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Poland Introduction

Poland is a large central European nation that borders on the Baltic Sea. Warsaw is Poland's capital and largest city.

Poland is named after the Polane, a Slavic tribe that lived more than a thousand years ago in what is now Poland. The name Polane comes from a Slavic word that means plain or field.

Flat plains and gently rolling hills cover most of the country. Rugged mountains form part of the southern boundary of Poland, and thousands of small, scenic lakes dot the northern regions of the country.

A Short Background

Poland gained its independence in 1918 only to be overrun by Germany and the Soviet Union in World War II. It became a Soviet satellite country following the war, but one that was comparatively tolerant and progressive.

Labor turmoil in 1980 led to the formation of the independent trade union "Solidarity" that over time became a political force and by 1990 had swept parliamentary elections and the presidency.

A "shock therapy" program during the early 1990s enabled the country to transform its economy into one of the most robust in Central Europe, boosting hopes for acceptance to the EU. Poland joined the NATO alliance in 1999.

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Topography of Poland - Read more about the geography and topography of Poland

History of Poland - Presents a detailed historical background and culture of Poland

Life & People of Poland - Study the characteristics, background, and details on the people of Poland

Local Cuisine of Poland - Find out delicious local cuisines of Poland

Holidays in Poland - Check out a list of the local holidays in Poland

Festivals in Poland - Learn about the festivals in Poland

Embassies of Poland - Provides an Embassy database for Poland

Administration facts of Poland - Learn about the governmental administration facts of Poland

Newstands in Poland - Browse through a collection of local online newspapers of Poland

Attractions in Poland - Discover the best places to visit, sight seeing, and tourist attractions in Poland

Maps of Poland - Discover a detailed map of Poland

Map Database of Poland - Browse a large collection of city, country, historical, political, thematic, and shaded relief maps of Poland

Flags of Poland - Uncover the flag images and description of the flag of Poland. Includes historical flags, symbols, and related information

Weather for cities of Poland - Browse weather forecast, hourly conditions, temperature, sunrise, sunset, and other weather related reports for the cities of Poland

Shopping in Poland - Find out the best places for shopping in Poland

Restaurants in Poland - Browse a list of eat-outs in Poland

Geography of Poland - Highlights the location, map references, area, land boundaries, climate, natural resources, land use, natural hazards, environment, and geography of Poland

People of Poland - Learn about the population, age structure, birth and death rate, sex ratio, nationality, ethnic groups, religions, languages, and literacy in Poland

Government and Politics in Poland - Profiles the country name, government type, administrative divisions, independence, national holiday, constitution, legal system, suffrage, executive, legislative, and judicial branches, political parties and leaders, and a flag description of Poland.

Economy of Poland - Study the GDP, growth rate, per capita, inflation, labor, budget, industries, exports, imports, currency, exchange rates, and economy of Poland

Communications in Poland - Browse statistics on telephones, mobile and cellular lines in use, radio broadcast stations, televisions, internet country code, ISP's, internet users, and facts on communications in Poland

Transportation in Poland - Offers statistical details on the railways, highways, waterways, ports & harbors, airports, and other facts on transportation in Poland

Military of Poland - Provides statistics on military branches, army, air force, navy, manpower, military service, expenditure, and facts on military in Poland

Transnational Issues of Poland - Explore international disputes and transnational issues of Poland


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