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Krakow – the capital of Małopolska, is currently inhabited by ca. 760 thousand permanent residents. The social profile of the city is strongly influenced by nearly 200 thousand students who chose to study in the capital of Małopolska. Krakow is the administrative centre of the Małopolska Region, as well as a trans-regional scientific, economic and cultural centre – a real magnet not only for entrepreneurs, scientists, artists and people of cultural distinction, but also tourists.
Krakow is the seat of international financial, advisory and educational institutions. Organisations for the support of business activity, such as the Małopolska Regional Development Agency, the British Polish Chamber of Commerce, the American Chamber of Commerce, Nordichouse, the Krakow Merchant Congregation or the Chamber of Industry and Commerce offer their help here.
The economic significance of Krakow is strengthened by the demographic capacities of the region – there are ca. 9 million people living within 100 km radius from the city. This ensures a strong potential market. Another advantage consists in the fact that 66 percent of the population is at working age.
The second largest airport in Poland, modern and continuously developed John Paul II International Airport in Krakow-Balice, which offers direct domestic and international connections with numerous cities in Europe and other continents, supports the opening of Krakow to the world.
An extensive railway network enables quick and comfortable travel by train – it is possible to reach Warsaw in 2.5 hours and Gdańsk in 5,5 hours. In only a few hours travellers can reach Vienna, Prague, Bratislava, Berlin or Budapest.
Krakow is a dynamic research and development centre. The number of universities, students and the variety of study programmes are an important indicator of its scientific capacity. There are 23 institutions of higher education in Krakow, including the Jagiellonian University – the oldest university in Poland (established in 1364), from which more than 50 thousand students graduate each year. That is one of the reasons why such IT companies as ComArch, ABB, Ericpol, Luxoft, HSBC, Grupa Onet or Grupa Interia operate in Krakow.
The city has taken the first place in Poland as a centre of companies within the modern business services sector (BPO/SSC). Over 70 companies have opened their offices in the city (including Capgemini, Shell, IBM, Motorola, State Street, UBS), and created over 35 thousand new jobs. The city's offer was acknowledged by the Tholons ranking "Top 100 Outsourcing Destinations Report 2016", where Krakow was mentioned among the 10 most attractive cities in the world as regards outsourcing investments.

The unemployment rate in Krakow is one of the lowest in Poland. At the end of 01.2016 amounted for Krakow 4.6%, for the Malopolska 8.8%, while for the whole country 10.3%.

Measures aimed at networking present in the city include clusters. Some examples of these are:
•    “Strefa Dizajnu”
•    “Life Science”
•    “European Game Centre”
•    “Małopolska Information Technologies Cluster”
The magic of the city is created by its unique architecture, art and culture (over 25 percent of Polish works of art are gathered in Krakow). Owing to this heritage, in 2000 the city was honoured with the title of the European Capital of Culture, and since 2013 also of the European City of Literature. Today, Krakow – the former capital of Poland – is one of the most important cultural and tourist centres in the country, the seat of numerous cultural institutions, theatres, cinemas, museums, philharmonics, clubs and galleries.
Each year, over 40 festivals are organised in Krakow, such as the Jewish Culture Festival, the International Print Triennal, the Sacrum Profanum Festival, Sound and Screen Fest. or the International Short Film Festival. Each year, over 2.5 thousand performances and concerts take place here.
It is in this city that memorabilia of great Poles can be found: from Copernicus and John Sobieski to the winners of Nobel Prize in Literature – Wisława Szymborska or Czesław Miłosz, outstanding people of the theatre, such as Tadeusz Kantor or Sławomir Mrożek, and painters, such as Jan Matejko, Jacek Malczewski or Jerzy Nowosielski.
It is also here that we can familiarise ourselves with the life of the greatest Pole of the turn of the 20th and 21st century – blessed John Paul II – Karol Wojtyła.


Source: www.krakow.pl , www.stat.gov.pl
Update: 16|03|2016