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Coordinates: 53°07′N 20°22′E / 53.117°N 20.367°E / 53.117; 20.367

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Mława is located in Poland
Coordinates: 53°7′N 20°22′E / 53.117°N 20.367°E / 53.117; 20.367
Country  Poland
Voivodeship Masovian
County Mława County
Gmina Mława (urban gmina)
Established 15th century
Town rights 1429
 - Mayor Sławomir Kowalewski
 - Total 35.5 km2 (13.7 sq mi)
Highest elevation 180 m (591 ft)
Lowest elevation 135 m (443 ft)
Population (2006)
 - Total 29,702
 - Density 836.7/km2 (2,167/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 - Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 06-500 to 06-501
Area code(s) +48 023
Car plates WML

Mława [ˈmwava] is a town in north-central Poland with 30,623 inhabitants (2004). It is the capital of Mława County.

The town is situated in the Masovian Voivodeship (since 1999), previously it was part of the Ciechanów Voivodeship (since 1975). During the Invasion of Poland of 1939 the large Battle of Mława was fought to the north of it. Mława is home to MKS Mława, a men's football team, promoted to 2nd league in 2004/2005 season.



First mention of Mlawa comes from July 2, 1426, when three princes of Mazovia - Siemowit V, Trojden II and Wladyslaw I came here to a session of a local court. It is not known if Mlawa had already been an urban center, as there are no sources which would prove it. Three years later, Mlawa was incorporated as a town and in 1521 during the Polish-Teutonic War, the town was captured and loooted by the Teutonic Knights. In 1659 the town was burned by the Swedish troops, and in 1795, following the Partitions of Poland, Mlawa became part of the Kingdom of Prussia.

After Napoleonic Wars, Mlawa was incorporated into the Russian Empire, where it remained until World War One. Since the town was located in proximity to the pre-1914 Russian-German border, Mlawa was area of heavy fighting, changing hands fourteen times. In the interbellum period, government of the Second Polish Republic constructed here several fortifications, and in September 1939 the advancing Wehrmacht faced a strong Polish resistance (Battle of Mława).

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