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Poland

a great Country

Poland’s countryside, seaside to the north, and mountains to the south provide visitors with a variety of landscapes to relax in. Resorts in the south attract skiers and hikers, while those who want to trawl the beach for amber will have to head to the coast. In between, forests hide flora and fauna and outcroppings and lakesides reveal manor houses or castles.

Meet Moons of Poland

Poland’s boundaries have been in constant flux throughout its history. Lithuania, Germany, Ukraine, and Russia have all be a part of Poland at one time or Poland has been a part of them. With so many influences, the visitor can expect variety in Polish architecture, customs, and culture. However, throughout its tumultuous history, Poland has maintained a unique identity through its staunchly Roman Catholic background and its proud heritage.

Polish Way

When visiting Poland it is important to know some of the ancient Polish ways. It is a country with a lot of history and culture where traditional customs are highly appreciated.

‘Poland is an example par excellence of the imagined community and of the ability of nationalism to shape the world. Poland exists because individuals voluntarily fought for a free and united Poland. History is one of the themes used to create a commonality and a feeling of pride. Poles consider themselves to be members of a community’.
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Culture

Polish culture has its roots in history, but it continues to develop, incorporating old tradition with modern sensibilities. If you’re interested in the culture of Poland, whether because you’re traveling to Poland, getting in touch with your Polish roots, or simply satisfying your curiosity, what you discover will surprise and delight you.

photo on the left: Mariusz Cieszewski / Polish Foreign Ministry

Traditions

Polish traditions through the year include holidays, customs, superstitions, rituals, and celebrations. Some are firmly rooted in the the national religion, Catholicism; others stem from pagan rites of seasons. In many cases, visitors to Poland can participate or learn more about these traditions.

photo below: Kolędnicy by Monica Blatton, flickr.com

History

Poland has had a long and rich history. Over the past thousand years the country has defended its freedom and sovereignty. Poland’s history dates back to prehistory times when Slavic tribes arrived on this territory and settled down. The first documented ruler was Mieszko I. In 966 duke Mieszko I converted to Christianity and by baptism brought Poland to the community of Western nations. 

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Food

The Christian rituals of feasting and fasting, introduced to Poland in 10th Century, have had a strong influence on Polish food traditions. During the fasts no meat is eaten, so many meatless and fish dishes have become a part of Polish cookery. Located between powerful neighbours, Poland formed many alliances throughout its history. These influenced its food customs. However, all these foreign dishes have become part of a unique Polish cooking style.

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A nation with a proud cultural heritage, Poland can trace its roots back over 1,000 years. Positioned at the centre of Europe, it has known turbulent times. A new era began when Poland became an EU member in May 2004, five years after joining Nato and 15 years after the end of communist rule. Poland is the 9th largest country in Europe.

Weather

Poland’s climate can be described as a temperate climate with relatively cold winters and warm summers. The most pleasant times to visit Poland are late spring and late summer, when it’s still warm and the crowds of tourists have either not yet arrived or already gone home. Winter is great as well, especially in rural part of the country.

Transport

In the large cities in Poland the public transportation system is well developed. Traveling around a city is easily done using buses or subway in Warsaw. In small towns local bus services are widely provided. Each city has a slightly different system of ticketing and fares, so be prepared to watch what the locals do.

Currency

Poland’s legal tender is called Złoty (PLN). You can exchange money everywhere. You can use an ATM machine or visit a bank, currency exchange counter in town or at a hotel reception desk. All major foreign currencies may be exchanged for Polish money at a bank or exchange counter, known as "kantor".

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CULTURAL AND NATURAL HERITAGE

A UNESCO World Heritage Site is a place that is listed as site of outstanding cultural or natural importance to the common heritage of humanity. There are fourteen Natural World Heritage Sites in Poland and 13 Cultural.

POLISH DIASPORA

There are roughly 20 million people of Polish ancestry living outside Poland, making the Polish diaspora one of the largest in the world, as well as one of the most widely dispersed.

NOBEL PRIZES

Poles have won a total of 17 Nobel Prizes (more than Japan, China, India, or Australia), including four Peace Prizes and five in Literature.

Amo a Polonia, es la tierra de mi amado Chopin. Se cuanto sufrió su pueblo bajo distintas ocupaciones, por eso mi amor y mi admiración.

IRMA - Argentina, Buenos Aires

Lovely, there's so much more to Poland than Kraków. I'm going to be busy next year and for a few years after that'.

Pat - Ireland

Beautiful Love POLAND, as always I support and enjoy their publications. With regard to the Polish diaspora my husband and I, we will send information and pictures for you to choose what is of interest. Always with you, dear LOVE POLAND!

Veronica - Argentina

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  An interesting source of information about our country, especially for our friends from abroad. We would like the beauty of Poland to be presented through photographs to encourage you to get to know Poland better and to become an inspiration for your own research.  We are especially grateful to the authors of the photographs for their cooperation. Meet their creative works of art. This is an inspirational experience. Enjoy your reading

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POCKET HISTORY OF POLAND

“This small book is like having quick reference about Poland in a pocket from a native young Pole, who tells the story of the country in a fabulous manner. Amazing allegory, humour, lightness of sentences and helpful insight from the author reads very well. I recommend the book simply for its quality. Well done!”

– Lela Tssave; OSCE/ODIHR Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights

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