Republic of Poland

Capital:   Warsaw
 Population:   38.1 Million
Size:   120,756 sq. miles
Currency:   Zloty
Language:   Polish
Religion:   Roman Catholic

Fun Facts About Poland:

  • Poland is now 1039 years old. Its formal beginning is the year 966 when the ruling prince, Mieszko I, decided to adopt Christianity as the official religion.

  • Poland is the 69th largest country and the 9th largest in Europe.

  • Poland is bordered by Germany to the west; the Czech Republic and Slovakia to the south; Ukraine, Belarus and Lithuania to the east; and the Baltic Sea and Kaliningrad Oblast, a Russian exclave, to the north.

  • Poland joined NATO in 1999 and became a member of the European Union in 2004. The White Tailed Eagle is their national symbol.

  • Polish people have won 17 Nobel prizes including 4 Peace prizes and 5 in Literature.

  • In Poland most Poles consider their name day more important than their birthdays.

  • Poland was a co-host country, along with Ukraine, for the EURO 2012 Soccer Championship

Polish Cusine:

It is rich in meat, especially beef, chicken and pork, and winter vegetables (cabbage in the dish bigos), and spices, as well as different kinds of noodles the most notable of which are the kluski. Specialties include chlodnik (a chilled beet or fruit soup for hot days), golonka (pork knuckles cooked with vegetables), kolduny (meat dumplings), zrazy (stuffed slices of beef), salceson and flaki (tripe).

Polish Folk Dance:

Poland is blessed with a rich folk culture dating back several centuries. Customs and traditions vary significantly from region to region. Each with its own unique style in dance and costume.

Famous Poles:

  • Pope John Paul II

  • Fryderyk Chopin

  • Nicolaus Copernicus (Founder of Astronomy)

  • Maria Sklodowska-Curie

  • Czeslaw Milosz (Author & Nobel Prize Winner)

  • Tomasz Adamek (Boxer)

  • Tadeusz Kosciuszko