Podlasie – II PL Study Trip
Podlaskie Voivodeship covers an area of 20 187 km2. It is divided into seventeen counties: Białystok County, Białystok City County, Sokółka County, Bielsk Podlaski County, Hajnówka County, Kolno County, Łomża County, Łomża City County, Siemiatycze County, Wysokie Mazowieckie County, Zambrów County, Augustów County, Grajewo County, Mońki County, Sejny County, Suwałki County, and Suwałki City County.
In 2010, the population of Podlaskie Voivodeship was 1 181 047, with the density of 59/m2. 60.4% of the Podlasie population are urban residents.
A statistical resident of Podlaskie Voivodeship is 38.7 years old. 29.8% of the population are people younger than 25, 14.8% – older than 65. However, the birth rate is very low: 0.1 per 1000 residents, which is significantly less compared with the figure for Poland (0.9 per 1000 residents).
8% of the Podlasie residents have a higher education degree. 13.2% of the voivodeship residents are unemployed. The average resident of Podlaskie Voivodeship has gross monthly earnings of 2 854.02 PLN (≈ €713). 32% of the employed work in the fields of forestry, agriculture, hunting and fishing, but only 2.6% of them are hired in finance, insurance, market service and real estate.
Podlaskie Voivodeship borders with Belarus (around 260 km), Luthuania (around 100 km), Lublin Voivodeship, Masovian Voivodeship, and Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship.
Podlasie has a variety of faith groups: Catholics, Protestants, Greek Catholics, Muslims, and Old Believers. Apart from Poles, the area is inhabited by Belarusians, Lithuanians, Tatars, Russians, Ukrainians, and Romani. In the past, Jews were another ethnic group living in the region.