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Świdnica is a city in south-western Poland in the region of Silesia. It has a population of 59,002 inhabitants according to 2014 figures. It lies in Lower Silesian Voivodeship, being the seventh largest town in that voivodeship. From 1975 - 98 it was in the former Wałbrzych Voivodeship. It is now the seat of Świdnica County, and also of the smaller district of Gmina Świdnica . Świdnica became part of the Wałbrzych agglomeration on 23 January 2014.HistoryAbout 990, the territory on which Świdnica was later founded became part of Poland. Świdnica became a town in 1250, although no founding document has survived that would confirm this fact except for the 1267 mention of a civitas. In the beginning, the town belonged to the Duchy of Wrocław ruled by Henryk IV who granted Świdnica two important privileges conducive to its development, prawo szrotu for the liquor sales monopoly and prawo mili for the ownership of market stalls. By 1290, Świdnica had city walls and six gates, crafts and trade were blossoming, and it had become the capital of the Duchy of Świdnica. City was in 1291-1392 capital of Duchy of Świdnica.
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