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Świętokrzyskie Voivodeship

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Country  Poland
Area  11,672 km2
Capital  Kielce
Colleges and Universities  Jan Kochanowski University, Kielce University of Technology
Points of interest  Swietokrzyskie Mountains, Krzyztopor, Przypkowscy Clock Museum, Palace of the Krakow Bishops in Kielce, St Annes Chapel - Pinczow
Destinations  Kielce, Ostrowiec Swietokrzyski, Sandomierz, Busko-Zdroj, Skarzysko-Kamienna

Świętokrzyskie Voivodeship, Świętokrzyskie Province, or Holy Cross Province (Polish: województwo świętokrzyskie [vɔjɛˈvut͡stfɔ ɕfʲɛntɔˈkʂɨskʲɛ]) is one of the 16 voivodeships (provinces) into which Poland is divided. It is situated in southeastern Poland, in the historical province of Lesser Poland, and takes its name from the Świętokrzyskie (Holy Cross) mountain range. Its capital and largest city is Kielce.


Map of Świętokrzyskie-Voivodeship

Świętokrzyskie Province is bounded by six other voivodeships: Masovian to the north, Lublin to the east, Subcarpathian to the southeast, Lesser Poland to the south, Silesian to the southwest, and Łódź to the northwest.

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The province was created on 1 January 1999, out of the former Kielce Voivodeship, eastern part of Częstochowa Voivodeship and western part of Tarnobrzeg Voivodeship, pursuant to the Polish local government reforms adopted in 1998. It covers an area of 11,672 square kilometres (4,507 sq mi), making it the second smallest of the voivodeships (after Opole). As at 2006, the total population of Świętokrzyskie Voivodeship is 1,281,796.

Cities and towns

The voivodeship contains 32 cities and towns. These are listed below in descending order of population (according to official figures for 2006 ):

Administrative division

Świętokrzyskie Voivodeship is divided into 14 counties (powiats): 1 city county and 13 land counties. These are further divided into 102 gminas.

The counties are listed in the following table (ordering within categories is by decreasing population).

Protected areas

Protected areas in Świętokrzyskie Voivodeship include one National Park and nine Landscape Parks. These are listed below.

  • Świętokrzyski National Park
  • Chęciny-Kielce Landscape Park
  • Cisów-Orłowiny Landscape Park
  • Jeleniowska Landscape Park
  • Kozubów Landscape Park
  • Nida Landscape Park
  • Przedbórz Landscape Park (partly in Łódź Voivodeship)
  • Sieradowice Landscape Park
  • Suchedniów-Oblęgorek Landscape Park
  • Szaniec Landscape Park
  • Most popular surnames in the region

    1. Nowak: 5,538
    2. Wieczorek: 2,654
    3. Mazur: 2,512


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