The Kujawsko-Pomorskie Voivodeship is one of 16 Polish regions located in the north-central part of the country. The region covers an area of 18,000 square km is inhabited by over 2 million people (5.4% of the country's population). Kujawsko-Pomorskie Region has an excellent strategic location in the heart of Europe, in the central part of Poland making the region an interesting location for potential investors. There are strategic transportation channels running across the region. The largest cities in the region are: Bydgoszcz, Toruń, Włocławek, Grudziądz – all located on the Vistula River. The dynamic development of the region is supported by several universities that undertake scientific research important on a national and global scale. The voivodeship also conducts intensive international cooperation in the fields of culture, tourism, environment, transport and innovation.