Did you know that Białystok is the largest city in northeastern Poland and that it is the capital of the Podlaskie Voivodeship. The Podlaskie Voivodeship came into being on the 1st January 1999, and the area that it covers was taken from the former Łomża Voivodeship and Białystok voivodeships, and the eastern half of the former Suwałki voivodeship.
Białystok is located on the banks of the Biała River, which passes though Białystok from South to North-East, in the North Podlasie Lowland. Out of all the cities of Poland, Białystok ranks as the number eleventh in population, as well as the second in population density, and thirteenth in area and size.Białystok is also covered in forest making it the fifth most forested city in Poland. It has a population of almost 300,000 people.
Białystok and its surrounding area were settled right back as far as the 14th century, while the city charter only dates back to 1692. Białystok is the most important economic center in northeastern Poland, and is traditionally seen as being a leading centre in cultural, artistic as well as academic life in Podlaskie.