Gdańsk is Poland’s principal seaport, located on the Baltic coast in the north of the country. It is also the centre of Poland’s fourth-largest metropolitan area and one of the most prominent cities in the Kashubia region. It is also the native home of Donald Tusk, the former Prime Minister of Poland and President of the European Council.

Gdańsk still has a strongly industrialised economy, dominated by shipbuilding, petrochemical, chemical and food processing industries. However, its technology sector is growing across various sectors, from electronics to telecommunications and IT engineering.

The city laid out its vision for growth in the Gdańsk 2030 Plus Development Strategy. The strategy is based on involving citizens in the decision-making process and identifies four pillars: learning, cooperation, mobility, and openness. Since 2014 and the adoption of the City of Gdańsk Manifesto of Openness, Gdańsk is leading the implementation of open-data standards and shares public data and resources with citizens and businesses. 

Gdańsk aims to deliver on the challenges identified in its 2030 strategy to improve the quality of life of its inhabitants and to increase its population.  

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Leuven
Leuven
Belgium
  • Core
Tripoli
Tripoli
Greece
  • Core
Vari-Voula-Vouliagmeni
Vari-Voula-Vouliagmeni
Greece
  • Core
Mechelen
Mechelen
Belgium
  • Core
Split
Split
Croatia
  • Core
Castellón de la Plana
Castellón de la Plana
Spain
  • Challenge
Grand-Orly Seine Bièvre
Grand-Orly Seine Bièvre
France
  • Mentor
Espoo
Espoo, Tampere & Turku
Finland
  • Core
Derry
Derry/Londonderry
UK
  • Core
Sarajevo
Sarajevo
Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Core
Alicante
Alicante
Spain
  • Core
Molina de Segura
Molina de Segura
Spain