Kraków is the second largest Polish city. It is not only the administrative centre of the Małopolskie voivodship (Lesser Poland), but also a supraregional academic and economic hub. The capital of Małopolska is one of the economically fastest growing regions of Poland, which is confirmed by European Cities & Regions of the Future 2010/11, Investment attractiveness of Polish regions 2010 (The Gdańsk Institute for Market Economics), Top 10 Emerging Outsourcing Cities List (Global Services, 2010) rankings.

The strong position of the academic hub and a high scientific level of the city universities (Jagiellonian University in Cracow, Cracow University of Technology, and University of Science and Technology) strengthen the city’s high position in respect of the number and quality of Research and Development institutions. Within the framework of the Małopolska Regional Operational Programme for 2007-2013, an amount of € 177.7 million was allocated for commercialisation of scientific research.

Kraków boasts a great number of highly qualified staff for all modern sectors of economy, and it attracts investors of various branches.

Kraków is also one of the most attractive tourist destinations in Europe.

Main industrial branches: processing, automotive, commerce and services, science and research.


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