Rich Get Richer, Poor Get Poorer

Polish Development (

Polish Development (

The eastern part of Poland still lags behind western Poland but there are glimmers of hope. Rzeszów and Lublin have shown that after years of isolation it is still possible for provincial towns to shine. According to Poland’s Central Statistical Office (GUS) only a few regions have shown positive GDP growth. These ‘positive’ regions include those surrounding Warsaw, Gdańsk, Łódź, Wrocław and Poznań. Certain areas and regions have managed to do little in the years 2000-2010. Szczecin typifies this with only a 14.3% over this ten-year period. What is more, poorer regions have faired worse than richer regions in this leaner time meaning that the divide between the rich and poor has widened. The growth of Silesia has also slowed due to the fact that one of its major advantages – motorways – is no longer unique. Infrastructure across the whole of Poland has improved with thousands of motorways and roads being built in the last decade. Silesia is no longer the land of the best infrastructure. A major positive point, however, is the fact that Poland’s growth is not, like in the Czech Republic, Hungary or Slovakia, centred on only one city yet spread across the major centres mentioned above.

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