Discover Wielkopolska Region
“The Birthplace of Poland”. 1050 years ago, the baptism of Mieszko I, the duke of the Polans, ushered in a new, Christian era in the territories located in the Oder, Warta, Vistula and Bug river basins, paving the way for the establishment of a strong, modern state.
Despite the immense progress made in the field of archaeology, one cannot be certain whether the act of baptism itself took place in Poznań, Gniezno or on the Ostrów Lednicki island; that it had a fundamental significance for the history of our nation, however, is beyond dispute.
The Christianisation of these territories under the rule of the Piast dynasty was a gradual process which brought about civilisational progress, opening these territories to the influences of Christian Europe and resulting in the introduction of the Latin language, stone architecture and new farming and livestock breeding methods, which increased the overall quality of life of the local residents.
The history of Wielkopolska and the fact that it was here that Polish statehood was born remain the source of our pride and the foundation of our collective identity.
While building a modern and competitive region, we always remember about our roots and our illustrious past.
Here, in Wielkopolska, tradition meets modernity. Our region abounds with attractive locations and fascinating stories – including those which serve to commemorate the rise of our country, those dedicated to the preservation of the idea of “organic work” and those which represent the achievements of the present, brought about by hard work and efficient management which remain the hallmarks of the Wielkopolska Region.
Wielkopolska remains one of the largest and most dynamically developing regions of Poland, its size being comparable to that of Belgium, its population greater than that of some EU Member States. Apart from Poznań, the capital of the region, other important socio-economic centres include: Kalisz, Konin, Piła, Ostrów Wielkopolski, Gniezno and Leszno.
The location of the region remains one of its main advantages. It is here that important communication routes cross, which, combined with the constantly developing infrastructure, a burgeoning services sector and state-of-the-art agriculture, makes Wielkopolska an attractive destination for potential investors.
However, Wielkopolska is more than just the economy. Science and culture remain equally significant growth drivers. The rich material cultural heritage remains one of the key features of the region, the traces of the past still evident both in large cities and in villages.
For the residents of the Wielkopolska region, tradition and cultural identity remain just as important as investments.
The comprehensive programme offered by the regional higher educational institutions attracts students from other regions and other countries alike, allowing the city of Poznań to continue to strengthen its position as a significant academic centre. The tourist attractions of the region are another of its many valuable assets. The region’s diversity allows every tourist to explore it a manner which he or she likes best. The scenery, formed by moraine hills and rivers interspersed with picturesque lakes and lush forests will inspire awe among both those leading an active lifestyle and those in search for peace and quiet.
This is why we invite you to visit Wielkopolska. Not just on the 1050th anniversary of the Baptism of Poland, but anytime - you are always welcome!
Surface area: 29 826.5 km² (1.I.2016)*
Number of residents: 3473.9 thousand (30.V.2016)*
Unemployment rate: 6.5 % (I.2016)*
* source: http://poznan.stat.gov.pl/