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Full nameBydgoszcz
Countycity county
Establishedbefore 1238
Town rights1346
President (Mayor)Rafał Bruski (PO)
City Council ChairpersonRoman Jasiakiewicz (PO)
Total Area67.4 sq mi (174.57 km2)
Elevation196.9 ft (60 m)
Total Population358029 (2009)
Density (pop.)auto/km2 (0/sq mi)
Metro (pop.)460608
Other information
Time zoneCET (UTC+1)
- Summer (DST)CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code85-001 to 85-915
Area code+48 52
Car platesCB

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Bydgoszcz c-plAUDPl-Bydgoszcz.ogg'bydgoszcz ( , , ) is a city located in northern Poland, on the Brda and Vistula rivers. With a city population of 358,029 (June 2009), and an urban agglomeration with more than 460,000 inhabitants, Bydgoszcz is the 8th-largest city in Poland. It has been the seat of Bydgoszcz County and the co-capital, with Toruń, of the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship since 1999. Prior to this, between 1947 and 1998, it was the capital of the Bydgoszcz Voivodeship, and before that, of the Pomeranian Voivodeship between 1945 and 1947.

Bydgoszcz is part of the metroplex Bydgoszcz-Toruń, which totals over 850,000 inhabitants. Bydgoszcz is the seat of Casimir the Great University, University of Technology and Life Sciences and a conservatory, as well as a Collegium Medicum of Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń. Bydgoszcz hosts the Filharmonia Pomorska concert hall, the Opera Nova opera house, and the Bydgoszcz Ignacy Jan Paderewski Airport. Due to its location between the Vistula and Odra rivers, and the water course of the Bydgoszcz Canal, the city forms part of a water system connected via the Noteć, Warta, Odra, and Elbe with the Rhine and Rotterdam. Bydgoszcz was a candidate for the title of European Capital of Culture in 2016.

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