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Katowice (pronounce: [katɔ'vʲitsɛ], former Polish name Kątowicze, 1953-1956 Stalinogród - "Stalin City", Czech Katovice, German name Kattowitz) is an important city of the historical region of Upper Silesia in southern Poland on the Klodnica and Rawa rivers.

Katowice is the capital of the administrative and local government region called Silesian Voivodship since 1999, and previously capital of Katowice Voivodship. Katowice is the main city of the Upper Silesian Industrial Area. Population 354,000 inhabitants (1999), with an metro area population of 3,487,000 inhabitants (2001).

Katowice history

The area was owned by the Poles since the 10th century, being ruled by Silesian Piasts dynasty until partitions of Poland in 1795. The city was founded under Prussian rule by the Poles in the 19th century, and gained city status in 1865. It became part of the Second Polish Republic following the Silesian Uprisings throughout the Silesian region between 1918-1921.

The city flourished due to large mineral (especially coal) deposits in the nearby mountains. Extensive city growth and prosperity depended on coal mining and steel industries, which took off during the Industrial Revolution. But recently, due to economic reforms there is a shift away from heavy industry, and towards smaller businesses.

Severe ecological damage to the natural environment occurred during the post-Second World War time of communist governance in the People's Republic of Poland, but recent changes in regulations, procedures and policies of post-communist Polish government have reversed much of the harm that was done.

During 1953-1956 named Stalinogród, which was a kind of homage to the Soviet leader Joseph Stalin by the totalitarian, communist authorities.

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