Basic information

The town of Olsztyn is located in North-East Poland, and the town has a population of 174,000 inhabitants. The town was almost completely destroyed in the Second World War.

The town is surrounded by naturally picturesque lake districts, forests and nature destinations. The town’s most important tourism destination is the Olsztyn Castle.

The town has two universities. The University of Warmia and Mazury is a university maintained by the state, and was established in 1999. The university has over 40,000 students, of which 26,500 are full-time students. The university has fourteen faculties, including e.g. Arts, Pedagogy, Law and Economics.

Olsztyn also has a private university, offering studies in computing and economics. The university has over 5,000 students.

Olsztyn has many cultural facilities, theatres and museums.


The town is a traffic junction point, and the most important industries are services, transportation and tourism.

Friendship town activities

The friendship town agreement was signed between Rovaniemi and Olsztyn in 1976. Activities include traditional friendship town activities and official visits have been made both ways. In addition, there is also co-operation in cultural and educational activities. Santa Claus has also visited Olsztyn.

Olsztyn’s other friendship towns are Calpe in Spain, Chateauroux in France, Gelsenkirchen and Offenburg in Germany, Kalingrad in Russia, Lutsk in Ukraine and Richmond in the United States.