|Free City of Knińsk|
From the top, left-to-right: Bay of Kninsk • Kninsk Tower • Kninsk Old Town Skyline • City Harbour • Kninsk at night • Kninsk Town Hall
|Nickname(s): Silver Anchor|
|Motto: Gloria Kninsk|
|County||City with County Status|
(21 City Councilpersons)
|• President||Karolina Dziewiak (PKN)|
|• Total||730.000 (Metro) 1.013/km2|
810.000 (M.Ar.) 578/km2
|• Density||Template:Infobox settlement/densdisp|
It has a population of 730 thousand, and 810 thousand when measured with Kninsk Metropolitan Area. It is one of the oldest cities in Valruzia; Knisk was settled in 1630. The prosperity of the city was historically based on maritime trade. Kninsk is home to 135,000 Valruzia's Heritage Protected Landmarks - the largest amount of any Valruzian city.
Today, Kninsk is the historical center of Pomerania. Kninsk is also the seat of the Aurorian Patriarchal Archdiocese of Kninsk. Because of its rich heritage, Kninsk is today one of the most popular Valruzian tourist destinations, named "entertainment center of the Pomerania" by The Valruzian Economist and "Valruzia's new capital of cool" by The Valruzian Insider.
Kninsk lies in the Pomerania at the shore of the Valruzian basin at the range of altitudes from -2 meters below sea level to 145 meters above sea level. It is around 175 kilometers south-west from Nowogard, 335 kilometers north of Gryfitow, and 250 kilometers from Baltunowice. The only river flowing through the city is the Libard river.
Hel lies in the humid subtropical climate. Kninsk has mild winters with temperatures as low as minus 10 degrees Celsius and very warm, humid summers with temperatures exceeding 35 degrees celsius. December and January are two coolest months in the year, June and July the warmest.
Kninsk it the 8th largest city in Valruzia. With a population of 730 thousand and Kninsk Metropolitan Area population of 810 thousand, it is surpassed by Nowogard, Brzansk, Hel, Gryfitow, Szary Kamien, Pastarnia and Dabik. More than 90% of its population declares Valruzian nationality. Around 76 thousand foreigners live in the Kninsk Metropolitan Area. The recorded number of foreigners and place of their origin:
- Likatonia - 13.000
- Aldegar - 10.000
- Malivia - 8.500
- Gaduridos - 8.000
- Tukarali - 7.800
- Kanjor - 7.000
- Rildanor - 6.500
- Alduria - 3.100
- Kalistan - 2.800
- Indrala - 2.800
- Cildania - 2.000
- Dorvik - 1.800
- Deltaria - 1.800
- Kazulia - 1.400
- Aloria - 1.200
- Kirlawa - 800
Kninsk is divided into 14 boroughs. Like in any other city in Valruzia the shape and number of the boroughs are decided upon by the City Council. The boroughs are divided into neighborhoods.
Current boroughs of Kninsk are: Old Town (Stare Miasto) (10), Grobla (8), Nowa Grobla (5), Gajkowice (10), Zadarzyce (11), Bąkowice (8), Grodzisko (10), Budziszyn (5), Gajków (4), Rembertowo (10), Bąków (12), Iglica (18), Zalesie (20), Północ (21).
Each borough has its council. The borough council is elected simultaneously with the local election which takes place alongside the general elections every 5 years. City council has 21 councilpersons and borough councils may have up to 12 councilpersons depending on the number of inhabitants.
Kninsk's architecture is one of the oldest in the country and features many ancient structures that are utilized today. One of the most characteristics of the city and at the same time one of its most valuable tourist attraction are the city walls which stretch for 17 kilometers around the borough of Old Town and Grobla. It is Kninsk's architecture which takes the majority of positions in the city's list of Valruzia's Heritage Protected Landmarks.
Kninsk's economy has changed throughout the ages. Although there is little specific information about the earliest years, it is likely that an important source of the city's prosperity was the trade in slaves, captured in western Dovani and sold to other countries in Seleya, Artania, and Majatra. Kninsk's location at South Ocean, with easy access in the heartland of the Seleyan continent, gave the city a distinct advantage in terms of trade in the past. Port of Kninsk once was the busiest port in Seleya and continues to be an important hub in trade between Seleya and other continents.
