The Republic of Poland
Poland, The Republic of Poland – country located in the centre of Europe. It is divided into 16 administrative subdivisions with the total area of 312,696 square kilometers and has a moderate seasonal climate. The Polish population is over 38.5 million people. In terms of area 312 679 km² Poland is in 9th place, taking into account European countries. It borders with 7 countries: Germany in the west, Slovakia and the Czech Republic in the south, Russia and Lithuania in the north, Belarus and Ukraine in the east. In the north, the state border runs along the coast of the Baltic Sea. Total Polish borders are 3511 km.
Interesting facts about Poland
Poland is the largest amber exporter in the world – it is estimated that the share of Polish products on the world market can reach up to 70%.
Mieszko was the first Polish ruler in history – around 963. He was the first Christian leader of the country and the creator of the Piast dynasty.
50,000 Poles sacrificed their lives to save 450,000 Jews.
On September 12, 1989, the first non-communist elected government in the Warsaw Pact state took office, headed by Lech Wałęsa, Nobel Peace Prize laureate.
The narrowest house in the world is only 4 meters wide – it is located between two buildings in Warsaw.
On September 1, 1939, the German Wehrmacht invaded Poland without declaring war, thus starting World War II.
Poland in Numbers
Part of international community
Our country belongs to many important international organisations: Poland is a member of the European Union (EU), the Schengen Area, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO), United Nations (UN), International Monetary Fund (IMF), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), World Health Organisation (WHO), World Trade Organisation (WTO), Organisation for Cooperation and Development (OECD) and many others.
The Polish economy has been growing continuously for several decades. Our country is in a period of good economic conditions, low unemployment rate, rising wages and development of foreign investments. Thanks to high consumption, the deep slowdown that has hit Europe, don’t effect our country that much. Since 1990, Poland continue economic liberalization. It’s worth to mention that during economic slowdown in 2007-2008, polish economy was the only one in European Union which avoided recession. In the period from 1989 to 2018, Poland’s GDP increased by 826.96% and was the best result in Europe. In the years 2004–2016 Poland recorded an over threefold increase in exports and an over two and a half times increase in imports of goods and services. Strengths of the Polish economy are human resources, corporate investments, intellectual assets and economic results. Poland is the sixth economy of the European Union and the eighth in Europe
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