Świętochłowice [ɕfjɛntɔxwɔˈvit͡sɛ] (listen) (German: Schwientochlowitz; Silesian: Śwjyntochlowicy) is a town in Silesia in southern Poland, near Katowice. It is also the central district of the Upper Silesian Metropolitan Union metropolis, with a population of 2 million, and is located in the Silesian Highlands, on the Rawa River (tributary of the Vistula).



Coat of arms
Coordinates: 50°17′31″N 18°55′04″E
Country Poland
Voivodeship Silesian
Countycity county
Established14th century
Town rights1947
  MayorDaniel Beger
  City13.31 km2 (5.14 sq mi)
  Density4,000/km2 (10,000/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
41-600 to 41-608
Area code(s)+48 32
Car platesSW

It is situated in the Silesian Voivodeship since its formation in 1999, previously in Katowice Voivodeship, and before then, of the Autonomous Silesian Voivodeship. Świętochłowice is one of the cities of the 2.7 million conurbation - Katowice urban area and within a greater Silesian metropolitan area populated by about 5,294,000 people.[1] The population of the city is 54,525 (2008).[2]


The town is known since the 13th century, and received Magdeburg rights between the 13th and 14th century. In the 19th and first part of the 20th century the area rapidly industrialized (based on the numerous local resources, including coal and zinc). It was part of Germany until 1922, when, although 51.9% of plebiscite voted to stay with Germany, the town was assigned to Poland. Świętochłowice was the site of the Zgoda labour camp.


Świętochłowice is situated the middle of a highly populated area of Upper Silesia and is part of the Upper Silesian Metropolitan Union, the largest urban center in Poland and one of the largest in Europe.


Currently (2013) Świętochłowice has about 53,000 inhabitants and is thus the city county with the highest population density in Poland. The population of the entire urban area is about 3.5 million.

Climate and soil

Świętochłowice is situated in Silesian-Krakowian climate-zone. The annual precipitation totals to about 700 mm (28 in). The wettest month is July and the driest February. The average temperature is approximately −2.5 °C (27 °F) in January and 18 °C (64 °F) in July.

Brunate and swamp soils predominate in Świętochłowice.


Świętochłowice has five administrative subdivisions:

  • Centrum
  • Chropaczów
  • Lipiny
  • Piaśniki, Schlesiengrube
  • Zgoda, Eintrachthütte


The most popular sport in Świętochłowice is motorcycle speedway. The Skałka stadium is located in the Centrum.

Sport clubs

Sportspeople of Świętochłowice in Olympic Games


The President of Świętochłowice is Daniel Beger. He was elected in 2018.

Notable people

International relations

Twin towns - sister cities

Świętochłowice is twinned with:


  1. European Spatial Planning Observation Network (ESPON) "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-07-28. Retrieved 2009-03-28.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. Powierzchnia i ludność w przekroju terytorialnym w 2008 - Central Statistical Office in Poland ISSN 1505-5507 , 13.08.2008
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