Warsaw contributes about 12% to Poland's total income. With a speeding upward GDP growth of 6.5%, the city is ranked the 35th most expensive city to live in, according to GaWC, in 2008.
Many global companies are building branches, offices and headquarters in Warsaw. With even less than 3% unemployment rate, the city is home to major universities, high-end malls, government seats, churches and some of Europe's tallest buildings. The charming blend of the city's Old Town, New Town and city central is a beautiful play for the tourists, who get to appreciate the rebuilt historical structures, along with the chic, colourful towers facilitating modern needs.
The industrial leg of the city comprises of electronics, high-tech mechanics and the fast growing food-processing industry. Only a number of major factories are still running in Warsaw, like a steel mill and an export car factory.
Warsaw Stock Exchange proves to be one of the most promising trading sectors in Europe, with more than 300 companies listed. Varied financial options like cash, derivatives or investments, are offered to market players and investors.