Located just a few miles from the German border in North Western Poland, not far from the Baltic Sea, Szczecin is the seventh largest city in Poland and one of the country’s most important seaports. As the capital of the Westpomeranian Voivodeship, Szczecin has played an important part in both regional and national events for much of its rich history. Expatriates in Szczecin will quickly find that though much of the city was rebuilt in social realism styled architecture after the war, there are still some traditional buildings to be found around the Jagiellońska Street and the Pomeranian Dukes' Castle, which is well worth a visit. Expats living in Szczecin can further stroll around the Oder River, or explore the Sea Museum and the National Museum Szczecin in order to learn more about the city and its surrounding area. As with all cities in Poland, you’ll find some great food and drink in Szczecin’s restaurants. If you’re not yet familiar with Polish cuisine, ask some of your fellow expatriates and globally minded people in the InterNations discussion groups and forums for their tips and recommendations.
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With Berlin just an hour and a half away and an international airport in Szczecin itself, most expats moving to Szczecin should find actually getting to Szczecin fairly straightforward. For those that need to find their own accommodation, rents are generally cheaper than in both Warsaw and Krakow, making Szczecin a very affordable place to base yourself as you discover Poland. However, as Szczecin has fewer international residents than its larger compatriots, you may find that it’s useful to learn some Polish before you arrive in order to help you settle in quickly as an expatriate in Szczecin. There’s lots of information about finding your feet in new countries in InterNations forums and content section, so have a look online to get ideas and information about moving abroad.
Thanks to its busy seaport, Szczecin is a hub of economic activity with several major companies located in the city including major food producers, a brewery, a drugs manufacturer and the Polish Steamship Company. With three shipyards, a fishing industry and a steel mill, there are also plenty of traditional industries to keep the economy going. The nearby airport, with regular flights to destinations across Europe, is also a big employer in the area as are the tourism and hospitality industries. Though a good knowledge of the language will be essential for most expatriates hoping to start working in Szczecin, as the city becomes more and more international, English and other foreign languages are increasingly spoken in business and industry. To learn more about the ins and outs of relocating to Poland, have a look at InterNations guide section or get in touch with local members of the InterNations community.