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The region of Lodz is situated in the center of Poland, which is one of its greatest strengths. It’s composed of 24 ‘powiats’ (counties - 3 of which are urban) and 177 ‘gminas’ (municipalities and townships). The capital city of the voivodship is Lodz. The region's area amounts to 18 219 km2 and population stands at roughly 2,643,000. The population density is 145 persons per 1 km2, and the urbanization level is one of the highest in the country. The geometrical center of Poland is situated in Piątek village.

The largest rivers of the region are the Warta, the Pilica, the Prosna and the Bzura Rivers. On the Pilica River, which supplies Lodz with water, a retention reservoir known as Lake Sulejów has been built. On the Warta River there is a similar reservoir called Jeziorsko. They are one of the most popular regional tourist and recreational attractions. A large area of the region is covered with old coniferous and mixed forests, including the primeval Łagiewniki forest within Lodz. Eighty-eight natural life reserves and seven landscape parks in our voivodship are perfectly maintained.
 

The region lies on the intersection of three trans-European transport routes, which is an important factor in its economic development: the north-east-bound A-2 motorway, which leads to Russia and Moscow; the westbound A-2 motorway, which leads to Western Europe via Berlin; and the northbound A-1 motorway, which leads to Scandinavia and Kaliningrad. There is also a convenient railway connection system, and within the city and its suburbs it is possible to use not only buses but also trams, which are currently a rarely used form of transport. This year saw the debut of one of the European Union projects in our region: the Regional Tram. It connects two peripheries of Lodz - Zgierz and Pabianice - with one tram route that runs through the very city center.

Besides the region's good transport connections, it has also rich natural resources and technical infrastructure. There are plans to expand the Bełchatów-Szczerców power production complex, gas supply networks, and geothermal waters. Another factor of the region’s economic development as an important business center in Poland and Central and Eastern Europe is the Lodz Special Economic Zone located within Lodz, Zgierz, Ozorków, the township of Ksawerów, and within the territory of Tomaszów Mazowiecki, Rawa Mazowiecka, Radomsko, Kutno, and Łęczyca.

Additionally, the region has many historical buildings: town halls, churches, cemeteries, palaces and mansions which serve as reminders of the beginnings of the urbanisation processes. The most interesting regional museums are the District Museum in Tomaszów Mazowiecki, the District Museum in Sieradz, the Regional Museum in Opoczno and the museums in Łowicz and Łęczyca.