Rybnik

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Rybnik [ˈrɨbnik] ( listen) is a city in southern Poland, in the Silesian Voivodeship. Rybnik is located close to the border with the Czech Republic and just outside the southern border of the largest urban area in Poland, the Upper Silesian Metropolitan Union. Rybnik is about 290 km south of Warsaw and about 100 km west of Kraków.

The city of Rybnik has a population of about 141,387 (June 2009), and its metropolitan area is 0.7 million. The Rybnik area is an important economic region of Poland, and visible center of culture, with a famous Szafrankowie Brothers State School of Music and Philharmonic Orchestra.

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Population and location

The city itself has 141,387 inhabitants (including 0.03% foreigners), density: 955.3 per km². (as of 30 June 2009). Rybnik ranks as Poland's 25th largest city. Rybnik's unemployment is significantly lower (4.6%) than the national average of 8.8% (as of October 2008). Ethnically, 88% of Rybnik's population declare themselves as Poles, 9% as Silesians and 3% as "others".

Districts

Rybnik is a powiat (county) divided into 27 districts that have its own administrative body. Most of the districts are subarbian, some are densely bulit with many blocks of flats generating huge housing estates e.g. Maroko-Nowiny, and the rest are of civic nature Smolna, Śródmieście, Północ i Paruszowiec as there are a lot of houses.

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