Warsaw

Facts and figures about Warsaw

Warsaw is the capital and the largest city of Poland. It is located on the Vistula River roughly 260 kilometres (160 mi) from the Baltic Sea and 300 kilometres (190 mi) from the Carpathian Mountains.

It is a cultural, political, economic and educational centre of the European scale. Parliament, the President of Poland, the Council of Ministers and other central authorities are located in Warsaw.

Warsaw has everything that a modern European capital has to offer. Dynamic and stable business environment, historic and modern meeting facilities, vibrant cultural life and green space covering a quarter of the city.

Warsaw is a city of many faces: a contrasting blend of past and present with the architectural landscape composed of historical and socrealist buildings neighbouring post-modern skyscrapers. The past is magnificently repressented by the post-war reconstruction of the Old Town which has been completely destroyed in WWII. The Palace of Culture and Science, a long-standing symbol of communism, is an epitome of soc-realism style. Post-modern architectural landscape was shaped by such designers as Abraham Epstein, Norman Foster or Daniel Libeskind.

Historically at the crossroads between the Western and Eastern Europe, Warsaw grew to become a platform for new dialogue that inspired changes and promoted better understanding between different cultures. This openness is what distinguishes Warsaw and creates City’s unique yet modern European style supported by high standard of services.

Being a seat to many important scholarly institutions such as The Warsaw School of Economics, The Warsaw University or The Centre of Adam Smith, Warsaw offers an excellent capacity to influence the young generation of future business leaders. Furthermore, new business initiatives and investments together with a growing number of international fairs, conferences and meetings held each year confirms Warsaw’s claim as a business hub of Central and Eastern Europe as well as an interesting spot on the map of the global meetings industry.

Be inspired by Warsaw citizens’ commitment to rebuilt their city after WWII destructions. The reconstruction effort, unprecedented on a European scale, gained the appreciation of UNESCO that in 1980 included it on the World Cultural and Natural Heritage List.

Warsaw is a perfect embodiment of changes that have taken place in Poland in the past 20 years. The huge business and population growth is constantly reshaping the city skyline. Add to that the vibrant night life with a musical scene responding to all tastes - from swanky clubs and pubs to more alternative places and you get a new fascinating destination to explore.

Area of the city: 516.9 km2

Population: 1,716,855 (June, 2010)

Warsaw is the 9th largest city in the European Union by population.

Time zone

Warsaw lies within the central European time zone (GMT +1) with summer time from march to the end of october.

Climate

Warsaw’s climate is humid continental (Koppen Dfb) with relatively cold winters and mild summers. The average temperature is –3 °C (27 °F) in January and 19.3 °C (66.7 °F) in July. Temperatures may often reach 30 °C in the summer and – 20 °C in winter. Spring and Autumn are usually beautiful seasons, the former crisp and sunny and full of blooms and the latter alternately sunny and misty, and cool but not cold.

For more details on the up-to-date weatherforecast, please check the following websites

* www.warsawtour.pl

* www.new.meteo.pl

* www.news.bbc.co.uk/weather

Currency

The currency in Poland is the Polish złoty (PLN); 1 PLN = 100 groszy.

It should be exchanged in banks or Exchange offices, which do not collect commissions.

Electricity

The Polish power supply has a voltage of 230V with a frequency of 50 Hz. Standard two-pole Europlugs are used.

Emergency calls

Emergency 112

Police 997

Ambulance 999

Fire Brygade 998

City Guard 986

Embassies

All countries with whom Poland holds diplomatic relations have embassies in Warsaw. Up-to-date list of embassies:

* www.msz.gov.pl/Przedstawicielstwa,dyplomatyczne,w,Polsce,12916.html

Smoking restrictions

Smoking is prohibited in public areas, public transport stops, stations and government offices.Since  November 15 th, 2010 smoking is no longer allowed in restaurants, bars and clubs. Most of them, however, have  smoking sections. Failure to comply may result in a fine.

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