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Metropolitan Association of Upper Silesia and Dąbrowa Basin

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The Metropolitan Association of Upper Silesia and Dąbrowa Basin, usually referred to in Poland as the Silesian Metropolis (Polish: Górnośląsko-Zagłębiowska Metropolia; Metropolia Silesia),[1] is an association of municipalities composed of 14 neighbouring cities in the Polish Province of Silesia. The seat of the metropolitan council is Katowice, the largest agglomeration of the Silesian Metropolis. The association is not to be confused with the local conurbation forming one continuous area in the geographical context, i.e.: the Katowice Urban Area, and the Upper Silesian metropolitan area.

Metropolitan Association of Upper Silesia
and Dąbrowa Basin

Metropolia Silesia
Katowice Financial Center
Katowice Financial Center
CouncilZarząd GZM
 • Head of CouncilPiotr Uszok
 • City2,039,454
 • Urban
 • Metro
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Area code(s)+48 32
Vehicle registrationSD, SG, SH, SI, SJ, SK, SL, SM, SO, ST, SW, SY, SZ, SBE, SGL, SPI, SRS
Economyservice industries, business
HighwayE40 / A4:
E75 / A1:
AirportKatowice International Airport

The Silesian Metropolis lies within one of the largest urban areas in the European Union. Its population is over 2 million people (2008),[2] within the much larger urban zone (LUZ), with a population of 2,746,460 according to Eurostat,[3] and also, as part of the still wider Silesian metropolitan area, with a population of 5,294,000 according to the European Spatial Planning Observation Network.[4]

The Metropolitan Association of Upper Silesia and Dąbrowa Basin was created in June 2017 by a decree of Poland's Council of Ministers as an expansion of the already existing Metropolitan Association of Upper Silesia (Polish: Górnośląsko-Zagłębiowska Metropolia). The original union was formally approved by the mayors of all participating cities ten year earlier in Świętochłowice.[5] The Union's registration was signed by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Administration of the Republic of Poland (MSWiA) on 8 June 2007 in Katowice.[6] The purpose of the metropolitan union is to maintain a strong urban and industrially developed area with internationally competitive profile and unified management of all infrastructure.[7][8]



The main goals, according to statute of the Association, include the following:

  1. Common development strategy for the cities of the Association in accordance with the current laws governing the planning and land use
  2. Implementing joint development projects strategy for all cities
  3. Obtaining financial aid from domestic and foreign funding sources
  4. Managing the roadways transferred to the union by its constituent cities
  5. Securing aid from the European Union Council
  6. Stimulating the job market in constituent cities
  7. Supporting innovative economic programs, increasing the competitive standing of the cities
  8. Influencing legislative and decision-making processes in matters important to the union

The effects of the Association's activity include: improvement in managing the consortium, strengthening its economic output and increasing the competitive standing of the participating cities, coordination of public relations, as well as promoting the member cities and the importance of the region.


The Metropolitan Association of Upper Silesia and Dąbrowa Basin spans urban communities in the historical regions of Upper Silesia (the south-eastern part of Silesia) as well as Lesser Poland's Zagłębie Dąbrowskie, Silesian Voivodeship in southern Poland, within the northern portion of the Upper Silesian Coal Basin between the Vistula and Oder rivers, basically resembling just a part of the medieval Duchy of Bytom and annexing the later industrial area, formerly occupied by the Silesian-American Corporation to the east of it. Nine million people live within 100 km of Silesian Stadium at the MAUS center. Six European capitals are located within 600 kilometres from MAUS: Berlin, Vienna, Prague, Bratislava, Budapest and Warsaw.


Outside of the area, the formation of the union appears to have less support than within it.[citation needed] Originally 17 cities were to enter into the union; due to technicalities in Polish law which could have prevented its legalization, only 14 of the 17 cities (that is, those with the legal status of an urban county) proceeded with forming the union. The constituent cities by population numbers are as follows (data of 2008):[2]

Map of districts of Silesian Metropolis.
District Population Area Density
km2 sq. mi. /km2 /sq. mi.
Katowice 312,201 164.67 63.58 1,896 4,910
Sosnowiec 222,586 91.06 35.16 2,444 6,330
Gliwice 197,393 133.88 51.69 1,474 3,820
Zabrze 189,062 80.40 31.04 2,352 6,090
Bytom 184,765 69.44 26.81 2,661 6,890
Ruda Śląska 144,584 77.73 30.01 1,860 4,800
Tychy 129,776 81.64 31.52 1,590 4,100
Dąbrowa Górnicza 128,795 188.73 72.87 682 1,770
Chorzów 113,678 33.24 12.83 3,420 8,900
Jaworzno 95,520 152.67 58.95 626 1,620
Mysłowice 74,912 65.75 25.39 1,139 2,950
Siemianowice Śląskie 71,621 25.5 9.8 2,809 7,280
Piekary Śląskie 59,061 39.98 15.44 1,477 3,830
Świętochłowice 54,525 13.31 5.14 4,097 10,610
Total 1,978,479 1,218 470 1,624.4 4,207

The borders between the constituent cities have been for decades artificial, and sometimes absurd; for example, one side of a street would belong to one city and the other to another. Nationally, the union strives to address several problems including:

  • Poor recognition (often omitted from Polish maps)[9]
  • Under-investment (MAUS receives the lowest per-capita allocation of EU development funds in Poland)[10]

