Pomeranian Voivodeship

Pomeranian Voivodeship, Pomorskie Region, or Pomerania Province[2] (Polish: województwo pomorskie [vɔjɛˈvut͡stfɔ pɔˈmɔrskʲɛ]; Kashubian Pòmòrsczé wòjewództwò), is a voivodeship, or province, in north-western Poland. The provincial capital is Gdańsk.

Pomeranian Voivodeship

Województwo Pomorskie
Location within Poland
Coordinates (Gdańsk): 54°22′N 18°38′E
Country Poland
  VoivodeDariusz Drelich (PiS)
  MarshalMieczysław Struk (PO)
  Total18,293 km2 (7,063 sq mi)
  Density130/km2 (330/sq mi)
ISO 3166 codePL-22
Vehicle registrationG
HDI (2017)0.867[1]
very high · 5th
  • further divided into 123 gminas

The voivodeship was established on January 1, 1999, out of the former voivodeships of Gdańsk, Elbląg and Słupsk, pursuant to the Polish local government reforms adopted in 1997. It is bordered by West Pomeranian Voivodeship to the west, Greater Poland and Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeships to the south, Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship to the east, and the Baltic Sea to the north. It also shares a short land border with Russia (Kaliningrad Oblast), on the Vistula Spit. The voivodeship comprises most of Pomerelia (the easternmost part of historical Pomerania), as well as an area east of the Vistula River. The western part of the province, around Słupsk, belonged historically to Farther Pomerania, while Pomerelia and the eastern bank of the Vistula belonged to the historical region of Prussia. The central parts of the province are also known as Kashubia, named after the Kashubian minority.

The province is one of rich cultural heritage. The Tricity urban area, consisting of Gdańsk, Gdynia and Sopot, is one of the main cultural, commercial and educational centres of Poland. Gdańsk and Gdynia are two of the major Polish seaports, the first erected by Mieszko I of Poland in the Middle Ages, the latter built in the interwar period. Amongst the most recognisable landmarks of the region are the historic city centre of Gdańsk filled with Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque masterpieces, the Museum of the National Anthem in Będomin, located at the birthplace of Józef Wybicki, poet and politician, author of the national anthem of Poland, the largest medieval churches of Poland (the St. Mary's Church in Gdańsk and the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption in Pelplin) and the Malbork Castle. The voivodeship also includes the narrow Hel Peninsula and the Polish half of the Vistula Spit. Other tourist destinations include Wejherowo, Sopot, Jurata, Łeba, Władysławowo, Puck, Krynica Morska, Ustka, Jastarnia, Kuźnica, Bytów and many fishing ports, lighthouses, and boats.

The name Pomerania derives from the Slavic po more, meaning "by the sea" or "on the sea".[3]

Cities and towns

The voivodeship contains more than 41 cities and towns. These are listed below in descending order of population (official 2014 figures).[4]

  1. Gdańsk (461.935)
  2. Gdynia (247.792)
  3. Słupsk (93.706)
  4. Tczew (60.568)
  5. Wejherowo (50.310)
  6. Starogard Gdański (48.513)
  7. Rumia (47.506)
  8. Chojnice (40,146)
  9. Malbork (38.970)
  10. Kwidzyn (38.849)
  11. Sopot (37.683)
  12. Lębork (35.475)
  13. Pruszcz Gdański (29.034)
  14. Kościerzyna (23.696)
  15. Reda (23.343)
  16. Bytów (16.828)
  17. Ustka (16.158)
  18. Kartuzy (14.847)
  19. Człuchów (14.311)
  20. Puck (11.369)
  21. Miastko (10.890)
  22. Sztum (10.322)
  23. Władysławowo (10.175)
  24. Czersk (10.046)
  25. Nowy Dwór Gdański (10.042)
  26. Prabuty (8.782)
  27. Pelplin (8.236)
  28. Skarszewy (7.087)
  29. Gniew (6.861)
  30. Żukowo (6.512)
  31. Czarne (6.095)
  32. Dzierzgoń (5.571)
  33. Debrzno (5.218)
  34. Brusy (5.051)
  35. Nowy Staw (4.328)
  36. Jastarnia (3.808)
  37. Łeba (3.808)
  38. Kępice (3.775)
  39. Hel (3.613)
  40. Skórcz (3.578)
  41. Czarna Woda (2.875)
  42. Krynica Morska (1.336)

Administrative division

Pomeranian Voivodeship is divided into 20 counties (powiats): 4 city counties, and 16 land counties. These are further divided into 123 gminas (communes).

The counties are listed below in order of decreasing population.

