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Title: Kociewiacy  
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Subject: Kashubians, Starogard Gdański, Kashubian-Pomeranian Association, Tuchola Forest, Gdańsk Pomerania, Polish folk beliefs, Tczew County
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The Kociewiacy are a small Polish ethnic group. They live in Pomerania south of Gdansk. The region they inhabit is called Kociewie and has well-developed industry and agriculture. The capital city of Kociewie is Starogard Gdański, while their biggest city is Tczew. Most of the Kociewiacy are Roman Catholics.

They live next to a far more prominent ethnic group in the area, the Kashubians.

Kocievian dialect, unlike Kashubian, is mostly intelligible with mainstream Polish language. Despite geographic proximity, these two dialects are very dissimilar, with Kocievian being much closer to Kuyavian, to the point of some scholars calling it a variant of that dialect.[1]


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