City and Region
Poznań – City of Work and City of Play
City of Poznan
Poznan is one of the largest cities of Poland which is known as a strong academic, business and fair centre. With approx. 550 thousand residents, Poznan is the 5th largest Polish city. The Agglomeration of Poznan counts 1 million people.
It is here where the Polish nation was born, and where the only successful Polish uprising – The Greater Poland Uprising – was ignited, which further confirms the resourcefulness of Poznań’s citizens.
The city hosts 25 universities, including 8 public universities, with 120 thousand students. This means that every fifth resident of Poznan is a student.
Poznan has wide offer of entertainment and culture. Every month there is an event worth to attend, including Short Waves Festival, Poznan Motor Show, Pyrkon Fantasy Convention, Enea Spring Break or Poznan Ice Festival. There are also famous sport competitions for amateurs and professionals: Poznan Marathon, Poznan Bike Challenge and Super League Triathlon Poznan.
Moreover, Poznan is an important business centre on the map of Poland. The city is the seat of over 112 thousand business entities, while the number of companies with foreign capital is one of the largest in Poland. Foreign capital comes mainly from Germany, France, Japan, Great Britain and the USA. Poznan is host to the IT, financial and accounting centres of well-known companies like Franklin Templeton Investments, MAN, McKinsey, Roche. The city has also attracted many foreign investments from automotive, pharmacy and production sectors. Fitch Ratings give the rating to Poznan of A- with a stable outlook.
Poznań backs its methods to achieve success, bolstered with an over-1000-year-old efficiency tradition. Here, even the most ambitious ventures and the boldest visions can have a chance to come to fruition. It is here where the Polish nation was born, and where the only successful Polish uprising – The Greater Poland Uprising – was ignited, which further confirms the resourcefulness of Poznań’s citizens.
Poznań can also pride itself on its sporting infrastructure, which allows it to organise even the most important international sporting events. Poznań was one of the UEFA EURO 2012™ host cities, and it features one of the most charmingly-located regatta courses in the world. The Greater Poland capital also hosts the largest street race in Poland – the famous Poznań Marathon. The football world is familiar with the most passionate football supporters in Poland – Lech Poznań’s fans.
The Poznań brand spreads as well to the largest and the most important fairs in Poland and popular cultural events: the “Maltafestival” – Poland’s largest alternative films festival, the “Made in Chicago Festival”, which is the only festival in Europe featuring the Chicago school of jazz, the “Animator Festival” – Poland’s largest animated films festival, the “Ethno Port Festival” – deemed to be one of the 25 best world music festivals in the world, and, finally, there is the “Transatlantyk” Poznań International Film and Music Festival.
As we carry out our professional ventures with equal ease as we spend our time in a creative fashion, we tend to think of Poznań as a City of Work and a City of Play.
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The Wielkopolska Province: tourism, culture, business
The varied landscape of the Wielkopolska Province is ideal for active leisure – local forests and lakes belong to some of the most beautiful in the country. There are numerous natural landscape parks established, walking routes and bicycle trails. Many historic mansions and residences scattered all over the region are worth visiting, too. Historical monuments in the region’s capital city, Poznań and Gniezno, the oldest city in Poland are a must-see. The Wielkopolska Province boasts various sites connected with the cultural heritage of the country – the Polish statehood was born here after all. Highly developed tourist infrastructure encourages to discover the region all year round!
As one of the most important places on the cultural map of Poland, Wielkopolska attracts by events of various fields of contemporary culture, folklore events and reconstructions of historical events. And it is not only Poznań, as the region’s capital, offers a range of unique artistic projects that cater for all tastes. Cyclic international festivals, competitions, theatre and film meetings gather many guests also in other cities of the region.
Economy is the also one of the region’s strengths – traditional virtues as diligence, dependability and frugality are the grounds for the region’s economic success. Steady development, modernisation of all spheres of life and innovative thinking are features marking out among other regions in Poland or Europe. The Wielkopolska Region counts among the three most attractive Polish regions in terms of investment prospects. Its status is a result of such factors as transport accessibility, business support organisations, market absorptiveness, industry development level and transformation dynamics. The potential found in Wielkopolska has already been widely appreciated by global concerns. Among the foreign investments, German capital dominates, but the share of French, American, Japanese, Irish, British and Korean. Among the major foreign investors are: Volkswagen, Bridgestone, Corporation Fund GEI belonging to Cofra, Open Text, EDP Renewables, Honda, Hempel, Samsung, Nestle, GlaxoSmithKline, Samsung, Elektronics Poland Manufacturing, Joskin Poland, Telcordia Arvato Services Poland, Franklin Templeton Investments, MAN Accounting Sevrices, Microsoft Innovation Center, Carlsberg Financial Services, Rogal Philips Electronics, Exide Technologies, Glaxo Smith Kline, Wrigley Company.
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