Pomorze Zachodnie Region (Westpomeranian Region) is marked with the presence of the Old Europe. The spirit of Europe can be easily seen also in the characters of the inhabitants of the region - statistically young, dynamic, looking at the world without complex and prejudice.
Pomorze Zachodnie is a very well developed region with significant intellectual and economic potential. Its main advantage is the location – in the centre of Europe, at the crossroads of two major transport routes. The first one leads from north to south - from Scandinavia through the Baltic Sea, by the only one of this kind in the country, ferry and railway link, to the Czech Republic and to the South of Europe. The second route goes along the Baltic Sea shore, from Szczecin through
Koszalin to Gdansk and further, up to the north and east of the continent. The region is situated very close to Europe and the rest of the world. The province is attractive not only due to the beauty of its land – clean waters, seashore resorts, unique parks and nature reserves, but because of the favourable conditions for economic development as well.
The Westpomeranian Region is one of the 16 provinces established due to the administrative reform of Poland introduced on January 1st 1999. Located in the north-western part of Poland, the region borders on the west with Germany, on the east with Pomeranian Region, on the south with Wielkopolskie and Lubuskie Regions. The Baltic Sea constitutes its northern border with Denmark,
and Sweden. The province is the fifth largest region in Poland with the area of 22.9 thousand sq. km. The population amounts to 1.731,8 thousand inhabitants, among which 70% live in cities.
The capital of the region is Szczecin – an administrative, economic and cultural centre of the province. About 420 thousand people live in the city on the area of 301 sq. km. The city has long and interesting history, and numerous monuments. At the same time it is a very important transport hub with its own port and airport. It is also one of the main exhibition and fair centre in Poland.
Due to its location, climate, landscapes and variety of the cultural offer, Western Pomerania is one of the most attractive regions in Poland. Its transport and technical infrastructure is one of the best developed in the country.
A beneficial geographical location and proximity to the old European Union
are the advantages, which help foster international relations. The regional co-operation of the province is based on Euroregion Pomerania, which constitutes of regions from Poland, Germany and Sweden.
Investors emphasise that the major advantage of the West Pomerania is the geographic location of the region, proximity to the German border and to the Berlin agglomeration.
A very important element of military co-operation between Poland, Denmark, Germany was a decision to make Multinational Corps Northeast with headquarters located in Szczecin. The official opening of the Corps took place on September 18th 1999.
The Westpomeranian Region fulfils an important role in a cultural life of the country.
Two major cities of the province, Szczecin and Koszalin are the regional centres where, in numerous theatres, museums, galleries and philharmonics, many events take place.
The Westpomeranian Region is one of the most beautiful, attractive and ecological regions in Poland. It is ecologically clean. About 6% of the area of the province is covered by waters of Sł,owiń,skie, Drawskie, Myś,liborskie, Wał,eckie and Iń,skie lakesides. The largest water reservoirs in the province are Szczecin Lagoon and Bukowo, Dą,bie, Drawsko, Iń,sko, Jamno, Kopań,, Lubie, Miedwie lakes. 185 km of sandy beach constitutes the northern border of the province. Visitors of the
region can enjoy sea baths in the seashore resorts: Ś,winoujś,cie, Mię,dzyzdroje, Koł,obrzeg.
Large water reservoirs provide excellent conditions for the amateurs of sailing, windsurfing, canoeing, diving and fishing. In order to maintain and protect the nature of the region, various solutions, such as introducing national parks and nature reserves, were brought in. There are two national parks located in Western Pomerania: Woliń,ski and Drawień,ski National Parks, five landscape parks:
Barlinecko-Gorzowski, Cedyń,ski, Lower Odra Valley, Drawski, Iń,ski, and 81 nature reserves.
The forests cover at least 1/3 of the Westpomeranian Region’s area.
Western Pomerania is the region, which provides great conditions to relax and rest
for all those who look for unforgettable impressions. There are thousands of beds waiting for tourists who are interested in high standard accommodation level, as well as for those who do not want to spend a lot of money. In the middle of tourist season, the region offers over 150 thousand beds, which gives almost 19% of the total number of accommodation places in the country.
The Westpomeranian Region is also famous for the golf courses in Koł,czewo, Binowo and Ł,ukę,cin.
The tourist offer has been enriched with several hundred agrotourism farms, which offer very good conditions and various attractions.
The Westpomeranian Region is not only tourism, nature and relax but also strong industry, maritime economy and agriculture. Due to a beneficial agrarian structure, the conditions for the development of agriculture in the region are above the national average. Agricultural land constitutes 48,7% of the region’s area. An average area of individual farms is the highest in the country and amounts to about 18 ha.
Western Pomerania is, without a shadow of a doubt, one of the most attractive provinces, worth visiting, investing and even staying longer. There are many unique and magical places here, which are unforgettable both for visitors and inhabitants. Among them there are places that can be discovered again, in a new way.