Gdansk-Gdynia-Sopot Metropolitan Area
The Gdansk-Gdynia-Sopot Metropolitan Area was established on September 15, 2011 to strengthen cooperation and to achieve the harmonious development of the entire metropolitan area around Gdansk, by making the best use of the potential of the member cities and municipalities, while at the same time respecting their differences and particular characters.
It is a window to the world for the countries of Central and Eastern Europe, which are the natural catchment area for the two largest seaports in Poland. These ports are the only ports on the Baltic Sea which have a direct connection with the ports of South East Asia. The international importance of the Gdansk-Gdynia-Sopot Metropolitan Area is also shown by the ever-expanding network of air connections available from Gdansk’s Lech Walesa Airport; the number of companies with foreign capital or local companies which have invested abroad. This importance is also demonstrated by the number of international agreements signed with our universities, the increasing number of foreign students and the number of joint research projects.
Then there is the recognition of the brand of Gdansk, which around the world is associated with 'Solidarity', the struggle for freedom and the award of the Noble Peace Price for its leader Lech Walesa.
These and other factors give the Gdansk-Gdynia-Sopot Metropolitan Area a high international ranking, placing it within a network of metropolitan areas. This, alongside parameters such as GDP or size of population, determine its competitiveness. In networks at all local, regional, national, continental or global levels, the Gdansk-Gdynia-Sopot Metropolitan Area can rightfully take its proper place.