Capital of Pomorskie Voivodship and the largest city in Pomerania Region (450 000 citizens). Gdansk with Gdynia and Sopot create agglomeration – Polish main urban area of the Baltic Sea with more than 1 million inhabitants. Its history dates back over 1000 years ago and the most significant historic sites are located in Główne Miasto (Main Town) in Gdańsk (such as medieval Basilica of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary – one of the largest brick churches in the world).
Gdańsk is known worldwide as the place where World War II broke out (in August 2010 architectural studio “Kwadrat” in Gdańsk won the competition for construction of II World War Museum) and the “Solidarity” movement was established. Gdańsk is one the major academic centres in Poland (64 000 students) with more than 20 higher education facilities, including the University of Gdańsk and Gdansk University of Technology.
For 90 years Gdańsk has been dynamically developing – there is now over 60 000 enterprises operating in the city. The capital of the Pomerania Region occupies leading position in terms of utilisation of UE funds which fosters and results in grand investments in infrastructure. Gdańsk, along with adjacent Sopot and Gdynia, constitutes Polish holiday base – over 20 kilometres of Baltic beaches attract each year 500 000 foreign and more than 800 000 Polish tourists.