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Bielsko-Biała is a regional capital town with a population of about 180 000, the seat of two regional authorities: grodzki and ziemski and of two bishoprics: the Catholic Diocese of Bielsko-Żywiec and the Evangelic-Augsburg Diocese of Cieszyn. It has recently emerged as an academic centre having its own independent state institution - The Academy of Science and the Arts - and a few branches of other institutions and many private high schools.

Known years ago as „The Town of a Hundred Industries”, Bielsko-Biała proudly continues the economic traditions of the region, as an energetic centre of trade and industry in which medium and small businesses dominate.

Charming, spread at the foot of Silesian and Mały Beskid Mountains, the town is one of the most interesting towns in the south of Poland, willingly visited by tourists. The guests are attracted to Bielsko-Biała, known as „Little Vienna”, not only by the beauty of the town’s architecture but also the fascinating landscapes of the surrounding Beskid Mountains. Many tourist trails leading to the mountains begin in the town and in the town itself, in numerous sports and recreation centres, there are attractions to those wanting to spend their free time in an active way. Bielsko-Biała is also a well-known cultural centre whose entertainments - concerts, plays, exhibitions, festivals - attract numerous audiences not only from the region but also from the whole country.

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