Our advantages

Warmia and Mazury are a perfect place not only to carry on a business, but also for the everyday life. It is a region of high quality of

life where the economy works in harmony with the environment and society, evoking a sense of harmony, health and safety among the dwellers and tourists.
Warmia and Mazury are famous in the whole world for intact environment, the possibility of a healthy living, investments in green technologies, the most delicious and the healthiest food, ecological agriculture and the top quality of products and services.

 

While thinking about the development, we reach for the best economic models:


we follow the examples of Western Europe and the Scandinavian countries.

 

 

TOURISM

The natural assets of the region, clean environment and an enhanced hotel and accommodation infrastructure are beneficial for the development of tourism in Warmia and Mazury. The natural assets of the Province are determined above all by vast forest areas, first and foremost by the Pisz Forest, numerous lakes, nature reserves, landscape parks and unpolluted air, for Warmia and Mazury are known as the Green Lungs of Poland.

The region is famous for its lakes too: there are over 3 thousand of them in Warmia and Mazury. They are connected with each other by canals and rivers, thus creating a system of waterways stretching for kilometres, being a true paradise for sailors. Thus, it is no surprise that the Masurian Lakes were the only Polish candidate in the final of the world plebiscite for new seven wonders of nature, and finally – as the only place from Europe – they have been deemed to be one of the 14 most beautiful places on Earth.

All this makes the Province of Warmia and Mazury one of the most favoured regions of our country among tourists from Poland and abroad. This entails the expansion of the tourist infrastructure: hotels, accommodation facilities and short-stay facilities, ecological marinas, restaurants and other catering facilities, lunch places and food providing enterprises.

The natural assets and clean environment are determinant for the huge, still not really exploited tourist potential of the region, and furthermore they have impact on the high quality of life in Warmia and Mazury.

 

 

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AGRICULTURE AND FOOD INDUSTRY

Warmia and Mazury are a dominant region in Poland in the production of poultry, beef, pork meat, cold meats, butter and beer. The development of the food processing industry in the region is fostered by:
• suitable natural conditions for the development of agriculture: agricultural land constitutes 54% of the Province’s territory, arable land 36%, meadows 6% and pastureland 9%;
• existence of mineral resources (peat and lake marl) applied in agriculture;
• proper research and science facilities: an extensive network of science entities, numerous experimental and research institutes of the Polish Academy of Sciences, the Dairy Research and Development Centre (the most advanced one in Poland), the Centre for Research of Natural and Traditional Food at the University of Warmia and Mazury, the Institute for Land Reclamation and Grassland Farming in Falenty, or the Inland Fishing Institute in Olsztyn;
• suitable conditions for the development of fishery (water constitutes 6% of the region’s territory).

One of the more important research centres in the country and simultaneously one of the best in the country is the Institute of Animal Reproduction and Food Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences operating in Olsztyn since 1988. The Institute carries out basic investigations in the area of agricultural, veterinary and biological sciences. The results achieved are implemented into the food and processing industry, and animal breeding, as well as in veterinary and human medicine. The Institute co-operates with science centres in Spain, Finland, Germany, the USA, Japan and India.

Within the project of establishing the Regional Centre for Research and Knowledge Transfer “Food for Health”, the Institute expanded the highly specialist research laboratories which today constitute the science and research facilities for creating innovations and developing permanent co-operation between the Institute researchers and the region’s enterprises from the agricultural and food industry.

 

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WOOD AND FURNITURE INDUSTRY

The abundant resources of the raw material (forests amount to 33% of the Province’s territory) together with the long tradition of wood processing are the reasons why Warmia and Mazury have become the Polish furniture heartland.

The Province is the leader in the production of hardwood and coniferous timber, as well as the leading exporter of furniture and carpentering goods. Local enterprises established a few clusters: Masurian Windows, Furniture Elbląg, and Furniture Lubawa. The development of the furniture industry is also favoured by high supply of human resources. That the region is attractive for investors representing the wood and furniture industry may be confirmed by the presence of Ikea in Wielbark and Lubawa.

 

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SSC/BPO SECTOR

The SSC/BPO sector is gaining on importance for the economy of Warmia and Mazury. Olsztyn, the Province capital city, is one of the top Polish cities in terms of office space under construction. Currently, the office space put into use in the city constitutes around 50 thousand sq. m (Cezal Business Centre, Sigma, Europa Centre, WPB Business Center, Mars and Warmia Towers), and the plans include the construction of another office building, Centaurus City Park (6 thousand sq. m; the investment completion is planned for April 2020).

Cezal Business Center, Europa Center, Mars, Sigma, Warmia Towers, WPB Business Center:

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Strong points of the city:
- low labour costs (Warmia and Mazury belong to the regions with the lowest labour costs in the country: an average salary amounts to PLN 3412,37 gross; the average salary in the enterprise sector is by 17% lower than the average one in Poland, 43% lower than in the Province of Mazowsze, 24% lower than in the Province of Śląsk, 22% lower than in the Province of Pomorze);
- properly educated staff (the potential of the labour market in Warmia and Mazury is constituted by nearly 36 thousand people studying in 15 tertiary schools and 12 thousand graduates; investors may count on the availability of graduates with a very good command of English, German, French, Russian and Ukrainian);
- low office space rental prices (the highest transactional rents amount to EUR 7,5 – 12 a month per a square metre).
The launch and development of the Olsztyn Science and Technology Park contributes to the development of that sector in the region too.

Owing to the above, Olsztyn is deemed to be one of the leading new locations, which was confirmed in the “10 Rising Stars of the BPO Sector” report by Colliers International and the “Poland: New Office Locations” report by Jones Lang Lasalle. The reports were drafted in January 2013 and May 2014 respectively.

The above assets were already appreciated by such companies as Citi Handlowy Bank (a clearing centre), Transcom, Trade Group Call Centre (related to Orange mobile network) or Prudential, one of the world’s biggest insurance companies.

 

 

ALTERNATIVE ENERGY SOURCES

The natural conditions of the Province of Warmia and Mazury (large area of the region – 24 thousand sq. m and low population density – 60 people/sq. km) are favourable for the farming of energy crops, including willow. The University of Warmia and Mazury conducts research on the industrial use of renewable energy: the Faculty of Environmental Sciences is the partner of the biggest and the most important research and development project in Poland (the investment funds reach PLN 200 million), the aim of which is to develop a technology for generating fuel and energy from biomass. The project is executed by the consortium of ENERGA Group and the Institute of Fluid-Low Machinery of the Polish Academy of Sciences. Research teams from the Gdańsk University of Technology, the Institute of Power Engineering in Warsaw, the Institute of Chemical Processing of Coal in Zabrze, the Silesian University of Technology and the Cracow University of Technology also participate in the project.

The development of alternative energy engineering in this area is additionally fostered by the presence of the Warmia and Mazury Cluster “Together Warmer”. In 2007 the Wind Energy Plant in Kisielice (with the capacity of 40 MW) was put into use. The investor of the wind farm was a Spanish company, IBERDROLA. The farm is constituted by 27 wind turbines of 1.5 MW capacity each, and the total investment cost amounted to more than EUR 50 million.

Due to a dense network of small watercourses allowing for the construction of small power plants, the Province provides for a possibility to develop the water energy sector. The most important factor affecting investments in the sector is access to technical infrastructure, conformity with the development trends set forth in the strategies by the local government units and high availability of workers with appropriate qualifications in the market.

 

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Project co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund under the
Operational Programme Warmia and Mazury for the years 2007-2013.

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