Bordering citiesEdit

City Population Area Density
km2 sq. mi. /km2 /sq. mi.
Tarnowskie Góry 60,975 83.72 32.32 728 1,890
Będzin 58,639 37.37 14.43 1,569 4,060
Chrzanów 39,452 38.32 14.80 1,030 2,700
Knurów 39,449 33.95 13.11 1,162 3,010
Mikołów 38,698 79.20 30.58 489 1,270
Czeladź 34,072 16.38 6.32 2,080 5,400
Łaziska Górne 21,942 20.07 7.75 1,093 2,830
Trzebinia 20,128 31.94 12.33 630 1,600
Bieruń 19,464 40.67 15.70 479 1,240
Pyskowice 19,104 30.89 11.93 618 1,600
Radzionków 17,163 13.20 5.10 1,300 3,400
Lędziny 16,262 31.48 12.15 517 1,340
Wojkowice 9,368 12.79 4.94 732 1,900
Imielin 8,010 28.00 10.81 286 740
Sławków 6,866 36.67 14.16 187 480
Total 409,592 534.65 206.43 766.1 1,984
Total with MAUS 2,388,071 1,752.65 676.70 1,362.55 3,529.0

Cities bordering directly on the Silesian Metropolis (2008) are shown in the table to the right.[2] Some of these cities (Będzin, Czeladź and Knurów) declared their willingness to join the Silesian Metropolis, but due to legal issues canceled their candidacy.


MAUS is the centre of the largest urban area in Poland and one of largest in the European Union; the Katowice urban area has a population of 2.7 million. The area flourished in the 19th and early 20th centuries, thanks to industry and natural resources. The conurbation consists of about 40 neighbouring cities, and the Silesian metropolitan area includes over 50 cities with a total population of 5 million. Katowice is also in the middle of a 7-million-population megalopolis,[citation needed] stretching from the Kraków region through Katowice to the Ostrava region.

Silesia City Center - a large shopping mall in Katowice, on the grounds of the old Gottwald coal mine

MAUS is an area of heavy concentration of industry, including coal, steel, energy, automotive, machinery and chemical. Over the last two decades, the service industry has become increasingly important.


MAUS is still a prominent center of Poland's coal and metal industries, and home to about a dozen coal mines operated by Katowice Coal Holding (‹See Tfd›(in Polish) Katowicki Holding Węglowy) and Coal Company (‹See Tfd›(in Polish) Kompania Węglowa); several steel processing plants (Huta Baildon, Huta Ferum, Huta Batory, Huta Pokój, Huta Florian, Huta Jedność, Huta Zabrze and Huta Zgoda); a foundry of nonferrous metals (Huta Metali Nieżelaznych Szopienice); about a dozen power and generating plants (Chorzów, Halemba, Jaworzno, Łagisza, Będzin, Chorzów, EC Nowa, Katowice, Miechowice, Szombierki, Szopienice, Tychy and Zabrze); two automotive plants (FSM and General Motors Manufacturing Poland); two plants producing military vehicles (Wojskowe Zakłady Mechaniczne SA maker of the KTO Rosomak, and Zakłady Mechaniczne "Bumar-Łabędy" SA, maker of the PT-91 main battle tank), several chemical companies (including fertilizers and paints) and other industrial establishments.

See alsoEdit

  • Tricity, a metropolitan area in Poland consisting of three cities in Pomerania


  1. ^ Council of Ministers (25 June 2017). "Full text of the Government bill establishing the Metropolitan Association of Upper Silesia and Dąbrowa Basin" [Utworzenie przez Rade Ministrów związku metropolitalnego pod nazwą „Górnośląsko-Zagłębiowska Metropolia”. Rozporządzenie] (PDF). See also: "Metropolia Silesia" (in Polish). official webpage. Further information: "The cities of Silesian Metropolis promoted in Milan, Italy" [Miasta Metropolii Silesia promują się w Mediolanie]. Webpage of local government. 6 June 2012. Archived from the original on 22 October 2014.
  2. ^ a b c Central Statistical Office in Poland. "The area and the inhabitants by territorial categories in 2008" [Powierzchnia i ludność w przekroju terytorialnym w 2008] (in Polish).
  3. ^ "CityProfiles: Katowice". The Urban Audit. Archived from the original on 29 February 2012 – via Internet Archive, 29 February 2012.
  4. ^ "Study on Urban Functions (Project 1.4.3)" - European Spatial Planning Observation Network, 2007
  5. ^ Uchwały Rady Miejskiej w Świętochłowicach w 2006 roku (en: Resolutions of the City Council in Świętochłowice in 2006), Świętochłowice 2006
  6. ^ ‹See Tfd›(in Polish) - "Rejestracja Górnośląskiego Związku Metropolitalnego", 27 June 2007
  7. ^ "Dz.U. 2017 poz. 730: Ustawa z dnia 9 marca 2017 r. o związku metropolitalnym w województwie śląskim". Dziennik Ustaw (2017 poz. 730) (in Polish).
  8. ^ Prezes Rady Ministrów: B. Szydło (1 July 2017), Utworzenie w województwie śląskim związku metropolitalnego pod nazwą „Górnośląsko-Zagłębiowska Metropolia”.
  9. ^ ‹See Tfd›(in Polish) Pozytywny wizerunek regionu Źród³em sukcesu śl¹skich firm
  10. ^ ‹See Tfd›(in Polish)

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