Upper Silesian Industrial Region

Central part of the Upper Silesian Industrial Region - Upper Silesian Metropolis.

The Upper Silesian Industrial Region (Polish: Górnośląski Okręg Przemysłowy, GOP; German: Oberschlesisches Industriegebiet) is a large industrial region in Poland[1]. It lies mainly in the Silesian Voivodeship[1], centered around Katowice.

It is situated in the northern part of Upper Silesian Coal Basin a home of altogether 5 million people (Silesian metropolitan area), the southwest border of the Rybnik Coal Area (Polish: Rybnicki Okręg Węglowy, ROW)[1] and west borders with the Ostrava urban area. Covers 3,200 km² and about 3,5 million people[1].

The Upper Silesian Industrial Region is located in the province of Upper Silesia and Zagłębie Dąbrowskie in southern Poland in a basin between the Vistula and Oder rivers.

Upper Silesian Industrial Region is an area with enormous concentration of industry. Dominates here[1]:

  • Mining industry (more than a dozen active coal mines, mainly as Katowicki Holding Węglowy and Kompania Węglowa)
  • Iron and steel industry (more than a dozen active iron and nonferrous metals)
  • Transport industry (example General Motors Manufacturing Poland and Fiat Auto Poland, Konstal, Bumar Łabędy)
  • The energy industry (more than a dozen power plants and power plants)
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Chemical industry

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e (Polish) "Górnośląski Okręg Przemysłowy" - PWN Encyclopedia


  • (Polish) "Katowice i Górnośląski Okręg Przemysłowy" - Krystyna Szaraniec & Lech Szaraniec & Karol Szarowski, Katowickie Towarzystwo Społeczno-Kulturalne, Katowice 1980
  • (Polish) "Górnośląski Okręg Przemysłowy: liczby, fakty, problemy" - Marek Grabania, Wydawnictwo Śląsk, Katowice 1964
  • (Polish) "Górnośląski Okręg Przemysłowy w świetle nowych opracowań zachodnioniemieckich" - Marian Frank, Silesian Institute in Katowice, Katowice 1960

Coordinates: 50°15′N 19°00′E / 50.25°N 19°E / 50.25; 19

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