Poland

Everyone loves Poland, its people, culture, food, history and even its complicated hardened Slavic language. Here are some other facts that you might not know:

  • The official name of Poland is the Republic of Poland.
  • Poland is the 9th largest country in Europe by land area.
  • Seven countries share a border with Poland including Russia, Lithuania, Belarus, Slovakia, Ukraine, Czech Republic, and Germany.
  • Poland is home to over 38 million people.
  • Poland’s national symbol is the White Eagle.
  • A Polish state and the name Poland existed as far back as the year 966 during the reign of Mieszko I. The Kingdom of Poland was founded shortly after in 1025.
  • Nicolaus Copernicus the famous 16th-century astronomer who first suggested the sun was the centre of our universe, and famous physicist, chemist and Nobel laureate Marie Curie Sklodowska were both born in Poland.
  • Poland has more than 15 Nobel Prize laureates.
  • Poland has 14 heritage sites on the UNESCO World Heritage list.
  • Poland has beautiful beaches on the Baltic Sea, stunning mountain ranges, a glorious lake district and forests cover over 30% of its land area.
  • Poland is also now recognized as the safest country in Europe for women.
HOWEVER
  • About 1 in 4 children suffer from poverty, one of the highest in Europe, particularly affecting single-parent and larger families.
  • In Poland, when a child is sick, families receive minimal state assistance. They often face social discrimination and alienation and there is no social support system in place to help integrate sick and disabled children into the school system.