Katowice is a city in southern Poland and the administrative seat of the Silesian Metropolis, with a population of 301,834 people in 2014.
Katowice is the major city in the Upper Silesian Industrial Region and a hub of science, culture, industry, commerce, trade, and transportation in Upper Silesia and southern Poland. Katowice is located in an urban zone, with a population of 2,746,460 according to Eurostat, and is also part of the larger Silesian metropolitan region, which has a population of 5,294,000 according to the European Spatial Planning Observation Network. Katowice is becoming a burgeoning metropolis. The metropolitan region as a whole is the 16th most economically powerful city in the European Union by GDP, with a total production of $114.5 billion.
Since its inception in 1999, Katowice has served as the capital of the Silesian Voivodeship. It was once the capital of the Katowice Voivodeship, Poland’s independent Silesian Voivodeship, and Germany’s Province of Upper Silesia.
Katowice – Info Card
|POPULATION :||• City 294,889|
• Metro 2,710,397
|FOUNDED :||Established 16th century – 1598 first official information|
City rights 1865
|TIME ZONE :|| • Time zone CET (UTC+1)|
• Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
|AREA :||• City 164.67 km2 (63.58 sq mi)|
• Metro 5,400 km2 (2,100 sq mi)
|ELEVATION :||Highest elevation 352 m (1,155 ft)|
Lowest elevation 266 m (873 ft)
|COORDINATES :||50°15′N 19°0′E|
|SEX RATIO :||• Male: 48.3%|
• Female: 51.7%
|ETHNIC :||Polish 96.7%, German 0.4%, Belarusian 0.1%, Ukrainian 0.1%, other and unspecified 2.7%|
|AREA CODE :||32|
|POSTAL CODE :||40-001 to 40-999|
|DIALING CODE :||+48 32|
Tourism in Katowice
Located in Upper Silesia, Katowice is Poland’s industrial capital and the biggest city in the region. The city’s 320,000 residents are served by theaters, the Silesian Museum, and Philharmonic Orchestras, as well as the famed Spodekconcert hall, which attracts more than 2.1 million people from the neighboring cities of the Upper-Silesian Metropolitan Union.
Katowice, located in the centre of Silesia on the banks of the Rawa River, is a popular tourist destination because of its blend of contemporary and old architecture, as well as its proximity to the Beskids and other Silesian towns.
Climate of Katowice
It has a temperate-continental climate. The average temperature is 8.2 degrees Celsius (1.5 degrees Celsius (29 degrees Fahrenheit) in January and up to 18 degrees Celsius (64 degrees Fahrenheit) in July). The average annual rainfall is 608.5 mm (23.96 in). The Moravian Gate is characterized by light winds that blow at roughly 2 m/s from the west.
Geography of Katowice
Katowice is a city in Upper Silesia, Poland, on the rivers Kodnica and Rawa (tributaries of the Oder and the Vistula respectively). It is located in the Silesian Highlands, about 50 kilometers (31 miles) north of the Silesian Beskids (part of the Carpathian Mountains) and approximately 100 kilometers (62 miles) southeast of the Sudetes Mountains. Katowice is located in the Katowice Highlands, which are part of the Silesian Highlands, in the eastern section of Upper Silesia, and in the center of the Upper Silesian Coal Basin. Katowice is a city in the Silesian Voivodeship in Poland’s south-west. It is the center region of the Silesian Metropolis, a two-million-person metropolis. It is bounded by Chorzów, Siemianowice lskie, Sosnowiec, Mysowice, Ldziny, Tychy, Mikoów, Ruda lska, and Czelad. It is located between the rivers Vistula and Oder. Several rivers run through the city, the most important of which are the Kodnica and Rawa. Six capital cities are within 600 kilometers (370 miles) of Katowice: Berlin, Vienna, Prague, Bratislava, Budapest, and Warsaw.
Economy of Katowice
Katowice is a significant coal and steel hub. It has many coal mines (Wujek Coal Mine, Mysowice-Wesoa Coal Mine, Wieczorek Coal Mine, Murcki Coal Mine, Staszic Coal Mine) organized into unions—Katowice Coal Holding Company (pl: Katowicki Holding Wglowy), two steelworks (Huta Baildon, Huta Ferrum), and one nonferrous metals foundry (Huta
Katowice is a major commercial and trade fair hub. Tens of international trade fairs are held each year at Katowice International Fair and Spodek. Katowice is Poland’s second biggest business center (after Warsaw Business Centre). Skyscrapers line Chorzowska, Korfantego, and Rodzieskiego streets in the city center. The Chorzowska 50, Altus Skyscraper, and Silesia Towers are the most recent (A-class) office structures (under construction).
Katowice is the headquarters of the Katowice Special Economic Zone (Katowicka Specjalna Strefa Ekonomiczna).
At 2%, Poland has one of the lowest jobless rates in the country (2008). The city retains its working-class identity and draws many individuals seeking employment from other cities (other districts USMU).
The average monthly wage in Poland is around 4222,52 z (approximately $1,220), with Warsaw accounting for approximately 4135,93 z (approximately $1,200).
Internet, Communication in Katowice
When dialing from inside Poland, the area code for Katowice is 32, while when dialing from outside Poland, it is +4832.
There aren’t many locations where you can get web and other Internet connections.