Nowa Sól is a town located in the southern part of Lubusz Province, by the Oder River, on a moraine ridge referred to as the Trzebnicki Ridge (Wał Trzebnicki), forming the so-called Lubuskie Tri-City, together with Zielona Góra and Sulechów.
The town was traditionally involved in salt purification, with the first saltworks erected in 1533, which used imported salt. Following the Thirty Years’ War and the closing of the Port of Szczecin by the Kingdom of Sweden, the so-called “salt period” came to an end. Nowa Sól was granted its borough rights in 1774. The 19th Century saw a dynamic development of the town, including the erection of a thread factory, a glue factory, and a steel mill. At the beginning of the 20th Century, a river shipyard was put into service. Following the end of the Second World War, Nowa Sól became famous for its Nadodrzańskie Zakłady Przemysłu Lniarskiego “Odra” (Linen Production Factory).
Nowa Sól is also home to the so-called Garden Gnome Park (Park Krasnala), established in honour of garden gnome figures. In 2009, Solanin Film Festiwal (a festival dedicated to off-films) started to be held in the town.
Polish actress Magdalena Różczka was born in Nowa Sól.