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Archive News Stories of 2018 from Krakow Info

 

Krakow Shops To Be Closed on Most Sundays.

The Polish parliament has passed a bill which phases in a ban on Sunday shopping. In 2018 most stores in Poland will stay closed on 23 Sundays, namely March 11th, March 18th, April 1st, April 8th, April 15th, April 22nd, May 13th, May 20th, June 10th, June 17th, July 15th, July 22nd, August 12th, August 19th, September 9th, September 16th, September 23rd, October 14th, October 21st, November 11th, November 18th, and December 9th. In 2019 all shops will be open just on the last Sunday each month. Whereas in 2020 and later the Sunday shopping will be allowed only prior to Christmas, Easter, Corpus Christi, and the Assumption festival of August 15th. Some pharmacies and some groceries as well as bakeries, flower shops, and all gas stations can stay open every Sunday.

2017: Nearly 13 Million Visited Krakow.

In 2017 Krakow received 12.9 million visitors, in that number over three million foreigners while 9.85 million tourists arrived from other parts of Poland. It’s 750,000 more visitors compared to 2016. The largest contingent of foreign tourists came from Germany, namely 13.2 percent of the total figure. Close second were Britons who made up 13.1 percent of last year’s foreign travelers in Krakow, followed by Italians (10.9 percent), Frenchmen (8.5 percent), and Spaniards (8 percent). In 2016 tourists left in Krakow 5.48 billion zlotys, an equivalent of about 1.3 billion euro, which amounts to roughly 4.5 percent of the city’s gross product, with 40,000-plus people employed in tourism-related services.

'White Lady', a street artist

Krakow National Museum Is to Get a New Branch.

The National Museum in Krakow will open a brand-new branch to display its collections of the Polish design and architecture, from fashion to furniture to interior decoration. It will be situated in the recently purchased building of Hotel Cracovia, opposite the main hall of the Krakow National Museum. The hotel, completed in 1965, is considered a good example of the Polish 20th-century modernist architecture. As the structure requires conversion and modernization, it will take years to open the new branch of the National Museum. But as early as next May the building is to host the first temporary exhibition.

Local Elections This October.

Krakow local government elections are scheduled for Sunday, October 21st 2018, the same date as everywhere in Poland. The incumbent four-term mayor, Professor Jacek Majchrowski, seeks reelection as the spearhead of a center-left coalition. The Krakow voters will vote in the city’s mayor for a five-year term and cast their votes for the lists of candidates to the city council, to the provincial assembly, and to the district councils.

Local Elections Produced City Council, Mayoral Runoff.

Local elections on October 21st, 2018 have upheld the current majority in the City Council in Krakow as a coalition of the centrist Civic Platform party (Platforma Obywatelska - PO) and center-left Nowoczesna party plus supporters of the incumbent mayor have secured 23 seats in the 43-strong body. Their opponents, the right-wing Law and Justice party (Prawo i Sprawiedliwosc – PiS), will have 16 councilors, while the remaining four seats went to a failed mayoral candidate and his three supporters. In the concurrent mayoral race no candidate won the outright majority of votes. In run-off on November 4th the incumbent Jacek Majchrowski will fight Miss Malgorzata Wassermann, a prominent member of Law and Justice party and a sitting Member of Parliament.

 

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