GENERAL DESCRIPTION

Poland is a country located in Central Europe. With a population of nearly 38.5 million people, it is the sixth most populous member state of the European Union. The most visited locations are Kraków, Warsaw (the capital and largest metropolis), Wrocław, Gdańsk, Poznań, Szczecin, Lublin, Toruń, Zakopane, the Salt Mine in Wieliczka and the historic site of Auschwitz – A German nazi concentration camp. Other recreational destinations include the Masurian Lake District, the Baltic Sea coast, the Tatra Mountains and the Białowieża Forest.

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COUNTRY FACTS

POPULATION

38.5 million

CAPITAL

Warsaw (1.7 million)

GDP PER CAPITA

U.S. $14,902

LANGUAGE

Polish

RELIGION

Roman Catholic

LIFE EXPECTANCY

77.6

AREA

312,696 square kilometers (120,733 square miles)

LITERACY PERCENT

98.7

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WARSAW

Warsaw is the capital and largest city of Poland. It is a major international tourist destination, and a significant cultural, political and economic hub. Its historical old town was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Once described as the "Paris of the North", Warsaw was bombed at the start of the German invasion in 1939, and gained the new title of “Phoenix City” because of its complete reconstruction after World War II, which had left over 85% of its buildings in ruins.

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WROCLAW

Wrocław is a city on the Oder River in western Poland. It is known for its Market Square, lined with elegant townhouses and featuring a modern fountain. Also on the square is the Gothic Old Town Hall, with its large astronomical clock. Nearby is the Panorama of Racławice, a painting depicting the 1794 battle for independence. The Centennial Hall auditorium, with its giant dome and tall spire, lies across the river.

WARSAW

Poland 2019 01-02-Warsaw 2019 01-02-Old Town-75 COVER

Warsaw is the capital and largest city of Poland. It is a major international tourist destination, and a significant cultural, political and economic hub. Its historical old town was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Once described as the "Paris of the North", Warsaw was bombed at the start of the German invasion in 1939, and gained the new title of “Phoenix City” because of its complete reconstruction after World War II, which had left over 85% of its buildings in ruins.

WROCLAW

Poland 2019 01-02-Wroclaw 2019 03-The Wroclaw gnomes-5 COVER

Wrocław is a city on the Oder River in western Poland. It is known for its Market Square, lined with elegant townhouses and featuring a modern fountain. Also on the square is the Gothic Old Town Hall, with its large astronomical clock. Nearby is the Panorama of Racławice, a painting depicting the 1794 battle for independence. The Centennial Hall auditorium, with its giant dome and tall spire, lies across the river.

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