Myślenice County (Polish: powiat myślenicki) is a unit of territorial administration and local government (powiat) in Lesser Poland Voivodeship, Malopolskie, in southern Poland.
It came into being on January 1, 1999, as a result of the Polish local government reforms passed in 1998.
Its administrative seat and largest town is Myślenice, which lies 26 kilometres (16 mi) south of the regional capital Kraków. The county also contains the towns of Sułkowice, lying 10 km (6 miles) west of Myślenice, and Dobczyce, 15 km (9 miles) north-east of Myślenice.
The county covers an area of 673.3 square kilometres (260.0 sq miles). As of 2006 its total population is 116,793, out of which the population of Myślenice was 18,070, Sułkowice was 6,305, Dobczyce was 6,028, and the rural population was 86,390.
Myślenice district lies in a picturesque valley framed by the Beskid mountains, the Raba River and Wyspowy (part of the Western Beskydy).
Myślenice County is bordered by Kraków County and Wieliczka County to the north, Bochnia County and Limanowa County to the east, Nowy Targ County to the south, and Sucha County and Wadowice County to the west.
The county is subdivided into nine gminas (three urban-rural and six rural). These are listed in the following table, in descending order of population.
The editor acknowledges with grateful thanks that some of the above information is from Wikipedia.
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.
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