The Lubuskie Region lies in the western part of Poland and borders with Germany. It extends from the Polish/German border to the east from the Oder and Nysa Luzycka rivers. Lubuskie's two main cities, Gorzow Wielkopolski and Zielona Gora, are within a couple hours drive from Berlin. Warsaw, the capital of Poland, is 460 km. away. The region is situated in the very centre of Europe, between Berlin, Wrocław, Szczecin, Poznań and Prague. Its
position has, for many years, favoured the shaping of a multitude of contacts with the people of other regions and countries.
The voivodeship of Lubuskie covers an area of 13,984 sq. km. (five times bigger than Luxemburg!), and has just over 1 million inhabitants. The administrative structure of the region consist of 14 poviats and 83 communes. The capitals of the region are Gorzow Wielkopolski (seat of the Voivode) and Zielona Gora (seat of the Chief Executive and the Regional Assembly).
Lubuskie, very picturesque, thick wooded areas, with many rivers and lakes offers many attractions (as for example tour in the Miedzyrzecz underground fortifications or bird watching in National Park “Mouth of Warta River”). The province is one out of five regions of Poland of the lowest environment pollution. Lubuskie was very lucky during the chaos of wars and history because now it is possible to admire there numerous beautiful historical monuments;
first of all defence and sacral architecture: castles, churches, convents, forts and lapidaries. Many palaces and manor houses are hidden in small towns or villages.
Several major transit axes run through the voivodeship. The second of the Pan-European Transport Corridors, the A-2, runs from west to east (Berlin – Warsaw), and a north-south route runs from Scandinavia, via Szczecin, Gorzów and Zielona Góra, to Prague, with a branch leading off to Wrocław. The third Pan-European Transport Corridor, from Dresden and Berlin via Olszyna, to Ukraine, runs through the southern part of the voivodeship.
Zielona Góra have also passanger airport in Babimost. Owing to its advantageous geographical location, future plans include its development as a European cargo airport.
Lubuskie supports endeavours aimed at raising educational levels among the region's inhabitants. In the educational system of the region it is worth to mention the following major higher education institutions: The Univeristy of Zielona Góra, Gorzów Higher Vocational School, The State Higher Vocational School in Sulechów, Gorzów Higher School of Business and The Western Higher School of Commerce and International Finance
in Zielona Góra.
The region has been quick to transform itself and engage in the rapid development of its infrastructure and industry. Over 80% of the people in employment work for SMEs and enterprises within the sector are responsible for more than 60% of sales income. Most important branches of industry in the region are: wood and furniture, chemicals, advanced technologies, automotive, food processing, electronics and metal industry.
Lubuskie currently cooperates with 12 regions in the world (located in Germany, France, Ukraine, Italy, Russia, Belarus, Moldova, Slovakia and China). Lubuskie plays a major role in Pro Europa Viadrina and the Sprewa-Nysa-Bobr Euroregions.
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First settlements in the areas of the present Lubuskie Voivodship date back to the times of the Piast dynasty. The capitals of the region are Gorzów Wielkopolski and Zielona Góra. Gorzów Wielkopolski is situated on 7 hills. It is called “the city of parks” as parks cover nearly 30% of the agglomeration area. The centre of the city is the Old Market Square, with the 13th century Gothic Cathedral and the Pauksch Fountain as its main highlights. Other relics of the past which have survived until the present day are fragments of the ramparts from the 14th century, “the witch well”, and a 250-year old granary on the Warta River which now houses a gallery of modern art.
The history of Zielona Góra is linked with weaving and grape growing. The name of the city (“Green Mountain” in English) reflects perfectly the character of the city as virtually all housing estates are surrounded by forest areas. The city has 5 municipal parks and many individual tree specimens within its limits. There are also many forests and hills around Zielona Góra. The main monuments of Zielona Góra are the Old Market Square, the Hunger Tower and ramparts.
Detailed information about Lubuskie can be found on regional portal of the voivodeship.