Dzierżoniów County or in Polish, powiat dzierżoniowski is a unit of territorial administration and local government in the Lower Silesian Voivodeship in south-western Poland. It came into being on 1st January 1999, as a result of the Polish local government reforms passed in 1998. Its administrative seat is the town of Dzierżoniów, and it also contains four other towns: Bielawa, Niemcza, Pieszyce and Piława Górna. The county covers an area of 478.3 square kilometres or 184.7 square miles.
As at 2006 the total population of the county was 104,852. This figure breaks down as follows: Dzierżoniów 34,678, Bielawa 31,219, Pieszyce 9,490, Piława Górna 6,779, Niemcza 3,121, rural areas 19,565.
The county is subdivided into seven gminas, four urban, one urban-rural and two rural. These are listed in the following table, in descending order of population.
|Gmina Dzierżoniów||rural||142.1||9,391||Dzierżoniów *|
|From Wikipedia with thanks * seat not part of the gmina|
A Powiat, pronounced povyat is the second level of Polish administrative division, between Voivodships and Communes. As such it is roughly equivalent to counties or districts in the United Kingdom.
There is no official equivalent of the name in English.
Some of the towns in a Voivodship can be centres of more than one powiat. The reason is that in several cases the town itself and its surroundings form separate entities of administrative division. This is usually the case for large Polish cities, but can also apply to several smaller towns.
Powiat Dzierżoniowski - Dolnośląskie - Poland Travel Guide