The Opole Province (German and Opole Province, Polish województwo opolskie) with the capital Opole is one of the 16 provinces of the Republic of Poland. It covers the western part of Upper Silesia, the region around Opole, supplemented by the former Lower Silesia circles Brzeg and Namysłów. The Opole province was created in 1950, when the administrative reforms in 1975 and 1999, there was marginal corrections or the exchange of territory. The Opole Province is the center of the German minority in Poland, which has with its election committee since 1998 share in the administration of the local Sejmik.