is an administrative unit in Poland
, a subdivision of a gmina
(although only villages are assigned to sołectwos). In most cases it consists of one village
, but sometimes large villages may be divided into several sołectwos (Polish
), while in other cases one sołectwo may consist of several villages or hamlets.
The elected head of a sołectwo is called a sołtys (for etymology see Schultheiß). In Polish villages the house of the current holder of that post is generally marked with a red plaque bearing the word SOŁTYS. The sołtys may be assisted by an elected sołectwo council (rada sołecka).