Poland in brief
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The Republic of Poland (Rzeczpospolita
Polska) is located in Central Europe, between Germany to the west,
the Czech Republic and Slovakia to the south, Ukraine and Belarus to
the east, and the Baltic Sea, Lithuania and Russia (Kaliningrad) to
the north. The capital is Warsaw. Poland acceded to the EU in 2004.
Poland is a fascinating country
with a lot to offer for pleasure and business. Poland provides many beautiful
and unspoilt places for recreation. You can go skiing or climbing in the
mountains, bathing in the sea and sailing or swimming in the lakes. Wild forest
occupies one third of the country and offers great walking, horse riding and
picnicking. Famous Polish mushrooms and berries grow in abundance, and are
exported all over the world. With plenty of budget and low-cost airlines, Poland
is easily accessible.
Some interesting facts and figures
- Pope John II and
Nicolaus Copernicus were among the famous alumni of Krakow's
Jagiellonian University, one of the oldest in Europe (founded 1364).
- Ignacy Paderewski (1860 - 1941) was the only Prime Minister who was also a composer and concert pianist of international repute.
- The Second World War
events portrayed in Steven Spielberg's film "Schindler's List" took
place in Krakow, where the filming on location also took place.
- The foundation of
the trade union "Solidarity" is deemed to be one of the prime reasons
for the eventual break-up of the Soviet Union.
- Poland is the fifth
largest country in the European Union.
Links relating to Poland
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