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West Pomeranian Voivodeship (also known as West Pomeranian Province or by its Polish name of województwo zachodniopomorskie or simply Zachodniopomorskie) is a voivodeship, or province, in north-western Polandmarker. It borders on Pomeranian Voivodeshipmarker to the east, Greater Poland Voivodeshipmarker to the south-east, Lubusz Voivodeshipmarker to the south, the Germanmarker state of Mecklenburg-West Pomeraniamarker to the west, and the Baltic Seamarker to the north.

It was established on January 1, 1999, out of the former Szczecin and Koszalin Voivodeships and parts of other neighbouring voivodeships, pursuant to the Polish local government reforms adopted in 1998. It is named for the historical region of Pomerania ( ). In spite of the name ("West Pomeranian"), the voivoideship does not include the most westerly parts of historical Pomerania, which lie instead in Germany (see Vorpommern).

Geography and tourism

Church of Virgin Mary, Queen of the World in Stargard Szczeciński
West Pomeranian Voivodeship is the fifth largest voivodeship of Poland in terms of area. Among the largest cities, of the region, are the capital Szczecinmarker, as well as Koszalinmarker, Stargard Szczecińskimarker, and Świnoujściemarker.

This is a picturesque region of the Baltic Seamarker coast, with many beaches, lakes and woodlands. Szczecin, Świnoujściemarker and Policemarker are important ports. Other major seaside towns include Międzyzdrojemarker, Dziwnówmarker, Kołobrzegmarker, and Mielnomarker.

West Pomerania is considered one of the greenest regions of Poland, and one of the most attractive for tourists. It is characterized by incredible diversity of the landscape: beaches, hundreds of lakes, and forests full of wild life (e.g. Wkrzanska Forest), spreading mainly up the hills of the glacial lakes areas. West Pomerania is also rich in various forms and styles of architecture that were built during the Middle Ages as well as the Gothic, Baroque, and Renaissance periods. There is a diverse repertoire of theaters, festivals, museums and galleries. During a few-day long annual Sea Festival in Szczecinmarker, a number of free open air concerts take place. In Świnoujściemarker during the summer, the FAMA Academic Youth Arts Festival takes place – an event with several years of tradition, which attracts not only young people but also older alumni. In Międzyzdrojemarker, there is a Festival Of The Stars, which draws many popular actors. In Wolinmarker, a Viking Festival takes place, which draws "Vikings" from all across Europe.

Another draw to the area is a wide array of health resorts. Brine and peloid, discovered in the 19th century, together with geothermal water resources, are popular attractions in Świnoujście, Kamień Pomorskimarker and Połczyn Zdrój.

Cities and towns

The voivodeship contains 62 cities and towns. These are listed below in descending order of population (according to official figures for 2006 ):

Administrative division

West Pomeranian Voivodeship is divided into 21 counties (powiats): 3 city counties and 18 land counties. These are further divided into 114 gminas.

The counties are listed in the following table (ordering within categories is by decreasing population).

English and

Polish names


Seat Other towns Total

City counties
Szczecinmarker 301 410,809 1
Koszalinmarker 84 107,783 1
Świnoujściemarker 197 40,899 1
Land counties
Stargard Countymarker

powiat stargardzki
1,520 119,402 Stargard Szczecińskimarker Chociwelmarker, Dobrzanymarker, Ińskomarker, Suchańmarker 10
Gryfino Countymarker

powiat gryfiński
1,870 82,813 Gryfinomarker Chojnamarker, Mieszkowicemarker, Trzcińsko-Zdrójmarker, Cedyniamarker, Moryńmarker 9
Goleniów Countymarker

powiat goleniowski
1,617 78,738 Goleniówmarker Nowogardmarker, Maszewomarker 6
Szczecinek Countymarker

powiat szczecinecki
1,765 77,232 Szczecinekmarker Borne Sulinowomarker, Barwicemarker, Biały Bórmarker 6
Kołobrzeg Countymarker

powiat kołobrzeski
726 76,089 Kołobrzegmarker 7
Myślibórz Countymarker

powiat myśliborski
1,182 67,412 Myślibórzmarker Barlinekmarker, Dębnomarker 5
Police Countymarker

powiat policki
664 64,147 Policemarker Nowe Warpnomarker 4
Koszalin Countymarker

powiat koszaliński
1,669 64,087 Koszalinmarker * Sianówmarker, Bobolicemarker, Polanówmarker 8
Gryfice Countymarker

powiat gryficki
1,018 60,773 Gryficemarker Trzebiatówmarker, Płotymarker 6
Drawsko Countymarker

powiat drawski
1,764 58,073 Drawsko Pomorskiemarker Złocieniecmarker, Czaplinekmarker, Kalisz Pomorskimarker 6
Sławno Countymarker

powiat sławieński
1,044 57,643 Sławnomarker Darłowomarker 6
Wałcz Countymarker

powiat wałecki
1,415 54,639 Wałczmarker Mirosławiecmarker, Człopamarker, Tucznomarker 5
Choszczno Countymarker

powiat choszczeński
1,328 50,066 Choszcznomarker Reczmarker, Pełczycemarker, Drawnomarker 6
Świdwin Countymarker

powiat świdwiński
1,093 48,920 Świdwinmarker Połczyn-Zdrójmarker 6
Białogard Countymarker

powiat białogardzki
845 48,241 Białogardmarker Karlinomarker 4
Kamień Countymarker

powiat kamieński
1,007 47,604 Kamień Pomorskimarker Międzyzdrojemarker, Wolinmarker, Dziwnówmarker, Golczewomarker 6
Pyrzyce Countymarker

powiat pyrzycki
726 39,931 Pyrzycemarker Lipianymarker 6
Łobez Countymarker

powiat łobeski
1,066 38,232 Łobezmarker Reskomarker, Węgorzynomarker, Dobramarker 5
   NOTE: * seat not part of the county

Protected areas

Wolin National Park

Protected areas in West Pomeranian Voivodeship include two National Parks and seven Landscape Parks. These are listed below.

Most popular surnames in the region

  1. Nowak: 7,444
  2. Kowalski: 6,345
  3. Wiśniewski: 6,284

Education and science

Industrial, science and technology parks


The only domestic and international airport in West Pomeranian Voivodeship is Szczecin-Goleniów "Solidarność" Airport.

See also



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