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Some basic information

Poznan, the capital of Wielkopolska is located in the central-western Poland on the river Warta. The beginnings of Poznan go back to the 9th century. Presently, 580.000 people inhabit it.

Poznan is the third, after Warsaw and Cracow, academic centre as far as the number of students is concerned. There are 17 public institutions of higher education including Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan University of Technology, Poznan University of Economics, Poznan University of Medicine, Poznan University of Agriculture, Poznan Academy of Music, Poznan University of Physical Education, Poznan Military Academy, and many private Colleges e.g. College of Management and Banking, College of Banking, College of Hotel and Catering which offer different daily, evening and weekend courses to over 150,000 students.

Poznan is a large tourist centre. The city has 7,000 beds in 16 hotels, 2 motels, 3 youth hostels, and on 2 camping sites. Every year many tourists from Poland and abroad come and visit 21 museums, exhibition halls and private art galleries. After long and exhausted sightseeing tours, tourist can relax visiting the Opera House, listening to Agnieszka Duczmal Chamber Orchestra or one of Poznan choirs e.g. Poznan Nightingales or Poznan Boy's Choir.

Poznan is a large industrial centre where leading Polish and foreign manufactures and companies are located, e.g. Beiersdorf-Lechia, Centra, Glaxo Wellcome Poznan, H. Cegielski Company, Lech Wielkopolska's Breweries, Volkswagen Poznan. The most dynamically developing branches are electronics, machine production and food processing. Poznan is also a very big bank centre where 61 banks and 153 insurance companies have their representatives and branches. Poznan International Fair established in 1921 has been an important and significant element of the economy of the city. Every year Poznan International Trade Fair is held in June. Many companies exhibit their goods, which are shown to customers and visitors.

Poznan is called a "green city": there are 4 lakes in the city used for water sports and recreation.

There are 7 stadiums, 11 indoor and open-air swimming pools, a horse racecourse, two motor-cycle and car racetracks, two archery -tracks, the Malta-Ski Artificial Slope open all year round, a concert-and-sports-hall, and other sport facilities.

History in brief

9 century Princely stronghold situated on the present site of Poznan
968 Establishment of the first bishopric in Poland
1295 Coronation of Przemyslaw II as King of Poland
1518 Establishment of Lubranski Academy
1551 A clock with goats made by Bartlomiej Wolf of Gubin is installed on the Town Hall tower. Goats are the symbols of Poznan.
1829 Opening of the Raczynski Library
1866 Installation of a modern water supply system
1871 Opening of a Zoo
1896 Installation of electric street lightning
1910 Opening of the Poznan Opera House
1913 Establishment of an airport Ławica
1918-19 Wielkopolska Uprising
1919 Establishment of Poznan University
1921 Poznan Trade Fair (since 1925 the Poznan International Trade Fair)
1925 Opening of the Botanical Gardens
1926 Establishment of the Higher School of Commerce-today: University of Economics
1939 The beginning of the World War II
1945 The end of the World War II
1956 First protests against the communist rule by Polish workers
1983 First visit of Pope John Paul II
1991 Restoration Congress of the Union of Polish Cities
1997 Second visit of Pope John Paul II
1998 World Cup in Canoeing on lake Malta
2012 The 2012 UEFA European Football Championship