sidra
Gmina Korycin rural 117.3 3,524 Korycin
Gmina Krynki urban-rural 165.9 3,423 Krynki
Gmina Szudziałowo rural 301.6 3,419 Szudziałowo
Gmina Nowy Dwór rural 120.9 2,927 Nowy Dwór