About Pomorskie Voivodeship
Pomorskie is one of 16 voivodeships in Poland and lies on the south shore of the Baltic Sea. As concerns the size, the voivodeship occupies 18,300 square kilometers and accounts for 6% of the country’s land area. Pomorskie is one of the most developed provinces in Poland with a high degree of urbanization (70 percent). In terms of nominal value of domestic production, it takes 7th place, and in terms of GDP per capita - 5th place in the country.
Pomorskie has 2.24 million inhabitants, i.e. almost 6% of the Polish population. Nearly 67% of Pomorskie population lives in its 42 cities and towns. The cities of Gdansk, Gdynia and Sopot are in a conurbation, together forming a metropolitan area called the Tri-city, which enjoys the unquestioned status of the heart of the region and northern Poland. Tri-city is full of historical and cultural attractions, especially Gdańsk with more than 1,000 years of cultural heritage.
Cities and Towns
Gdańsk is the capital of the region and its largest city with a population of nearly half a million inhabitants.
Gdynia is the second largest city of voivodeship. It stands out in Poland as a symbol of local governance and dynamic economic development.
One of Poland's smallest towns, Sopot, the third of the Tri-city sisters is beautifully situated between Gdansk Gulf and the forests of the Tri-city Landscape Park. Hence, lying in the lap of beaches and sea on the one hand, and verdant greens on the other, Sopot beckons all those who are looking for unadulterated enjoyment in beautiful natural surroundings. It is referred to as the summer capital of Poland.
Słupsk is the third largest town in the region. With a population of 97.3 thousand. It is the main urban center of western expanse of the voivodeship.
Investment opportunity in Pomorskie Voivodeship.
Business development and support are a priority in Pomorskie. That is why both entrepreneurs and investors have found here a favorable ground for investment and business projects.
Pomorskie has around 120 business support institutions. The most significant of them include: regional development agencies, trade associations, associations and foundations for business support, business incubators, technology incubators, science and technology parks, technology transfer centres, loan, guarantee and venture capital schemes. The services they provide cover mainly IT, training, consultation, finance, research, development and innovation. Within the National Service System there are currently 14 Consultation Centres which provide small and medium-sized enterprises with information and consultation services, coordinated by Pomorskie Development Agency S.A. – one of the leaders in the region’s business support system. The establishment of the Special Economic Zones have been one of the ways to attract investors and encourage them to stay. It has guaranteed a significant facilitation and development of businesses. Two out of 14 such zones operating in Poland are in Pomorskie – Pomorskie Special Economic Zone (PSEZ) and Slupsk Special Economic Zone (SSEZ). Lately PSEZ was chosen as a potential location to host Poland’s first Nuclear Power Plant.
In this zone, well known companies such as Sharp, Orion and Bridgestone are already in operation. The SSEZ was set up on the basis of the 9th of September 1997 regulation of the Council of Ministers for a period of 23 years (until the 31st of December 2020). The Słupsk Zone is located in the northern part of Poland and encompasses an area of more than 400 hectares. The Zone consists of 8 investment areas in 3 voivodeships.
Shipbuilding continues to be Pomorskie’s leading industry and largest employer, and is represented by building yards, repair yards, and the cooperating companies whose offers go beyond the industry to include services available to other trades. The largest shipbuilding company in terms of income on sales (both regionally and nationally) is the Repair Capital Group headed by the Gdańsk Ship Repair Yard.
Oil refining trade is represented by the largest enterprise in the region and one of the largest companies in Poland – the LOTOS SA Capital Group. LOTOS deals with oil refining and processing, and trading in oil products
High technologies and Electronic trade represent the swiftest developing sector in the voivodeship. Most firms here are small and medium-sized enterprises. The best known companies operating in the trade are: Intel Technology Research Centre Poland, Lufthansa Systems Poland, IBM. Electronic trade is represented by ie: Flextronics Int. Poland (supplier of electronic sub-assemblies), DGT (modern communication systems), Radmor (the largest Polish manufacturer of mobile radio-communication gear, UKF FM).
The high-tech sector further includes the developing cosmetic and pharmaceutical industry. The leaders of the Polish pharmaceutical include the local Polpharma SA.
Favorable location and convenient road, railway, air and sea connections to all over the world make Pomorskie an important center for international trade. The ports of Gdansk and Gdynia are two of the four major Polish ports. They are characterized by both good infrastructure and the fact that they are prepared to handle all types of cargo. The availability of communication in the province of Pomorskie is steadily improving. Modernization of the railway linking The Tricity with the capital of Poland – Warsaw is under construction, it will reduce the journey by almost a half. In addition, under construction is A1 motorway, which connects Pomorskie with the south of Poland and further leads to southern Europe.
Today, the Pomorskie Voivodeship has one commercial passenger airport – the Gdańsk Lech Wałęsa Airport. That civil facility holding all prerequisite licences can handle all types of commercial passenger and cargo traffic, as well as general aviation flights, business flights included. Thanks to its location, the Gdańsk airport can serve a major part of the voivodeship population as well as business centres outside the region. Situated 16 km from Gdańsk city centre offers direct services to Warsaw, Hamburg, Frankfurt, Copenhagen and Munich. Low-cost airlines are very popular with connections from Gdańsk to Dortmund, Cologne / Bonn, Lubeck, Frankfurt, London, Dublin, Edinburgh, Oslo, Liverpool and Stockholm.
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