Similar to neighboring Belarus, Poland’s economy is poised for an improved economic outlook, albeit for somewhat different reasons. Poland’s population of 38 million is evenly distributed throughout many midsized cities. The capitol and largest city is Warsaw, with almost 2 million inhabitants, followed by Krakow, Lodz, and Wroclaw, each with around 600,000 people. These cities have implemented policies that have attracted a large amount of foreign investment over the years, and continue to do so. In only the first four months of 2016, the Polish Agency for Information and Foreign Investment reported that foreign investment contributed to more than 4,200 new jobs with a total value of 139 million euros. The distribution of the Polish population throughout the country, as well as the possibility for regions to adapt their legislation to the needs of specific industries, have rendered the regions very attractive to foreign investment. The strength of the economy lies also in its great diversification as it does not rely upon any one export or industry. It produces a large array of services and products, from financial services to machinery, furniture, and food.
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