Poznań, the capital of Wielkopolska is located in the central-western Poland on the river Warta. The beginnings of Poznań go back to the 9th century. It is among the most investment-attractive Polish cities, with the lowest investment risk. Poznań is situated on the most important European transit route, which connects Moscow and Warsaw with Berlin, London and Paris, and the city nicely uses the opportunities provided by geography and history. Poznań is developing dynamically and the unemployment rate in the city is one of the lowest in the country. It is a lively metropolis.

Presently, 550.000 people inhabit it. Poznań is the third, after Warsaw and Cracow, academic centre as far as the number of students is concerned. There are 8 public institutions of higher education including Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan University of Technology, Poznan University of Economics, Poznan University of Medicine, Poznan University of Agriculture, Poznan Academy of Music, Poznan University of Physical Education, and many private Colleges e.g. College of Management and Banking, College of Banking, College of Hotel and Catering which offer different daily, evening and weekend courses to over 130.000 students.

Poznań is a large tourist centre. Every year many tourists from Poland and abroad come and visit 21 museums, exhibition halls and private art galleries. After long and exhausted sightseeing tours, tourist can relax visiting the Opera House, listening to Chamber Orchestra or one of Poznan choirs e.g. Poznan Nightingales or Poznan Boy's Choir.

Poznań is a large industrial centre where leading Polish and foreign manufactures and companies are located, e.g. Beiersdorf-Lechia, Centra, GlaxoSmithKline Poznan, H. Cegielski Company, Lech Wielkopolska's Breweries, Volkswagen Poznan. The most dynamically developing branches are electronics, machine production and food processing. Poznań is also a very big bank centre where 61 banks and 153 insurance companies have their representatives and branches. Poznan International Fair established in 1921 has been an important and significant element of the economy of the city. Every year Poznan International Trade Fair is held in June. Many companies exhibit their goods, which are shown to customers and visitors.

Poznań is called a "green city": there are 4 lakes in the city used for water sports and recreation. There are 7 stadiums, 11 indoor and open-air swimming pools, a horse racecourse, two motor-cycle and car racetracks, two archery -tracks, the Malta-Ski Artificial Slope open all year round, a concert-and-sports-hall, and other sport facilities.

More about Poznań: www.poznan.pl