Published: 2019-03-271

The potential of peripheral rural areas on the example of the Podlaskie voivodeship

Zofia Kołoszko-Chomentowska , Marek Zdziarstek
Acta Scientiarum Polonorum Administratio Locorum
Section: Articles


The development of peripheral rural areas is of fundamental importance to the growth of rural areas. The voivodeships of Eastern Poland are considered to be peripheral regions, including the Podlaskie voivodeship. The goal of this paper was to assess the growth potential of the Podlaskie voivodeship after over a decade of functioning in EU structures.

This voivodeship is characterized by the qualities of peripheral regions. The value of the GDP is continuously approx. 30% lower than the national average, and depopulation processes are taking place in some communes. The region is internally polarized in terms of growth potential. The economic activity of the inhabitants is low. The high level of agriculture allows it to maintain the leading position in milk production. Therefore it is justified to support the leading role of agriculture.


rural areas, peripheries, development, depopulation

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Kołoszko-Chomentowska, Z., & Zdziarstek, M. (2019). The potential of peripheral rural areas on the example of the Podlaskie voivodeship. Acta Scientiarum Polonorum Administratio Locorum, 18(1).

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