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Poland: Administrative Division
September 30, 2011   
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Administrative reforms on Jan. 1, 1999 divided Poland into 16 provinces with the following authorities:

Province governors, appointed by the prime minister. The governor represents the central government administration in a province and is in charge of carrying out government policy. In particular, governors supervise local government in provinces to make sure that central government administration tasks are performed diligently, lawfully and economically.

Province local government authorities, made up of province assemblies and province boards headed by marshals. The province assembly consists of councilors elected through a direct vote. The assembly elects the board. The province local government issues local laws and defines the development strategy for the province with a special focus on stimulating business in the area.

The assembly (sejmik) is the legislative and supervisory body of each province. Its chief tasks include electing the province board and adopting and overseeing the province budget.

The province board is the executive body of each province. Its chief tasks are carrying out resolutions passed by the assembly, managing the province’s assets and drawing up and implementing the province budget.

The largest province in Poland is Mazovia (35,558 square kilometers) with its headquarters in Warsaw. The smallest is Opole province (9,412 sq km) with its headquarters in Opole.
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