The city is facing financial challenges thanks to ancient architecture which requires constant maintenance and modernization which consumes a large portion of the city budget. As one of a few cities in Valruzia, it continues to have a major deficit in its budget and debts in excess of VPO 1 billion. Real estate prices are one of the highest in the country. The city is also facing other challenges, including erosion, pollution, subsidence, an excessive number of tourists in peak periods, and problems caused by oversized cruise ships sailing close to the banks of the historical city.
Apart from tourism, Kninsk today is also a city with a prominent shipbuilding industry, important transportation, and passenger hub in terms of maritime transport as well as in recent decades an important business and financial center.
Kninsk is an important destination for tourists who want to see its celebrated art and architecture. The city hosts up to 140,000 tourists per day. Estimates of the annual number of tourists vary from 35 million to 45 million. This "overtourism" creates overcrowding and environmental problems for Kninsk's ecosystem. Tourism accounts for 35% of Kninsk's GDP and is considered as a vital and integral part of the current city's economic orientation.
Gdynia is the second-largest seaport in Valruzia, and fourth-largest in Seleya, in terms of transshipment. It specializes in container transshipments. Despite this, it is considered to be the most versatile port on the Valruzian coast. Port of Kninsk is one of the biggest employers in the city. It employs around 14,500 thousand people. It is also the main passenger port in the Valusian Voivodeship.
Kninsk is the seat of many companies from the maritime economy sector - shipyards (Stocznia Kninsk S.A., Stocznia Marynarki Obronnej S.A.), companies connected with the functioning of the port, shipowners (WLO Valruzian Oceanic Lines), shipping agencies, brokerage, transport, and forwarding companies, and many others. The Maritime Academy of Kninsk is headquartered within the port and enrolls 12,000 students.
Mass public transportationEdit
In terms of public transportation system in Kninsk, 4 different kinds/means of mass public transportation can be outlined: Kninsk Urban Bus System (Val.: Kninski System Autobusów Miejskich), Water Trams in Kninsk (Val.: Tramwaje Wodne w Knińsku), Trolleybuses in Knisk (Val.: Knińskie Trolejbusy), and Rapid Urban Rail of Kninsk (Val.: Szybka Kolej Miejska w Knińsku).
The Kninsk Urban Bus System operates a fleet of 654 buses and 110 trolleybuses which service 311 daytime lines and 76 nighttime lines. Trolleybuses operate only in Old Town and Grobla boroughs. Kninsk is one of three cities in Valruzia to operate a water tramway system (two others are: Nowogard and Gryfitow. The city has 1 regular line that travels through the Bay of Kninsk and the upstream of the Libard river to a passenger port in Iglica borough with 14 stops during the way. Thanks to the extensive railroad network within the city, Kninsk could be equipped with a rapid rail that encompasses the city and also uses a cross-city rail tunnel which is one of the deepest tunnels in the country. Thanks to the high ground humidity, the tunnel lies 115 meters below the sea level and has an ending station in the borough of Grobla.
Kninsk Main Railway Station is the principal station of Kninsk. It is located in the Grobla borough and serves international and intercity routes. Knisk has also two supplementary railways stations that serve only intercity routes within Valruzia. Rapid Urban Rail (RUR) use all three stations. There are also 15 additional RUR mini-stations across the city. Kninsk is well communicated with Valruzian railroad system and the city is served by high-speed trains which allow for quick communication with the capital city Nowogard.
Highway and ExpresswaysEdit
Kninsk is well communicated with the national road network and is served by two major highways: A2 stretching from Sztolniaty to Gryfitow and A33 which connects the city with the eastern counties and Chynberg and Ruzian Voivodeship.
Kninsk with population over 700,000 is the largest city in Valruzia without a designated separate airport and instead, it is serviced by Nowogard Ignanski Airport which primarily serves Nowogard but since 4360 Terran Olympics Nowogard is also serviced by the Nowogard City Airport which services more than 40 million passengers. Kninsk is well communicated with airport thanks to high-speed rail services by the WKP Valruzian State Railways. Every 15 minutes a high-velocity train XR200A leaves Kninsk for the airport and the 175-kilometer journey takes 50 minutes.
Valruzian Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport announced that a designated airport for Kninsk will be built 25 kilometers north of the city center. It will be equipped with one runway. According to prognosis, the airport will be able to meet the city's needs for air transportation.