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Pomeranian Voivodship

The Pomeranian Voivodship (in Polish województwo pomorskie) is an administrative region or voivodship in northern Poland within the historic region of Eastern Pomerania.

(1) Pomeranian voivodship (1999-), administrative and local government unit of the Republic of Poland (III Rzeczpospolita) established on 1 January 1999 out of former voivodships of Gdansk, Elblag and Slupsk, as a result of Local Government Reogranization Act of 1998. The voivodship's name recalls the region's traditional name of Pomerania (Pomorze).

Along the Zachodniopomorskie Voivodship it spreads along the Baltic coast (on the east). The independent town Gdansk is the center of the voivodeship. It forms a part of the so-called tricity: Sopot, Gdansk, and Gdynia. Narrow Hel pennisula belongs to the voivodship. Other well-known tourist destinations: Puck, Krynica Morska, Ustka, Jastarnia, Rozewie, or Kuźnica with many fishing ports and lighthouses.

Table of contents
1 Major cities of this region :
2 Administrative division
3 Previous Pomeranian Voivodships

Major cities of this region :

(population 2003)

Administrative division

Previous Pomeranian Voivodships

(2) Pomeranian voivodship (1945-1950) was a unit of administration and local government in Poland established 1945 from most of pre-war Pomeranian Voivodship (3), later renamed Bydgoszcz Voivodship

Capital city: Bydgoszcz

List of counties in 1946
English county name, Polish county name, capital city

(3) Pomeranian voivodship (1919-1939) was a unit of administration and local government in the Republic of Poland (II Rzeczpospolita) established in 1919 after WWI from the majority of the Prussian province of West Prussia which fell to Poland. Capital was initially in Torun. In 1938-39 voivodship extended to the south at the expense Poznan Voivodship and Warsaw Voivodship, and called Great Pomerania afterwards. The capital was moved to Bydgoszcz.

During WWII occupied by Nazi Germany and renamed Reich province of Gdansk-West Prussia (Reichsgau Danzig-Westpreussen). In 1945 returned to Poland and superseded by Gdansk and Bydgoszcz voivodships. In years 1975-98 reorganized into voivodships of Gdansk, Elblag, Bydgoszcz, Torun and Wloclawek.

(4) Pomeranian voivodship (1466-1772) was a part of Royal Prussia, an autonomous province in the Kingdom of Poland (The Republic of Both Nations - I Rzeczpospolita). Capital in Gdansk. Renamed to the Prussian province of West Prussia (1772-1919)

(5) Pomeranian voivodship (1294-1308) was a province of the Kingdom of Poland. After the extinction of the local dukes 1294 the province fell to Przemysl II of Poland.

Voivodships of Poland:
Greater Poland Voivodship  |  Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodship  |  Lesser Poland Voivodship  |  Lodz Voivodship  |  Lower Silesian Voivodship  |  Lublin Voivodship  |  Lubusz Voivodship  |  Masovian Voivodship  |  Opole Voivodship  |  Subcarpathian Voivodship  |  Podlasie Voivodship  |  Pomeranian Voivodship  |  Swietokrzyskie Voivodship  |  Silesian Voivodship  |  Warmian-Masurian Voivodship  |  West Pomeranian Voivodship