The Wielkopolska Province is one of the largest regions in Poland. In the terms of area (29,826 sq. km) it is the second largest in the country, and the third most densely populated (3,355 thousand). Its area is comparable to an average sized European state (for example, Belgium), or a European region (for example, Brandenburg in Germany). Its population is bigger than that of Latvia and is not much smaller than the population of Ireland or Lithuania.
Almost 58% of the Province's inhabitants live in cities and towns. Poznań, including its suburbs has a population of almost 700 thousand. The second largest urban area of Kalisz and Ostrów is located in the southern part of the region and has a population of nearly 200 thousand. Other major cities of the region include the following:
Kalisz /160,7 thousand/, Konin /83,4 thousand/, Piła /76,6 thousand/, Ostrów Wielkopolski /74,8 thousand/, Gniezno /71,2 thousand/, Leszno /62,2 thousand/. This cities are very important centers of the social and economic life.
The Wielkopolska Province is conveniently situated at the junction of major European communication routes. It is at the crossroads of a major route from Berlin through Poznań, to Konin and Warsaw and on to Moscow, and from Prague through Leszno and Poznań to the Baltic Sea. Poznań Ławica airport operates both domestic and international flights. There are regular connections to London, Brussels in Belgium, Vienna in Austria, Cologne, Munich, Frankfurt/Main in Germany and Copenhagen in Denmark.
Miscellaneous industry, agriculture, well developed services and a big infrastructure create a good conditions for further GrteatPoland's expansion.
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