Poland is a central European country located just to the east of Germany. There is a current population of over 38.5 million people in Poland and an area of around 312,000 square kilometers. There is a temperate climate in the country with cool summers and cold winters.
Polish, a Slavic Language, is the official language of Poland. However, around 16 other languages are recognized as minority languages in the country including Armenian, Czech, and Russian.
- Polish people have won 17 Nobel prizes including four Peace prizes and five in Literature.
- The Polish flag is the same as the Indonesian and Monaco flags, only upside down.
- If weddings do not occur in months that contain the letter “r”, Polish folklore contends that they will not be successful.
- Nicolaus Copernicus, a Polish astronomer, hypothesized during the Renaissance that the the universe did not revolve around the Earth.
- You should not enter a Polish home with religious symbols on, because the host could find this offensive.
- Seven countries share a country with Poland. These include Russia, the Czech Republic, Lithuania, Belarus, Slovakia, Ukraine and Germany.
- The national symbol of Poland is the White Eagle.
- Famous physicist and chemist Marie Curie was born in Poland, even though she spent most of her life and completed much of her work in France.
- Football (soccer) is vital in Poland. In fact, the national team won a gold medal in the 1972 Olympics and made it to the World Cup finals in 1974 and 1982.