English and
Polish names
Seat Other towns Total
City counties
Gdańsk 262 456,103 1
Gdynia 136 251,183 1
Słupsk 43.15 98,402 1
Sopot 17.31 39,836 1
Land counties
Wejherowo County
powiat wejherowski
1,280 181,834 Wejherowo Rumia, Reda 10
Starogard County
powiat starogardzki
1,345 121,963 Starogard Gdański Skarszewy, Skórcz, Czarna Woda 13
Tczew County
powiat tczewski
698 112,614 Tczew Pelplin, Gniew 6
Kartuzy County
powiat kartuski
1,120 109,311 Kartuzy Żukowo 8
Słupsk County
powiat słupski
2,304 92,172 Słupsk * Ustka, Kępice 10
Chojnice County
powiat chojnicki
1,364 91,585 Chojnice Czersk, Brusy 5
Gdańsk County
powiat gdański
793 85,566 Pruszcz Gdański 8
Kwidzyn County
powiat kwidzyński
835 80,704 Kwidzyn Prabuty 6
Bytów County
powiat bytowski
2,193 75,313 Bytów Miastko 10
Puck County
powiat pucki
578 74,196 Puck Władysławowo, Jastarnia, Hel 7
Kościerzyna County
powiat kościerski
1,166 66,778 Kościerzyna 8
Lębork County
powiat lęborski
707 63,659 Lębork Łeba 5
Malbork County
powiat malborski
495 62,960 Malbork Nowy Staw 6
Człuchów County
powiat człuchowski
1,574 56,797 Człuchów Czarne, Debrzno 7
Sztum County
powiat sztumski
731 41,808 Sztum Dzierzgoń 5
Nowy Dwór Gdański County
powiat nowodworski (pomorski)
653 35,498 Nowy Dwór Gdański Krynica Morska 5
* seat not part of the county


Name Period
Tomasz Sowińskii 1 January 1999 - 20 October 2001
Jan Ryszard Kurylczyk 20 October 2001 - 26 July 2004
Cezary Dąbrowski 26 July 2004 - 27 January 2006
Piotr Ołowski 27 January 2006 - 26 February 2007
Piotr Karczewski 22 May 2007 - 29 November 2007
Roman Zaborowski 29 November 2007 - 25 October 2011
Ryszard Stachurski 12 December 2011 – 8 December 2015
Dariusz Drelich 8 December 2015 – present


Major corporations

Corporation name
Further information
Location Kind of activity
Energa Gdańsk Power Generator Gdańsk energy supplies
Ergo Hestia Sopot insurance
Gdańsk Repair Yard Gdańsk repair shipyard
Gdynia Stocznia Gdynia shipyard
GE Capital Bank Gdańsk banking
Grupa LOTOS Gdańsk petroleum products
Intel Technology Poland Gdańsk hardware
International Paper Kwidzyn Kwidzyn paper products
Lubiana Łubiana near Kościerzyna china-ware manufacturer
Philips Consumer Electronics Kwidzyn electronics
Polpharma Starogard Gdański medicines
Prokom Software Gdynia software
Destylarnia Sobieski Starogard Gdański distillery
Elnord Gdańsk energy supplies
LPP Gdańsk designing and distributing clothes



Higher education

Name Location Students
in thousands
total of which
Total - 97.9 55.3
Uniwersytet Gdański
(Gdańsk University)
Tricity 29.3 19.4
Politechnika Gdańska
(Gdańsk University of Technology)
Gdańsk 17.6 5.9
Akademia Pomorska w Słupsku
(Pomeranian Academy in Słupsk)
Słupsk 8.1 6.0
Akademia Medyczna w Gdańsku
(Medical University of Gdańsk)
Gdańsk 4.2 3.1
Akademia Wychowanie Fizycznego i Sportu w Gdańsku
(Gdańsk Sports Academy)
Gdańsk 4.1 1.9
Akademia Sztuk Pięknych w Gdańsku
(Gdańsk Academy of Fine Arts)
Gdańsk 0.9 0.7
Akademia Marynarki Wojennej im. Bohaterów Westerplatte
(Polish Naval Academy)
Gdynia . .
Akademia Morska w Gdyni
(Gdynia Maritime Academy)
Gdynia . .
Gdańskie Seminarium Duchowne
(Gdańsk Seminary)
Gdańsk . .
Akademia Muzyczna im. Stanisława Moniuszki w Gdańsku
(Stanisław Moniuszko Academy of Music, in Gdańsk)
Gdańsk . .
Data as of 31 November 2005, source http://www.stat.gov.pl

Protected areas

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


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