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More about Katowice

The origins of Katowice are as recent as the 19th century, when under the Prussians, it developed as a consequence of rapidly growing mining and metallurgical industry.

Primarily inhabited by the Polish people, it became part of Poland only in 1921 after the Silesian Uprisings in 1918-21. Interestingly in a poll conducted in 1921, majority of its residents voted for the city, called Kattowitz in German, to remain a part of Germany. However that was not so and the city came under the Polish rule.

The opening up of the free markets has seen the traditional industries in the town collapse. While, this may have caused many hardships to the citizens who earned their livelihood form these factories, the silver lining is that they can now breathe cleaner air.

Today, Katowice is regarded as one of the youngest cities of the region. It has transformed itself as a centre for finance, modern manufacturing, services, science and cultural activities. Indeed, Katowice has already attracted substantial investments, from both foreign and domestic investors, especially in the area of transportation, banks, hypermarkets and infrastructure. It is a city with great economic potential.


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