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Toruń

Administration
Full nameToruń
Motto"Durabo" ( )
CountryPoland
VoivodeshipKuyavian-Pomeranian
Countycity county
Established13th century
City rights1233
Government
MayorMichał Zaleski
Geography
Total Area44.7 sq mi (115.72 km2)
Elevation98.4 ft (30 m)
Demography
Total Population205934 (2009)
Density (pop.)auto/km2 (0/sq mi)
Metro (pop.)297646
Other information
Time zoneCET (UTC+1)
- Summer (DST)CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code87-100 to 87-120
Area code+48 56
Car platesCT

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Toruń c-plAUDPl-Toruń.ogg'toruń ( , , , see also: other names) is an ancient city in northern Poland, on the Vistula River. Its population is more than 205,934 as of June 2009. Toruń is one of the oldest cities in Poland. The medieval old town of Toruń is the birthplace of the astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus.

In 1997 the medieval part of the city was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In 2007 the Old Town in Toruń was added to the list of Seven Wonders of Poland. National Geographic Polska rated the old town market and the Gothic town hall as one of the "30 Most Beautiful Places in the World." In 2010 Forbes magazine ranked Toruń as number one of the "Polish Cities Attractive for Business" . In 2009 it was listed as one of the "Best Cities to Live in Poland", in a ranking published by Przekrój .

Previously it was the capital of the Toruń Voivodeship (1975 98) and the Pomeranian Voivodeship (1921 45). Since 1999, Toruń has been a seat of the self-government of the Kujawy-Pomerania Province and, as such, is one of its two capitals (together with Bydgoszcz). The cities and neighboring counties form the Bydgoszcz-Toruń bi-polar metropolitan area. In September 2004, Bydgoszcz Medical School joined Toruń's Nicolaus Copernicus University as its Collegium Medicum.


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