SILESIA REGION

Capital: Katowice
Area: 12 334 km²
Population: 4 635 000
Administrative division: 36 districts (17 rural and 19 municipal districts), 167 communes (49 cities, 22 urban-rural and 96 rural communes), 71 communities have municipal rights.

This nearly five-million metropolis constitutes the investment power of Poland. It is Silesia. With the progress of digitalisation of the region, growing industries are able to catch up with the global trends. The rapidly expanding industry is backed by young and qualified people, often graduates from one of over 40 Silesian universities. On top of business, the region is also famous for its rich cultural and touristic life.

Silesia is the vice-leader in the terms of the GDP (13%) and export (16%) share. The region manufacturing and investment potential is mainly based on industry and composed of: automotive, electromechanical, IT, metallurgy and food sectors, as well as traditional coal mining and energetics.  The specialized human resources in these sectors is fuelled with graduates from Silesian universities. According to studies, engineering and computer science graduates constitute the majority of them.

Furthermore, Silesian medical sector is extremely well developed. Cardiac surgery, oncology and burn treatment with rehabilitations centres are well-established on the international level, which makes Silesian medical centres among the most attractive in Poland and in Europe.

Silesia is full of positive energy, drawn from its cultural and landscape diversity. The most interesting spots of the region are: Polish Jurassic Highland, mountain ranges of Silesia and Żywiec Beskids, The Industrial Monuments Route and Jasna Góra monastery, with the Black Madonna canvas of Częstochowa.