Oświęcim

town in the Lesser Poland province, Poland

Oświęcim (German name: Auschwitz) is a town in the Lesser Poland province of southern Poland. It is 50 kilometres (31 mi) west of Kraków.

Oświęcim
Old Market Square
Old Market Square
Flag of Oświęcim
Flag
Coat of arms of Oświęcim
Coat of arms
Country Poland
VoivodeshipLesser Poland
CountyOświęcim County
GminaOświęcim (urban gmina)
EstablishedFirst mentioned in 1117
Town rights1291
Government
 • MayorJanusz Chwierut
Area
 • Total30.3 km2 (11.7 sq mi)
Elevation
230 m (750 ft)
Population
 (2006)
 • Total40,979
 • Density1,400/km2 (3,500/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
32–600, 32–601, 32–602, 32–603, 32–606, 32–610
Area code(s)+48 033
Car platesKOS
WebsiteOświęcim (in English)

During World War II the Auschwitz concentration camp was situated near this town.

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