Geographical Names of the
Republic of Poland
The Head Office of Geodesy and
Cartography initiated at the end of seventies publication of national
gazetteer, offering financial support for its preparation and printing.
In 1991 as a result of multiyear works volume Geographical names
of the Republic of Poland (Nazwy geograficzne Rzeczypospolitej
Polskiej), ordered by the Surveyor General of Poland, was prepared
by a group of editors from the State Cartographic Publishing House. It
contains about 28000 names established by the Commission on
Standardization of Names of Localities and Physiographic Objects,
affiliated at the Ministers Council Office.
The 782-page gazetteer consists of three parts.
First part comprises names of voivodships, communes and districts of
larger cities. Second part includes names of 22800 localities having
more than 1000 inhabitants (and other more important); each name is
accompanied by geographical coordinates, name of voividship (division
before 1998) and name of commune, where it is situated. Third part
contains names of 5200 physiographic objects (including 2000 names of
rivers and 1800 names of water bodies); they are also accompanied by
location. The gazetteer was equipped with 7 colour maps of Poland at
scales 1:1.500.000 and 1:6.000.000: Administrative division
(2 maps), Natural regions (3 maps), Historical and
ethnographic regions and Forests, national and landscape parks.
introductions and explanations were given in
Polish and English.