Świdnica County

Not to be confused with Świdnik County, which has the same name in Polish.
Świdnica County
Powiat świdnicki


Coat of arms

Location within the voivodeship
Country  Poland
Voivodeship Lower Silesian
Seat Świdnica
  Total 742.89 km2 (286.83 sq mi)
Population (2009)
  Total 159,323
  Density 210/km2 (560/sq mi)
  Urban 112,404
  Rural 47,933
Car plates DSW
Website http://www.swidnica.pl

Świdnica County (Polish: powiat świdnicki) is a unit of territorial administration and local government (powiat) in Lower Silesian Voivodeship, south-western Poland. It came into being on January 1, 1999, as a result of the Polish local government reforms passed in 1998. The county covers an area of 742.9 square kilometres (286.8 sq mi). Its administrative seat is Świdnica, and it also contains the towns of Świebodzice, Strzegom, Jaworzyna Śląska and Żarów.

As at 2009 the total population of the county is 159,323, out of which the population of Świdnica is 60,354, that of Świebodzice is 23,126, that of Strzegom is 16,782, that of Żarów is 6,902, that of Jaworzyna Śląska is 5,240, and the rural population is 47,933.

Neighbouring counties

Świdnica County is bordered by Środa Śląska County to the north, Wrocław County to the north-east, Dzierżoniów County to the south, Wałbrzych County to the south-west and Jawor County to the north-west.

Administrative division

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

Gmina Type Area
Świdnica urban 21.8 59,002  
Gmina Strzegom urban-rural 144.7 26,710 Strzegom
Świebodzice urban 30.4 23,175  
Gmina Świdnica rural 208.3 6,531 Świdnica *
Gmina Żarów urban-rural 88.0 12,619 Żarów
Gmina Jaworzyna Śląska urban-rural 67.3 10,407 Jaworzyna Śląska
Gmina Marcinowice rural 95.9 6,531 Marcinowice
Gmina Dobromierz rural 86.5 5,306 Dobromierz
* seat not part of the gmina


Coordinates: 50°50′39″N 16°25′27″E / 50.84417°N 16.42417°E / 50.84417; 16.42417

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