Świdnica County
Powiat świdnicki
—  County  —


Coat of arms
Location within the voivodeship
Country  Poland
Voivodeship Lower Silesian
Seat Świdnica
 • Total 742.89 km2 (286.83 sq mi)
Population (2006)
 • Total 160,337
 • Density 220/km2 (560/sq mi)
 • Urban 112,404
 • Rural 47,933
Car plates DSW

Świdnica County (Polish: powiat świdnicki) is a unit of territorial administration and local government (powiat) in Lower Silesian Voivodeship, south-western Poland. It came into being on January 1, 1999, as a result of the Polish local government reforms passed in 1998. The county covers an area of 742.9 square kilometres (286.8 sq mi). Its administrative seat is Świdnica, and it also contains the towns of Świebodzice, Strzegom, Jaworzyna Śląska and Żarów.

As at 2006 the total population of the county is 160,337, out of which the population of Świdnica is 60,354, that of Świebodzice is 23,126, that of Strzegom is 16,782, that of Żarów is 6,902, that of Jaworzyna Śląska is 5,240, and the rural population is 47,933.

Neighbouring counties[]

Świdnica County is bordered by Środa Śląska County to the north, Wrocław County to the north-east, Dzierżoniów County to the south, Wałbrzych County to the south-west and Jawor County to the north-west.

Administrative division[]

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

Gmina Type Area
Świdnica urban 22.0 60,354  
Gmina Strzegom urban-rural 144.7 26,990 Strzegom
Świebodzice urban 30.4 23,126  
Gmina Świdnica rural 208.3 15,210 Świdnica *
Gmina Żarów urban-rural 88.0 12,381 Żarów
Gmina Jaworzyna Śląska urban-rural 67.3 10,352 Jaworzyna Śląska
Gmina Marcinowice rural 95.9 6,476 Marcinowice
Gmina Dobromierz rural 86.5 5,448 Dobromierz
* seat not part of the gmina


Coordinates: 50°50′39″N 16°25′27″E / 50.84417, 16.42417