The Warmińsko-Mazurskie Voivodeship is located in the north-eastern part of Poland in the immediate vicinity of the European Union’s eastern border with the Kaliningrad Oblast. Over 1.4 million people live in an area of more than 24 km2. The capital of the region is the City of Olsztyn.
In terms of tourism the voivodship belongs to one of the most attractive regions of Poland. Warmia and Mazury are called "Land of a Thousand Lakes". Our lakes were the only Polish candidate in the final of the global plebiscite for 7 new natural wonders, and ultimately as the only place from Europe there were among the 14 most beautiful places on Earth. The region is one of the leading Polish exporters of food and furniture, it is also famous for its dynamically developing shipbuilding industry (yacht production), ecological agriculture and production of energy from renewable sources. The advantage of Warmia and Mazury is also the structure of the population - over 62% of the region's inhabitants are people of working age. The leading scientific units of the region are: The University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn, The State University of Applied Sciences in Elbląg, The Police Academy in Szczytno and The Institute of Animal Reproduction and Food Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Olsztyn.
The Marshal's Office of the Warmińsko-Mazurskie Voivodeship is the institution responsible for the implementation of the voivodship self-government's tasks, including: stimulating economic activity; raising the level of competitiveness and innovation of the voivodship's economy; preserving the value of cultural and natural environment and maintaining spatial order. The tasks of the institution include strategic and operational planning and management of structural funds.
Key Topics & Areas of Interest
The area of special interest of the region's authorities is to support strategic areas of the economy, i.e. regional smart specializations, which include:
Water Economy: a specialization based on the largest surface water resources in Poland, around which tourism, as well as a number of other types of activities that have great innovation potential, have developed. Warmia and Mazury is known for the production of yachts and boats.
High-quality food: this specialization is based on the strong position of agriculture in the region. Around the food production region has developed a very strong scientific specialization, in which currently is achieving significant international successes and which is also a research and scientific base for companies and clusters.
Wood and furniture: a specialization strongly rooted in the region’s traditions, which has significant competence in supplying raw materials and semi-finished products, but most of all factories located here deliver final products.