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Stena, Gdynia, Sign Up for 5 More Years
November 18, 2009   
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1.3 trillion euros is how much the German government has pumped into the country's formerly communist eastern regions since the Berlin Wall fell 20 years ago, according to the Halle Institute for Economic Research (IWH). Welfare and social security spending accounts for two-thirds of the amount.

Swedish ferry operator Stena Line and the Port of Gdynia Authority signed an agreement in October to work together for another five years. Stena Line ferries have called at the Polish Baltic port of Gdynia for 15 years.

Two ferries operate on the route from Gdynia to Karlskrona, Sweden. From January to the end of September this year, they transported 49,112 freight units and 159,071 passengers from Poland compared to 69,039 units and 148,263 passengers in the same period the year before. The number of passenger cars transported stayed at a similar level, 40,200 in 2008 and 39,500 in 2009. The reduction in income from the transport of freight units was offset by the rise in the transport of passengers after pessimistic forecasts proved exaggerated in the case of tourist traffic.

This summer, 8 percent more tourists than last year traveled across the Baltic between Gdynia and Karlskrona, despite the economic crisis. Many tourists treat an excursion to Sweden as an additional attraction during their holidays on the Polish coast. In autumn, Stena Line also offers a range of tourist excursions, such as a trip to the historic city of Kalmar and to the Swedish island of Öland. Special ferry trips will also be held for the first time this year for Halloween and St. Andrew's Eve. A special cruise is scheduled for the first weekend after Polish Independence Day on Nov. 11. A Hollywood-style New Year's Eve party will also be held aboard a Stena Baltica ferry.

Stena Line is one of the world's largest ferry companies with a modern fleet of 33 vessels and Europe's most comprehensive route network consisting of 18 ferry routes in Scandinavia and around Britain.
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