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Community of Olesnica:

Where to find us?  Why are we unique?

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Oleśnica rural community is located in the eastern part of Lower Silesia, 25 km from the center of Wroclaw. The map above shows the location of the community in Poland. The community is located within the northern part of the Silesian Lowland – Plain Oleśnicka, surrounded by hills, forests and numerous rivers. It is one of the warmest in Poland with an average annual temperature of  8.5°C.

The very favorable climate and good soil conditions conducive to good developed agriculture and 66.5% of the total area is arable land. Oleśnica is characterized  also by functional and spatial surroundings, resulting primarily from the proximity and attractiveness of a large urban center, which is the city of Wroclaw. This proximity provides the community with easy access to the administration (local government, justice, finance), health services and also a rich and diverse cultural offer.

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The scope of the Community Oleśnica covers 29 villages and it’s seat is the homonymous city, Oleśnica. The community area is of 243km² (24 344 ha), which represents 1.2% of the province and 23% of the county. In 2009 the village community of Oleśnica had 11 120 inhabitants, which accounted for 10.8% of the population of the county. The average population density is 46 inhabitants/km² (county -98 inhabitants/km²).

The community is part of a developed regional transportation network of roads and rails and it is crossed by the International Route E67 – Route 8 that links Prague to Helsinki.

Visitors will find in the Oleśnica community beautiful monuments (churches and palaces), mostly form the eighteenth century. Given it’s strategic geographical setting the community attracts also trades, craftsman and diverse industries. The rich woods attract tourists especially mushroom pickers and nature lovers.

The Community Centre of Oleśnica supports a large cluster of folk groups (16 actively operating in the community) and strives to protect traditions through the organisation of special events (including County Review of Groups and Choirs Singing Carols “Pastorale”, Review of rituals and customs Spring and Easter “Kogutek”, “Harvest Festival”) and the direct support of activities of artists, craftsmen, local producers  (tinctures, dishes, breads). The Oleśnica’s International Folklore Confrontations (nowadays International Folklore Festival) organised since 1998 in cooperation with many European countries is one of the unique cultural attractions of our community.


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[Source: Oleśnica Community Office, GOK Oleśnica]



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Wrocław (German: Breslau, Latin: Vratislavia) is the largest city in western Poland and it is situated on the River Oder in the Silesian Lowlands, roughly 350 kilometers from the Baltic Sea to the north and 40 kilometers from the Sudeten Mountains to the south. The population of Wrocław is of 635 759 inhabitants (2015), making it the fourth-largest city in Poland. Wrocław is the historical capital of Silesia and Lower Silesia and today is the capital of the Lower Silesian Voivodship.

At crossroads of Empires, Wrocław succeeded to enjoy the benefits and to manage the challenges of a multicultural city with a dramatic fluctuation of population, hosting displaced populations from West (especially Germans) and East (relocated Poles from Lviv, Volhynia and Vilnius Region). It has been part of the Kingdom of Poland, Bohemia, Hungary, the Austrian Empire, Prussia, and Germany and it became part of Poland in 1945 as a result of border changes after the Second World War.


Severely damaged by wars and natural catastrophes Wrocław is a unique European city of mixed heritage, with architecture marked by Bohemian, Austrian and Prussian traditions, reflected by the Silesian Gothic and Baroque style buildings, as well as by the influence of court builders of Habsburg Austria (such as Fischer von Erlach), Wrocław has a number of notable buildings designed by German modernist architects including the famous Centennial Hall designed by Max Berg.

GaWC has classified Wrocław as a global city, with the ranking of high sufficiency and living standard. Consulting company Mercer ranked Wrocław 99 on 230 international “Best City to Live” and recognised its growing potential as a business center.

esk2016_kwadrat_0_copyIn 2016, the city is European Capital of Culture and the World Book Capital. Wrocław will also host in 2016 the Theatre Olympics, the World Bridge Games and the European Film Awards and in 2017 the IFLA Annual Conference and the World Games. Dynamic economic center and cultural hub, Wrocław wants to share today its unique identity with European and worldwide public and partners.

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