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Poland

General information

Poland is the largest of the East European countries which joined the EU in May 2004. Poland is comparable in size to Italy or Germany (in USA larger than New Mexico) and with a population of approximately 39 million (e.g. more than California) it ranks among the most influential and remarkable countries in central and Eastern Europe. Poland is a stable democracy with a truly fascinating history, great cultural heritage and several areas of outstanding natural beauty.

Many Polish tourist sights have already gained a worldwide reputation and are an absolute must to see if you consider a journey to this area: Kraków, Warszawa, Gdańsk, Częstochowa, Auschwitz, the Tatra mountains.

Our approach to traveling will assure you both a secure and enjoyable stay, let us help you to discover our beautiful country.

Though our offer is aimed primarily at the famous spots we would like to draw your attention to the less densely populated areas which offer an unconventional, but seductive program.

Map of Poland

POLAND IN NUMBERS

Area 312 685 km2
Population 38.7 Mil.
Density/sq km 124 (km2)
Capital Warszawa (Warsaw) 1.65 Mil.
Administrative division 16 provinces (wojewodztwa)
Currency 1 Zloty (PLN) = 100 Groszy (1 EUR = aprox. 4 PLN)
Time GMT+1h
Religion Catholics 90.7 %, Orthodox 1.4%, others 7.9%
Nationalities Poles 98.5 %, Ukrainians 0.6%, Germans 0.5, others 0.4%
Life expectancy 68 years men, 77 years women
Urbanization 65%
Literacy 99%
Tourism 14 million tourists visit Poland every year, Poland ranks 14th in the world as a tourist destination
Border countries Germany (467 km), Czech Republic (790 km), Slovakia (538 km), Ukraine (529 km), Belarus (416 km), Russia (210 km), Lithuania (103 km), Baltic coastline (788 km)
Surface Poland consists mostly of lowlands, the lowest point – the village of Racki Elblaskie 1.8 meters below the sea level
Mountains On the Southern border, High Tatra (highest peak Rysy 2,499 m), Bieszczady, Beskid, Karkonosze, Gory Stolowe
Rivers the Vistula (Wisla) 1,047 km, the Odra, the Bug, the Warta
Lakes Sniardwy (Mazury)113,8 km2

SIZE IN COMPARISON

Rank Country Size (in km2) World Rank
1 Ukraine 603700 43
2 France 543958 47
3 Spain 505992 50
4 Sweden 446964 54
5 Germany 357022 61
6 Finland 338145 63
7 Norway 323877 66
8 Poland 312658 67
9 Italy 301268 69
10 Great Britain 244100 76

POPULATION IN COMPARISON

Rank Country Population (mln) World Rank
1 Germany 82.1 12
2 France 58.9 20
3 Great Britain 58.7 21
4 Italy 57.3 22
5 Ukraine 50.7 23
6 Spain 39.6 29
7 Poland 38.7 30
8 Romania 22.4 44
9 Netherlands 15.7 56
10 Greece 10.4 70

 

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