"Poland" Poland by Lensa
Poland Travel Guide: 17,092 reviews and 45,313 photos
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 millions (e.g. more than California) it ranks
among the most influential and remarkable countries in central and Eastern Europe. It is
bordered by Germany, the Slovak Republic, the Czech Republic, Ukraine, Belarus,
Lithuania and Russia. To the north Poland borders the Baltic Sea. Most of the country
is a plain with no natural boundaries except the Carpathian Mountains in the south and
the Oder and Neisse rivers in the west. Other major rivers, which are important to
commerce, are the Vistula, Warta, and Bug. Most of the country lies less than 200
metres above sea level. The highest peak - Rysy - is 2,500 metres.
The country is 100's of years old so its history and museums are an attraction to
everyone. 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: Krakow,
Warszawa, Gdansk, Czestochowa, Auschwitz, the Tatra mountains. There are 23
National Parks in Poland.
Poland has a temperate climate with seasonal variations between -15C in winter
and 35C in the summer. The extremes of temperature are more pronounced in the
mountains of the south and in the lake area in the north.
Natural resources include coal, sulphur, copper, natural gas, silver, amber, lead, salt
and arable land.
Full country name: Republic of Poland
National name: Rzeczpospolita Polska
Area: 312,685 sq km (120,728 sq mi)
Capital city: Warsaw, 2,201,900 (metro. area), 1,607,600 (city proper);
Other large cities: Lodz, 778,200; Krakow, 733,100; Wroclaw, 632,200; Poznan,
581,200; Gdansk, 456,700; Szczecin, 415,700
People: Polish 96.7%, German 0.4%, Belorussian 0.1% Ukrainian 0.1%, other 2.7%
Religion: 95% of the population is Roman Catholic, Catholic Orthodox (minority),
Ukrainian Catholic (minority), Protestant (minority), Eastern Orthodox (minority)
Currency: 1 zloty (PLN) = 100 groszys
Government: Bicameral parliamentary democracy
President: Aleksander Kwasniewski
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