Lodz region description
Łódź is the third-largest city in Poland. Located in the central part of the country, it has a population of 742,387 (December 2009). It is the capital of Łódź Voivodeship, and is approximately 135 kilometres south-west of Warsaw. The GDP per capita in Lodz was 123,9% of Poland's average (2008).
The city benefits from its central location in Poland. A number of firms have located their logistics centres in the vicinity. Two planned motorways, A1 spanning from the north to the south of Poland, and A2 going from the east to the west will intersect northeast of the city.
Until recently it has been one of the largest light industry centres in Europe, and today constitutes
a centre for modern branches of industry, including IT, household goods manufacturing and the business services sector headed by BPO. The basis for development of the 21st century city is a long-term strategy developed by the McKinsey's consultants.
The city's advantages have already been appreciated by: Dell, General Electric, Bosch-Siemens, AIG, Hutchinson, Coca Cola, Gillette, Indesit, Philips, Amcor, ABB. Foreign investment was one of the factors which decreased the unemployment rate in Łódź to 6.5 percent in December 2008, from 20 percent four years earlier.
In Łódź high educational and scientific potential is concentrated. There are 23 schools which have the status of universities, 30 R&D institutes and centers. Over 127 000 students are studying at the university level. Every year there are over 24 000 universities graduates.