Cieszyn Silesia

Cieszyn Silesia
Těšínské Slezsko / Těšínsko  (Czech)
Śląsk Cieszyński  (Polish)
Teschener Schlesien / Olsagebiet  (German)
Těšín Silesia
Teschen Silesia
Historical Region
Cieszyn Silesian landscape seen from Wielka Czantoria
Cieszyn Silesian landscape seen from Wielka Czantoria
Flag of Cieszyn Silesia
Coat of arms of Cieszyn Silesia
Polish map of Cieszyn Silesia. The solid black line is the historical border of the region, and the broken black line is the international border.
Polish map of Cieszyn Silesia. The solid black line is the historical border of the region, and the broken black line is the international border.
Cieszyn Silesia is located in Poland
Cieszyn Silesia
Cieszyn Silesia
Location of Cieszyn Silesia in Poland and the Czech Republic
Cieszyn Silesia is located in Czech Republic
Cieszyn Silesia
Cieszyn Silesia
Cieszyn Silesia (Czech Republic)
Coordinates: 49°44′56″N 18°37′34″E / 49.749°N 18.626°E / 49.749; 18.626Coordinates: 49°44′56″N 18°37′34″E / 49.749°N 18.626°E / 49.749; 18.626
Country Poland
 Czech Republic
SeatCieszyn
Area
 • Total2,280 km2 (880 sq mi)
Population
 • Total810,000
 • Density360/km2 (920/sq mi)
Map of Cieszyn Silesia and its Polish-Czech historical borders in 1918-1945

Cieszyn Silesia, Těšín Silesia or Teschen Silesia (Polish: Śląsk Cieszyński [ˈɕlɔ̃sk tɕɛˈʂɨj̃skʲi] (audio speaker iconlisten); Czech: Těšínské Slezsko [ˈcɛʃiːnskɛː ˈslɛsko] (audio speaker iconlisten) or Těšínsko [ˈcɛʃiːnsko] (audio speaker iconlisten); German: Teschener Schlesien or Olsagebiet) is a historical region in south-eastern Silesia, centered on the towns of Cieszyn and Český Těšín and bisected by the Olza River. Since 1920 it has been divided between Poland and Czechoslovakia, and later the Czech Republic. It covers an area of about 2,280 square kilometres (880 sq mi) and has about 810,000 inhabitants, of which 1,002 square kilometres (387 sq mi) (44%) is in Poland, while 1,280 square kilometres (494 sq mi) (56%) is in the Czech Republic.

The historical boundaries of the region are roughly the same as those of the former independent Duchy of Teschen/Cieszyn. Currently, over half of Cieszyn Silesia forms one of the euroregions, the Cieszyn Silesia Euroregion, with the rest of it belonging to Euroregion Beskydy.[1][2]

  1. ^ "Euroregion Ślask Cieszyński – Těšínské Slezsko W PIGUŁCE" (PDF) (in Polish). pp. 4–5.
  2. ^ "Euroregion Těšínské Slezsko. Seznam obcí tvořících euroregion v roce 2004" (in Czech).