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Coat of arms of Bełchatów
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Bełchatów is located in Poland
Coordinates: 51°22′N 19°22′E / 51.367°N 19.367°E / 51.367; 19.367
Country Poland
Voivodeship Łódź
County Bełchatów County
Gmina Bełchatów (urban gmina)
Established 14th century
Town rights 1743-1870, 1925
 • Mayor Mariola Czechowska
 • Total 34.63 km2 (13.37 sq mi)
Population (2010)
 • Total 60,970
 • Density 1,800/km2 (4,600/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 97-400
Area code(s) +48 44
Car plates EBE

Bełchatów [bɛu̯ˈxatuf] (German: Belchental) is a town in central Poland. It is located in Łódź Voivodeship, 160 kilometres (99 miles) from Warsaw.

Bełchatów has the largest coal fuelled thermal power plant in Europe, the Elektrownia Bełchatów, also, one of largest fossil fuel power stations in the world. It produces 27-28 TWh of electricity per year, or 20% of the total power generation in Poland.


One municipal division of Bełchatów comprises numerous housing estates including the Budowlanych housing estate located in the central part of the town (close to the "Kultura" cinema, the Municipal Cultural Center, the Town Hall and the church). The estate is also close to the "Rakówka" river and Olszewski Park.

Other municipal divisions of Bełchatów include Dobrzelów District, Grocholice, and the following housing estates:

  • Osiedle 1 Maja
  • Osiedle Binków
  • Osiedle Dolnośląskie
  • Osiedle Konopnickiej
  • Osiedle Kopernika
  • Osiedle Łąkowa
  • Osiedle Okrzei
  • Osiedle Olsztyńskie
  • Osiedle Przytorze
  • Osiedle Słoneczne
  • Osiedle Tysiąclecia
  • Osiedle Wolności
  • Osiedle Żołnierzy P.O.W.      
Osiedle 1 Maja
Osiedle Binków in Bełchatów.


Championship of Poland in seasons 2004/05 and 05/06,
Winner of Polish Cup in 2004 and 2005,
3rd place in season 2001/02,
4th place in season 2003/2004,
  • Zjednoczeni Bełchatów - men's football team (6th league 2005/2006)

Notable people[edit]

  • Harry Haft (1925–2007), survivor of the Auschwitz concentration camp and a professional boxer in the United States during 1948–1949

International relations[edit]

Twin towns — Sister cities[edit]

Bełchatów is twinned with:[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Portal Bełchatów" [Bełchatów - Partnership Cities]. Miasto Bełchatów [Bełchatów town council] (in Polish). 2010. Archived from the original on 13 June 2011. Retrieved 22 June 2011. 
  2. ^ "Myślenice - Miasta partnerskie" [Myślenice - Partnership Cities] (in Polish). Archived from the original on 2013-05-02. Retrieved 2013-08-04. 

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Coordinates: 51°22′N 19°23′E / 51.367°N 19.383°E / 51.367; 19.383