IntroductionAlthough Gdansk with approximately 460,000 inhabitants is only the sixth largest city in Poland in terms of population, it is hugely influential as an economic centre. Gdansk is the country’s largest seaport as well as being the capital of the Pomeranian voivodeship (administrative region).
Originally, Gdansk was inhabited mainly by Germans, to such an extent that it became a province of the Kingdom of Prussia in 1792, followed by the German Empire and finally became part of Poland in 1919. Despite this transfer, Gdansk was widely known by its German name, Danzig, until the end of the Second World War.
Modern Gdansk is a vitally important industrial city and an active seaport, which ensures that its popularity and population continue to grow every year.