Złotów County

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Złotów County
Powiat złotowski
Coat of arms of Złotów County
Location within the voivodeship
Location within the voivodeship
Coordinates (Złotów): 53°21′37″N 17°2′27″E / 53.36028°N 17.04083°E / 53.36028; 17.04083Coordinates: 53°21′37″N 17°2′27″E / 53.36028°N 17.04083°E / 53.36028; 17.04083
Country Poland
VoivodeshipGreater Poland
 • Total1,660 km2 (640 sq mi)
 • Total68,791
 • Density41/km2 (110/sq mi)
 • Urban
 • Rural
Car platesPZL

Złotów County (Polish: powiat złotowski) is a unit of territorial administration and local government (powiat) in Greater Poland Voivodeship, west-central Poland. Its administrative seat and largest town is Złotów, which lies 107 kilometres (66 mi) north of the regional capital Poznań. The county contains three other towns: Jastrowie, 17 km (11 mi) northwest of Złotów, Okonek, 23 km (14 mi) northwest of Złotów, and Krajenka, 7 km (4 mi) southwest of Złotów.

The county covers an area of 1,661 square kilometres (641.3 sq mi). As of 2011, its total population is 68,791, out of which the population of Złotów is 18,303, that of Jastrowie is 8,485, that of Okonek is 3,855, that of Krajenka is 3,659, and the rural population is 34,489.


Before 1772, the area was part of the Kingdom of Poland. From 1772 to 1945, it was part of Prussia and Germany, contained mainly in the district called Kreis Flatow (Złotów), although parts were in Kreis Deutsch Krone (Jastrowie). For more information, see Territorial changes of Poland after World War II.

In post-war Poland, Złotów County was in Szczecin Voivodeship from 1946 to 1950, and then in Koszalin Voivodeship until 1975, when the powiats were abolished. From 1975 until 1998, the area was part of Piła Voivodeship. The county was recreated on January 1, 1999, as a result of the Polish local government reforms passed in 1998, which reintroduced the powiats and created sixteen larger voivodeships.

Neighbouring counties[edit]

Złotów County is bordered by Szczecinek County to the northwest, Człuchów County to the northeast, Sępólno County to the east, Piła County to the south, and Wałcz County and Drawsko County to the west.

Administrative division[edit]

The county is subdivided into eight gminas (one urban, three urban-rural and four rural). These are listed in the following table, in descending order of population.

Gmina Type Area
Złotów urban 11.6 18,303  
Gmina Jastrowie urban-rural 353.4 11,549 Jastrowie
Gmina Złotów rural 292.5 9,307 Złotów *
Gmina Okonek urban-rural 325.9 8,809 Okonek
Gmina Krajenka urban-rural 191.8 7,301 Krajenka
Gmina Lipka rural 191.0 5,557 Lipka
Gmina Zakrzewo rural 162.5 4,847 Zakrzewo
Gmina Tarnówka rural 132.2 3,118 Tarnówka
* seat not part of the gmina


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