Krakow is Poland's second largest city and rich in cultural heritage. The economy is driven by an expanding services centre with industry and production also providing jobs and wealth. Krakow is the cultural capital of Poland and its highly regarded universities and institutions make it a principal centre of science, education and innovation.

The city is situated in southern Poland on both banks of the river Wisla, 50°04'N 19°56'E. It covers 326.8 square kilometres and has a population of around 800,000.

Krakow is a renowned for its many historical buildings from ancient castles and stunning cathedrals to ornate and baroque churches and 17th century mansions. Its impressive main square is the largest in Europe. The historic old town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The city is famous for its thriving theatres, opera and ballet. It is a lively tourist centre and has some of Poland's best restaurants. Today the population continues to be creatively and commercially prosperous and successful.

Krakow is also a large industrial centre; the steel factory in Nowa Huta is the second largest industrial plant in the country. The population is expanding with expatriate communities living and working in Krakow and attracting significant foreign investment.