|Area:||19 425 km2|
|Expenditure per capita:||3 129 zł|
|Henryk SkwarłoWójt||Hubert TomaPrzewodniczący Rady Gminy|
The Wejherowo Municipality lies in the Wejherowo district of the Pomeranian region. Covering an area of 200 sq km, and surrounding the town of Wejherowo itself, it is comprised of 16 village councils and is home to about 22,000 people. Formed in 1934 by combining a number of villages, today its main centres are Bolszewo, Gościcino, Góra, Nowy Dwór Wejherowski, as well as Gowino and Orle. The smaller villages are Bieszkowice, Gniewowo, Kąpino, Kniewo, Łężyce, Reszki, Sopieszyno, Ustarbowo, Warszkowo and Zbychowo.
Home to a wealth of historical sites, the 1911 church In Góre houses an early baroque altar piece from 1665 as well as original paintings of the Holy Trinity and the Adoration of the Three Kings; the village itself is one of the oldest centres of religious life in the region. In addition the parish church in Bolszewo is where you can find a bronze bell also dating from 1665, obviously a good year, from the workshop of Daniel Tym in Gdansk. There are also a number of WWII cemeteries in the area all with tragic stories to tell. Piaśnicy is home to the remains of 12,000 people murdered by the Nazis at the outbreak of war, including Sister Alicja Kotowska and the first head of the municipality, Major Edward Łakomy. In Bialy the cemetery contains the graves of 28 Polish soldiers who died in 1939 defending the area. The mass graves in Łężycy is where 4249 Red Army as well as 32 soldiers from the armoured Westerplatte brigade are buried, the cemetery here has a monument and orthodox cross donated by the municipality.
Thanks to its proximity to the Tri-city and wonderful countryside the Wejherowo Municipality is popular with visitors and resident alike, old and new. Three tourist paths and trails run through the area: “Puszczy Darżlubskiej” (Wejherowo – Krokowa), “Wejherowski” (Wejherowo – Sopot Kamienny Potok)and “Zagórskiej Strugi” ( Wejherowo – Gdynia). Sports fans can stop off for a round of golf at the Sierra Club’s 18-hole course in Pętkowice; covering 82 hectares, it is just 25km from Gdynia. Other places of interest include the ostrich farm at Kniewo where there’s good fishing and mushrooming in summer and autumn as well as horse-drawn sleigh rides in winter. Horse lovers can enjoy riding at the many stables the area has to offer. The most popular attractions for those wishing to relax are the many lakes for example in Borowo, Bieszkowice and Wyspowo , as well as the lake at Orle with the Reda canal. The swimming area at lake Zawiat has life guards 7 days a week. Cyclist can take advantage of the 133km of new cycle paths built as part of the 2011 “Northern Kashubia Tourist Trails” project. Meanwhile in winter, ice-skaters should head for Gościcino and the newly built ice rink.
2012 saw the inauguration of the Dworek Drzewiarza cultural centre where guests can learn about the history of forestry and folklore in the region. The centre also hosts concerts, exhibitions and artistic workshops.
The Wejherowo Municipality also possesses enormous economic potential and has an economic zone which is home to over 1,000 businesses, both foreign and local. Perhaps the oldest, and certainly one of the largest, is the KLOSE furniture factory in Gościcino which has been in operation for over 110 years. Add to that companies such as Porta doors, Balex Metal Bolszewo and Hydrostal and it is clear that the Wejherowo Municipality is very much open for business.