Wadowice County (Polish: powiat Wadowicki) 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 is the town of Wadowice, the birthplace of Pope John Paul II, which lies 38 kilometres (24 miles) south-west of the regional capital Kraków. The county also contains the towns of Andrychów, lying 13 km (8 miles) west of Wadowice, and Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, 14 km (9 miles) east of Wadowice.
The county in the basin Skawa, lying at the foothills of the Beskid Mały and mountains, covers an area of 645.74 square kilometres (249.3 sq miles). As of 2006 its total population was 154,304, out of which the population of Andrychów was 21,691, Wadowice was 19,149, Kalwaria Zebrzydowska was 4,503, and the rural population was 108,961.
Wadowice County is bordered by Chrzanów County to the north, Kraków County and Myślenice County to the east, Sucha County to the south, Żywiec County to the south-west, Bielsko County to the west, and Oświęcim County to the north-west.
The area abounds in many attractions of cultural, religious and natural. It draws people like a magnet due to the places and values associated with religious worship and religious life of Pope - John Paul II. In addition, Wadowice County has many historical attractions, based mainly on the sub-region's rich history and many monuments both sacred and secular with interesting examples of religious architecture, both wooden and stone, representing a variety of styles, from Gothic through to Renaissance and Baroque, and also contemporary styles. It has a thriving tourism industry based on the natural landscape of the Beskid Mały Mountains with a number of hiking trails.
Wadowice County has seen growth in farm tourism due in part to the convenient position in relation to the Upper Silesian agglomeration and the regions capital, Kraków, having a clean and unpolluted environment in most areas of the district.
The county is subdivided into 10 gminas (three urban-rural and seven rural). These are listed in the following table, in descending order of population.
|Gmina Kalwaria Zebrzydowska
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The traditional occupation through out the villages was weaving and farming fish. In the nineteenth century almost every household had at least one pond within its enclosure. Wadowice County today has many small manufacturing companies, often with a long tradition. This applies in particular to industries such as; carpentry - furniture industry, the production of footware, operating in the municipality Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, and Wadowice and the broader multitude of artisans in various trades and small construction companies. In Andrychow there are industrial plants manufacturing engines and various fabrics.
; Coordinates Wadowice: 49°53′N 19°30′E
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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