The Malopolska Region

The Malopolska Region

The Malopolska Region is a scenic and historical region located in the southern part of Poland, within the Malopolska Highlands and the Western Carpathians. Its capital city is Krakow, the former capital of Poland, the medieval seat of kings, a city of artists, students, the avant-garde and innovation. In the north, the region borders with the Świętokrzyskie Voivodeship, with the Subcarpathian Voivodeship in the east and with Silesia, in the west. The region is divided into 19 administrative districts, 3 settlement districts and 182 municipalities, it covers an area of more than 15 thousand km2, representing 5% of the country.

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The Malopolska Region – a region of diversity, rich in culture

The Malopolska Region is located on the Malopolska Upland and, partially, in the Western Carpathians. Its topography is unusual and the natural areas are varied, with numerous curiosities of nature. Its image is created by the bands of the Carpathians with the soaring peaks of the Tatra Mountains, the Vistula plains with the wild areas of the Niepołomice Forest, Jurassic Cretaceous rocks concealing ruins of medieval castles and even a desert in the western part.

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The coat of arms of the Malopolska Region

The first, historical coat of arms of the Cracow Region dates back to the period of the reign of King Casimir the Great in the fourteenth century. According to documentation written later, the coat of arms was identical to the coat of arms of the king and the Kingdom of Poland and displayed a crowned white eagle from the very beginning.

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Tourist services

The Marshal of the Malopolska Region, under the Act of 29 August 1997 on Tourist Services (Journal of Laws 2014, item 196, as amended) performs the following duties:

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The Cooperation between the Malopolska Region and its foreign partners

Regarding Poland’s membership of the European Union, the main purpose of the international cooperation of the Malopolska Region is to adapt the level of economic development of the region to the operating conditions in the European Union and the search for partners that can effectively assist Malopolska in achieving that. Therefore the primary element of foreign policy is cooperation with the regions of the Member States of the EU, which is intended to expand and deepen knowledge, as well as the acquisition of new skills in the programming area and the absorption of EU funds and financial assembly funds for investment and other projects carried out by the Malopolska Region.

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The regional board

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What is the Council?

Within the exclusive jurisdiction of the Council it is included...

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Organization of the Marshal's Office

The Marshal's Office, as an auxiliary unit of the Board of the region, is an efficient and effective regional office of public administration, pursuing, in cooperation with its partners, the statutory and its own tasks aimed at the development of the Malopolska Region. The strategic goals set by the Marshal of the Malopolska Region are aimed at achieving the above-mentioned mission.

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Economic programs 

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Active start-up environment of the Małopolska Region

The Małopolska ecosystem of start-ups is relatively young but rapidly growing. Cracow ranks second in Poland as regards start-up location - 16% of the Polish start-ups come from Cracow (according to the "Polish start-ups - Report 2015" developed by the Start-up Poland Foundation).

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