Szczecin holds the position of the administrative and economic centre of the Westpomeranian Voivodeship, being also the capital of the Pomerania Euroregion and a hub of political, social and cultural cooperation for local authorities from Poland, Germany and the Scandinavian countries.Along with its exceptional location, Szczecin is characterised by extraordinary natural conditions, a large selection of investment-attractive locations, and the huge potential of well-trained and professionally-qualified staff. This all makes Szczecin both a resident-friendly place and a dynamically-growing metropolis.
|Population of the Szczecin Metropolitan Area||677 000|
|Population of Westpomeranian Voivodeship||1 720 000|
|Number of students||48 300|
|Unemployment rate||10,4 %|
|Number of employed||92 400|
|Average monthly wage – gross||3 950 zł|
|Number of business entities per 10,000 residents||1 620|
|Foreign capital In enterprises||898 mln zł|
|Capital spending of enterprises||1,2 mld zł|
Source: Statistical Office in Szczecin, as of 10.12.2013.
Szczecin is the wealthiest and the most industrialised sub-region of the Westpomeranian Voivodeship. Thanks to its economic and demographic situation Szczecin has a lot of potential in regard to attracting new investments.
The City’s investment attractiveness can be confirmed by:
- The rating by the Fitch Ratings Agency, which, in July 2012, ranked Szczecin at the BBB+ level, recognising its stable financial policies and high standards of municipal financial management.
- The functioning of the Szczecin Sub Zone within the Euro Park Mielec Special Economic Zone, which provides investors with an all round management of investment projects, public assistance in the form of exemptions from income tax and reduced costs of business activities.
- The City’s support and public assistance include exemptions from real property tax, loan guarantees and loans for entrepreneurs, support for technological progress and innovations, instruments supporting entrepreneurial activities, offered by the District Employment Office in Szczecin.
- The “one stop shop” – an efficient investor-assistance system operating at the Investor and Business Assistance Office.
- A young and well-educated society – 80% of residents are people of working and pre-working age, and the academic potential comprises 52 thousand students and 15 thousand graduates.
- A very good knowledge of foreign languages among the residents of Szczecin – over 95% of students declare that they speak English, and 73% German.
- Entrepreneurship in Szczecin – containing one of Poland’s largest numbers of registered enterprises – 1 600 enterprises per 10 000 residents.
- An exceptional location – the location of Szczecin ensures excellent connections and access to the sales-and-supply markets countrywide, Europe-wide and worldwide. The seaport constitutes the principal asset of the City.
- High office-market potential – over 110 000 m2 of rentable area and around 80 000 m2 of modern office space.
- Undertaking and supporting business development initiatives: “Busole Biznesu” (“Business Compasses”) Economic Awards of the President of Szczecin, implementing the project entitled “Academic Szczecin”.
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