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View of Słopnice from a distance in 2006
View of Słopnice from a distance in 2006
Coat of arms of Słopnice
Coat of arms
Słopnice is located in Poland
Coordinates: 49°42′N 20°21′E / 49.700°N 20.350°E / 49.700; 20.350
Country Poland Poland
Voivodeship Lesser Poland
County Limanowa
Gmina Słopnice
 • Total 6,000
Website Słopnice

Słopnice [swɔpˈnit͡sɛ] is a village in Limanowa County, Lesser Poland Voivodeship, in southern Poland. It is the seat of the gmina (administrative district) called Gmina Słopnice.[1] It lies approximately 6 kilometres (4 mi) west of Limanowa and 50 km (31 mi) south-east of the regional capital Kraków.

The village has a population of approximately 6,000.[citation needed]

Słopnice has five sister cities: Balkány and Zajta in Hungary, Chlebnice in Slovakia, Gießhübl in Austria and Lazuri in Romania.

Eli Sanders, the father of U.S. politician Bernie Sanders and 2016 presidential candidate, was born in Słopnice in 1904 and emigrated to the United States in 1921.[2] Sanders visited the village with his brother Larry Sanders in 2013.[3] In 2016, the mayor, Adam Sołtys, said, "There's quite a bit of excitement in the air here—we're proud of Senator Sanders and we wish our 'homeboy' even greater success!"[3]


  1. ^ "Central Statistical Office (GUS) - TERYT (National Register of Territorial Land Apportionment Journal)" (in Polish). 2008-06-01. 
  2. ^ Chana, Jas (20 August 2015). "Straight Outta Brooklyn, by Way of Vermont: The Bernie Sanders Story". Tablet. Retrieved 20 January 2016. 
  3. ^ a b "Bernie Sander's ancestral town in Poland kvells over his Iowa performance". Jewish Telegraphic Agency. February 2, 2016. Retrieved February 3, 2016. 

Coordinates: 49°42′N 20°21′E / 49.700°N 20.350°E / 49.700; 20.350


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